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Fort Ancient manifests a series of contradictions to be confronted and expressed via further human intervention. the contrast of the mysterious mounds that historians have yet to understand versus the museum full of explained artifacts, attempting to accurately retell the story of the ancient American Indians elicits The confrontation of the unknown versus the known. It can be argued that time buries truth, most literally expressed in the field of archeology where truth is found physically buried underground. The antithesis can also be argued; time reveals truth, as researchers are constantly answering an increasing number of questions about the past through new discoveries and new technologies. With this comes the final contradiction: the idea that time separates people versus the idea that people are timeless. While time has wisped away many explanations of the American Indians, archeologists have still discovered enough to know that we are not fundamentally different from people of ancient times; We all strive for food, safety, shelter, family, art, and game. In response to these contradictions, the cyclical form of circles, loops, and spirals arise. we start with a question revolving around a single curiosity, in this case, the mounds, travel back in time through artifacts of the ages, try to satisfy our inquiries with research, but alas end back at the question.  At Fort Ancient, the intervention consists of a museum full of inquisitive visitors traveling around the mysterious mound as they learn of research done, view the work of current archeologists, and arrive back where they started with new knowledge and more questions than they began with.

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Flowing Gardens—International Horticultural Expo 2011 in Xi’an, China by Plasma Studio

The 2011 Xi’an International Horticultural Exposition is composed of buildings and a series of gardens. The project is situated outside the Chan-Ba Ecological district. Originally, the site was dry, flat terrain. Plasma studio wanted to create a hybrid of manmade and natural systems, reflecting their perceived nature of the expo. To do this, they formed a “seamless blend of architecture, planting, and water” by transforming the typography of the site. By adding a hill and a lake with structure within the hill, the visitors are carried through and ecological journey from the street to the lake. The building is composed of folding planes that meld with the landscape to play with the visitors’ preconceived notions of the divide between the built and natural environment. To further this effect, green roofs are added on some of the planes while others are coated with bronze. Within the outdoor courtyard are three different climatic zones for visitors to experience as they walk through the meandering paths. Rather than preserving the existing site to “protect nature,” Plasma studio morphs the existing site into a lesson in climatic regions and mankind’s relationship with the natural world.

The Fort Ancient site offers several typographical conditions with the Indian-made plateau and mounds, the steep forested mountains, and the low river. Building up the site to add typographical conditions and then using that land to build the structure into would protect the archeological artifacts underneath while contributing to the site’s natural conditions. Rather than subtracting from the site to place in a manmade structure, the structure could contribute and grow with added land.


Fort Ancient Site Analysis – Pooja Kashyap

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