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Public Water: The sea beneath the street
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

“Water is the driving force of all nature.”

- Leonardo Da Vinci

"Public pools can still be a symbol for the importance that water should be free accessible to everyone."

- Stephan Zirwes

“The body and the mind don’t end with the individual but go into another body and mind.”

- Alvaro Siza Vieira

Water is movement. Water is time. We are water. Constantly moving forward, our bodies sense the warmth of the

healing substance while our minds react to the many colors it captures. We float in the nonexistence of gravity

forgetting the life surrounding us, for a while. Then we fall back to realize the past moment was just a reflection

from our minds.

WATER. We all know that water is the most important resource for humans to survive on earth. Water is a

product of hygiene to keep us healthy and hydrated but in many cultures, it has a deeper meaning. Water has

always been important in different religious rituals and the pureness of water works as washing away the dirt from

us both literally and symbolically.

CITY. The world is more urban than ever, and we occupy the public space as our new nature. Therefore, the

rights that once applied for the majority living near the forests should be applicable for today’s needs. This is also

what Allborgarrätten (The right to the city) suggests. What is important is recreation the nature gives us. This and

the right to the earthly matters should be available within a city.

SPACE. Fresh water has become a luxury product which we take for granted. Forgotten is its importance in our

daily lives. We design fancy restaurants and museums, but we don’t really talk about the most private spaces in

our houses: bathrooms. It is a space where many ideas are born, it provides the time for reflection but is treated

as a catalogue product which we copy paste in our designs.

WE. Modernization has brought us the problem of individualization. Our homes are private, only certain people

are welcome. We move further away from each other. We become strangers even to the most familiar faces in

our lives. We are afraid of ‘the others’ who are so like us and share our bodily shapes and needs.

The project aims to question our lives around water and create possibilities through water by providing a public

space of recreation and necessity for people (strangers or familiar, different groups of society) to encounter and

interact unconditionally and unexpectedly.

How can architecture and water effect our bodies, our senses, our emotions, being together or alone?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-160087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-160087DiVA, id: diva2:1323802
Subject / course
Architecture
Educational program
Architecture Program
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-12 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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