Author: Dan Vu

Turning Up on Time

Studio: ARCS 3107 – Studio 5

Professor: Roger Connah

Year: Winter 2021

Project Description

Social interaction is important for every individual’s mental health, helping those going through stress and major life changes. The idea and feeling of value by others, is an important psychological factor in helping to forget the negative and dark aspects of life, prompting more positive thoughts about their spatial environment. The craving for interaction is experienced by all, extroverts and even introverts, all on a search for meeting likeminded people, sharing ideas and working towards a common goal. The idea of a common “community” is not only limited to the restraints of living door to door within a neighbourhood. Community follows the movement of the people, it flourishes wherever support is present, helping another through their stresses, struggles. It is a built-up network that can make an individual feel at home. This project proposes to bring individuals together to create a community for those seeking to interact with others who share the same passion for spices, and cooking as an overall binding. Developed from a critical analysis, the
personal battle with predetermined designs limits the connectivity with narrative in previous years of design work. Exploring an alternative method, this project uses a deep narrative mapping of the history of the site and concepts of connection too inform the spatial cooking through the “social ingredient” of spice. Allowing for the project to brew completely in the narrative, and a design to be extracted only once it is ready.