/skwaʁ/

/skwaʁ/, Work in progress

/skwar/ is a kind of pocket lexikon of existing squares typologies.

Path in the dwelling places depends of different elements : shapes of the building (closed/opened) and chaotic/ordered landscaping; but also other subjective aspects : seasons, light, moment of the day, acoustics and so on.
Architectural elements such as facade treatments, angles, transparent entrances and routes, have an influence on the atmosphere of the semi-private space which is the square.
In a reciprocal way, the landscaping character contributes to the feeling we could have in walking in these places.
The aim of this application is to make the inventory of squares and to point out the atmospheres which are created by the dialog between architecture and landscaping, which also a dialog between history of architecture and our contemporary vision.

«Quand le petit Poucet a été abandonné par ses parents dans la forêt, certes, il a pensé à ses parents : mais bien d’autres objets se sont offerts à lui : il a suivi un ou plusieurs sentiers, il est monté sur un arbre, il a aperçu une lumière, il s’est approché d’une maison isolée, etc. Comment résumer tout cela dans la simple remarque : il s’est égaré et n’a pas retrouvé ses parents ? S’il avait suivi un autre chemin, fait d’autres rencontres, le sentiment d’abandon eût été le même et, pourtant, il aurait gardé de tout autres souvenirs.»
Maurice Halbwachs in La Mémoire Collective

«When little Poucet was abandoned in the forest by his parents, he certainly thought about them; but he was also aware of many other things. He followed several paths, climbed a tree, saw a light, approached an isolated house, and so forth. How can all this be summarized in the simple comment that he was lost and couldn’t find his parents? Had he taken other paths or had other encounters, his feeling of abandonment might have been the same, yet he would have kept totally different remembrances.»
Maurice Halbwachs in The Collective Memory

 

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