This is an Andy Goldsworthy art installation, I recently experienced in the Presidio on San Francisco,
It’s a , ‘Are you kidding me?’ space; one to come back to, time and time again.
This space surely defines the notions of ‘involvement.’
I borrow this concept from the text of Ed Bacon in his book, ‘Design of Cities.’
He references a Francesco Guardi sketch and speaks to the notions that create
involvement: ‘space that creates an all-encompassing experience.’
Here are the ingredients:
Meeting the sky: dynamic spatial forms, sensory spatial qualities.
Meeting the ground: how a building arises from the earth, defining the base.
Points in Space: tension/closure; relationships/context.
Recession of Planes: processional, sensory space.
Design in Depth: penetration/movement, excitement of entry.
Ascent and Descent: joy of anticipation of up and down.
Convexity and Concavity: positive and negative spatial involvement.
Relationship to people: scale and proportion, reachable and understandable.
(photo: Heidi Hansen)