What we found out: We started from the point that the Urban Sanctuary is a concept that we consider needed in cities. In the context of densification, spaces for collective solitude are not sufficiently taken into account. Collective solitude, or “Being Alone Together”, is the atmosphere of the Urban Sanctuary. It is performative and always … More State of Progress and Outlook
Something that inspired us very much when looking into the subject of relaxation and urban stress is the Space-Out Competition, a yearly held performance art piece created by the artist WoopsYang. The Space-Out Competition started in Seoul, South Korea in 2014. Now it has spread to several cities in South Korea, Bejing in China, and … More Space-Out!
This was not only a gathering of information about different impressions, but also figuring out how to document, analyze, and express them. Therefore, this study is only describing our first steps in the search for urban sanctuaries. It was mainly conducted for the purpose of gaining a practical understanding of the theories we apply in … More Fieldwork Outcomes: Atmosphere.
The densification paradigm is contemporary and well established within the urban planning discourse. With our idea of the Urban Sanctuary we are questioning what is often seen as a consensus in the field; public space is supposed to be a platform for social interaction. We are not questioning social interaction as such, but rather the … More The densification paradigm
The discussions between us (Fernanda and Ezana) have been many – through FaceTime, Facebook messenger, e-mail, google documents, and phone calls to name a few. Sometimes those discussions are pivotal, but other times they can be very confusing and frustrating. One moment that was captured as an early manuscript for a blog post was this following … More About The Blog Format + Early Reflections on Spaces for Consumption.
Here, we want to take the opportunity to explain our idea of the type of atmosphere that the Urban Sanctuary suggests and supports. Again, atmosphere was described in the previous blog entry as a collective mood, emphasizing that the feeling of an atmosphere is a sensory experience of an interaction between socially created variables and … More Being Alone Together: Solitude as a Collective Mood.
When we began to think of the space to be conceptualized as the “Urban Sanctuary”, the first step was a search for the existence of the term. This is when we stumbled upon Anni Greve’s article ‘Learning from Tokyo urbanism: The urban sanctuaries’. It was surprising to be confronted with her concept, as it overlaps … More Anni Greve: Urban Sanctuaries as an in-between phenomenon.