The unification of the character we know in the cities is almost becoming a dying memory, says Norberg-Schulz. Accordingly, we must be able to improve our relationship with the environment by stepping out of the ordinary and looking at architecture for what it entails. My design thesis will acknowledge how an architectural building could take us to a point of reference in time and help us reflect on our historical interests and objectives using our memories, identity, and movement through the site.
The identity of memory is a unique reality. It is originated from the streets and paths around the site all leading to a center point of the building. Similarly, our memories are fragmented in the world with the different stories created in our lives. Translating this notion while experiencing it in architecture through the usage of materials and textures, where this will be reflected in the movement of the space. Since our memories have a fixed centre point and our thoughts stem out of it, the movement will be from the central main space spreading to the rest of the building.
The Waterways Museum will be a place that blends in with the surrounding and allow people to collectively link together. By understanding the history of the site and our memories of identity, the museum will be reflecting on our past experiences bringing them to the present.
“The movement of goods by water transport has decreased significantly since the heyday of the canal in the 19th century” says Moughtin Cliff. Consequently, I will be restoring the concept of manufacturing wooden/ timber boats through the identity of the site, which links the river and canal together where people can appreciate past experiences and craftsmanship. It will also influence knowledge by educating people on the historical context, making them feel a part of it through manufacturing their own boat and implementing their identity.