Built Work

SOPHIA SARVER

Architecture and Landscape Concepts




FAUX D’ARTIFICE
2018 / Central Park, New York. Critics: Cathryn Dwyre, Evan Tribus, and Alex Pierre de Looz. In collaboration with Chafiq Ennaoui.



Central Park was designed in the Picturesque style, which in favoring nature that is stable, maintained, and subservient over that which resists control and categorization prompted an extensive re-work of the park’s native landscape. Originally an irregular terrain of swamps and cliffs, the site of Central Park was a “Wasteland,” a landscape requiring “purification” to make way for “civilized space.” Its natures, perceived as derelict and visceral were to be subdued, as the park was redesigned into a linear succession of events and clear boundaries. Condensing the landscape into a painterly diagram, out of historical inclinations of fear and disgust towards the mutable and indeterminate, Central Park’s design outdatedly posits the physical, uncontrolled environment as a societal threat. Central Park desperately requires an update, one that reconsiders its ecologies as the synthesis of nature and culture, acting as a single organism. 

Through an emphasis of the dynamic and changing properties of the park’s communities and ecosystems, this new ecological paradigm will simulate a terrain of local adaptation, appropriation, and flexibility, which may be guided to a state of relative stability – and only just. The focus is not to radicalize ecology, as we are not ecologists, but to revive its ability to radicalize social space as a reflexive medium. As a future, neo-picturesque interaction (picturesque constituting the way ecological material is administered), Central Park shall serve as a catalytic framework of structured heterogeneity, enabling a landscape of diverse, response-based activity.


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FAUX D’ARTIFICE
Degree Project - Unprocessed
2018 / Central Park, New York. Critics: Cathryn Dwyre, Evan Tribus, and Alex Pierre de Looz. In collaboration with Chafiq Ennaoui.

Jackie Kennedy Rerservoir - “Icebergs.” Artificial bioindicators of rising water levels.

Central Park was designed in the Picturesque style, which in favoring nature that is stable, maintained, and subservient over that which resists control and categorization prompted an extensive re-work of the park’s native landscape. Originally an irregular terrain of swamps and cliffs, the site of Central Park was a “Wasteland,” a landscape requiring “purification” to make way for “civilized space.” Its natures, perceived as derelict and visceral were to be subdued, as the park was redesigned into a linear succession of events and clear boundaries. Condensing the landscape into a painterly diagram, out of historical inclinations of fear and disgust towards the mutable and indeterminate, Central Park’s design outdatedly posits the physical, uncontrolled environment as a societal threat. Central Park desperately requires an update, one that reconsiders its ecologies as the synthesis of nature and culture, acting as a single organism.

Through an emphasis of the dynamic and changing properties of the park’s communities and ecosystems, this new ecological paradigm will simulate a terrain of local adaptation, appropriation, and flexibility, which may be guided to a state of relative stability – and only just. The focus is not to radicalize ecology, as we are not ecologists, but to revive its ability to radicalize social space as a reflexive medium. As a future, neo-picturesque interaction (picturesque constituting the way ecological material is administered), Central Park shall serve as a catalytic framework of structured heterogeneity, enabling a landscape of diverse, response-based activity.


                                         


A NEW ROMAN CIVIC
Vatican Tourist Vortex
2018  / Vatican City. Critic: Duks Koschitz. In collaboration with Bahar Partovi.



“The youngest Italians are the ones to whom religious experience is most foreign. They clearly go to church less, believe in God less, pray less, trust the church less, identify themselves as Catholic less, and say that being Italian does not mean being Catholic.”

The Vatican as a political and economical authority is losing its contemporary relevance to Italians, as religion lessens as a dominant social factor. Through a proposed visitor’s center to be located along the Via della Conciliazone, we aimed to reimagine the “Roman Civic” through programs that emphasize education, conversation, and expression. The center provides lecture halls, a library, museum, exhibition spaces, and workshop platforms for the discussion and awareness of controversial issues such as immigration, and politics of the Vatican state. We looked to the Nolli plan for design inspiration, as we focused on the spatial ground - through guiding pathways and gestural architecture, lingering piazzas, and porous building blocks that allow for public inclusion.



CITY FLOP
City Planning
2018  / Rome, Italy                                                                                    Critic: Duks Koschitz
                                                                                                  



Urban remanuevering.