Alfred Gomez
Anamnesis

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, AND LANDSCAPE

MLA M1

EVDL 668 | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO II

INSTRUCTORS: MARY-ELLEN TYLER + JAMIE JOHNSON

Telus Spark and the Calgary Zoo have been key institutions that promote the importance of education in Calgary. However, massive parking lots and obscure buildings are situated between these two destinations that creates a programmatic disconnection and leaving the in-between spaces feeling empty, under-appreciated, and abandoned. How can we expand the influence of Telus Spark and the Calgary Zoo to fill in the blanks of the in-between spaces? How can we create a confluence of education and knowledge?


The project draws from several layers of confluence: the site being located on the confluence of the Nose Creek and the Bow River, the significance of the Bow River and Elbow River confluence on the history of Calgary, and the historic glacial confluence of the Laurentide Ice Sheet and Cordilleran Ice Sheet.


ANAMNESIS is the idea of recollection and reminiscing of previous experience and the past and using them as a learning tool. The design proposal draws from a key process of how we learn and gain knowledge: CONNECT, ENGAGE, REMEMBER. In this case, the design proposal encompasses the idea of an experiential educational space where both users and the site interact with each other. ANAMNESIS is where learning consists of rediscovering knowledge.