NATIONAL PARKS NOW

Design Competition, 2014

Collaborators: Hiroshi Jacobs, OP-AL, Parabox Labs

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The National Historic Parks and Sites of America, selected for preservation by the National Parks Service, are places comprised of a diverse range of moments of captured history and ecology. These heterotopic spaces exist outside of our temporal reality providing a condition of cognitive reflexivity of our own time and space. However, unlike other Heterotpias described by Michel Foucalt’s such as the Museum or the Library that remain frozen in time, the National Parks are in a state of continual evolution and change, both ecologically and historically. As such, the cognitive image of the historical landscape is in a constant state of flux, and this very nature of change has the opportunity to be layered into the programmed experience of the park. A System of Objects Our proposal utilizes a system of objects deployable in a three-scaled design approach to raise awareness of the activities and programs offered by the National Parks System at Historic Sites. Simultaneously, these objects allow visitors to selectively re-define the historical site experience through activity and play- focusing our attention on the changing interpretations of historical places.

Our proposal utilizes a system of objects deployable in a three-scaled design approach to raise awareness of the activities and programs offered by the National Parks System at Historic Sites. Simultaneously, these objects allow visitors to selectively re-define the historical site experience through activity and play- focusing our attention on the changing interpretations of historical places.