manufacturing metamorphosis: creating a spatial catalyst for growth (and connection) by deconstructing barriers
Biologically, metamorphosis is the natural process of growth and change concerning a living organisms’ habitat, behaviour, or form. Architecturally, metamorphosis is the transformation of a spatial realm through a social, political, or economic system. Both metamorphoses instigated through natural or human intervention. In developing a spatial realm, which offers a subconscious comfortability to any person who passes through, by or inhabits it, comes the manufacturing process of allowing users to determine the ever-changing and perpetually incomplete outcome. This to suit themselves in their present moment, and after which future users being permitted that same agency.
Through this self-instigated process of transformation, a sense of belonging emerges as the attachment to place. Although belonging is subjective, it often comes from interaction with others, and the one certainty of interaction is that it occurs in a space, either virtually or face-to-face. Belonging is also embedded in human nature as the inherent need to be accepted and identify with something greater than oneself. This being able to be realised through communal space as this project aims to imagine a public space which is wholly inclusive. A space that allows total access that isn’t granted based on merit or monetary means, but rather on basic humanity: as every person is equally deserving of a space to inhabit without the barriers of privatisation or monetisation of land.