"Figure of the Picturesque" by John Clayson
A market. The project subverts the image of the picturesque folly in the landscape, creating a natural figure within Amman. The drawing stems from the notion that man-made structures are often seen as the ruin of nature. Interestingly, the converse is true that when a building turns to ‘ruin’ this is often punctuated by the growth of vegetation within the structure. The project poses that these conflicting perceptions have led to a dichotomy between the two and that through deliberate ruin the two can be synthesised. The project act as a criticism of the way nature inhabits modern cities, especially in the west where plants are often subjected to the object or the picturesque. This effect is emphasised in western planning through its concentration on vista. Through imitating forms of Arabic planning, I can create an inherently immersive and therefore spatial condition that sits between the object and the picturesque.
Figure of the Picturesque