Architecture, Tactile, Sensual, Redevelopment, Elderly
The complex nature of one dealing with the end of their time here on Earth can never be fulling grasped by one moment, one person, or one idea of death. The cycle of life itself is a constant reflection of overlapping circumstances and memories that can only be understood in concurrence. The phenomenological aspect of 'being' both physically as well as mentally allows for this simultaneity to occur.
As one part of mans preparation of death, architecture has the potential to invoke an acute awareness of being (the understanding that one is still an individual with importance ans place in this life) as well as operate as an instrument which fluidly allows one to experience the processes of dying: the preparation of death, the death itself, and the time for grief and mourning. The role of the architecture must then have the capacity to invoke such phenomenological reaction within the boundaries of the deteriorating body as well as the space that it temporarily occupies.
The design of a hospice on the site on an abandoned granite quarry has the potential to generate a dialogue between architecture and the landscape where man is able to position him/herself with the realities of life and death through the sensual simulations of nature and place.
Stuart, Linnaea, "The Tactile and Sensual: Redeveloping an Abandoned Granite Quarry as Hospice Facilities for the Elderly" (2004). Architecture Thesis Prep. 386.
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