between rooting and rising: an ode to earth
This design proposal aims to flesh out the idea of ground, in order to expose its layers, the values embedded and applied to it, and the opportunities it holds. The exploration of earth and its meaning, enables the proposal to manifest in the form of an educational and experiential space, carved into the base of Table Mountain. Through building into, on, and with the earth, architecture of the earth becomes both the place for exhibition, and the exhibition itself. The architecture of this dissertation becomes the embodiment of a perception of earth, its complex layers of historical, geographical, natural, cultural, and spiritual richness, and the result is an intervention born out of the site in order to serve it.