A moment of presence - Narratives of real and imagined
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An outcome of my personal struggles, inquiries and great excitement, this study attempts to answer a question that although it is surprisingly simple I have yet to find a simple answer and thus I find it important to not be consigned to oblivion especially in nowadays’ world of digital ecstasy. What is a great moment of presence... ...that we experience in our intimate confrontation with a space, could be it a monument or the backyard garden? We find ourselves searching for the ideal form defining our design, but its anchor- ing into place has nothing to do with that. Then what has it to do with? This album desires to showcase an encounter with such a strong moment of presence, under- stand it, and aims until the very end to raise questions of perception along a process that doesn’t have a finite end, but hopefully continues in the mind of the reader after the last page of this album. The framework makes use of the phenomenological approach in order to understand the complexity of the narratives that arises at the intimate encounter with a place, narratives that instigate melancholy, passion or tension and ultimately encompass a great moment of presence. At the arrival, the work is focused towards assembling a project that endeavors to deliver such a presence, unveiling narratives of real and imagined. The whole research is a repository of stories, of atmospheres and thus presents a way of thinking, an approach rather than a definite solution to a task. The intervention calls for a children library and museum for Pinocchio stories in a pictur- esque corner of Italy: Collodi. As a support, it is based on the design task of a competition, but ques- tions and adjusts the amplitude of the program in regards to the place. Ultimately, this study learns how to ask the right questions rather than give definite answers. The final design remains humble to the place but desires to provoke emotion and bring with ardour and thrill an invitation for discovering a moment of presence through an architecture of empathy.