Re-discovering Perception:  Neurological  Rehabilitation Center

 

We know the world through our bodies. Thoughts, sensations, emotions, experiences and the realm we live in, all contribute to having a clear awareness of who we are in the world and how we are with it. When one part of the body is disrupted, wounded or injured, the perception of who we are and what the world is changes. This studio will focus on thinking and designing a rehabilitation center for people that have suffered brain injuries that partially affect how they perceive the world. From wounded soldiers to patients of trauma, the project will concentrate on designing a place that explores the role of perception as a key component to the thinking and making of architecture. Fragmented perception, disrupted vision, temporal memory loss and notions of dislocation are some of the areas to be explored as well as how these gaps coexist with a “normally” perceived world. These areas will be paralleled with virtual and analog ways of drawing architecture. The site of this project will be located in Old Town, Alexandria.

 

 

Gallery of Surrealist Art

 

Surrealism, a cultural art movement begun in the early 1920s, emphasized according to André Breton, the “necessity to express internal perception visually.” Visual artists, including Kurt Schwitters, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Rene Magritte each subverted the mimetic, objective recording of appearances in favor of an angular anamorphic image that reveals what is frequently concealed by the frontal view of the banal and familiar. Dali’s famous paranoiac-critical method acknowledges the ability of the brain to perceive links between things which rationally are not linked and critically interpret them into an ambiguous image of “delirious phenomena.” This gallery will exhibit an intimate but significant collection of sculptures and paintings by these artists and include a lecture hall as well as lobby, café and private work area.

 

 

Studio Co-Authored with PAUL EMMONS and MARINA MARMELIC