Emma Brodie
Monument to a Creek

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, AND LANDSCAPE

MLA M1

EVDL 668 | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO II

INSTRUCTORS: MARY-ELLEN TYLER + JAMIE JOHNSON

I worked through my project with a desire to monumentalize a forgotten form - the creek - which has been fundamentally degraded over the past 100 years from infrastructural and transportation projects in East Calgary. The memory of the changing form of Nose Creek was completely lost; paved over and reduced to 6 lanes of highway.


Working with the creek as my focal point, and intrigued by the lost and forgotten history, functionality, and beauty of this waterway, I became intrigued with the idea of daylighting the lost identity of the creek, creating a piece of land art that celebrated it's form, in order to monumentalize what we so easily abandoned to history.
 

This project sought to balance both a physical representation of the memory of the creek, but also a reminder of the hard, goal-oriented, infrastructural projects that destroyed it. This was an opportunity to evoke a reaction and create an experience that alluded to many philosophical iterations of the "sublime". Obscurity in both the intellectual and physical sense (no referent for the landforms); Privation (there would a sense of silence or solitude currently missing from the site); Vastness (horizontal scale that diminishes the relative size of the observer); and infinity, succession, and uniformity (a form with limitless progression).