A house where my father and I can meet
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I met my father in his workshop, in a situation of daily life : dwelling and working. A meeting that enabled me to learn and engage in a craft. As I now have moved out of my childhood home, craft, knowing and knowledge is what I bring with me. Entitled “A house where my father and I can meet”, this diploma is an experimental research where I focus on the memories I have from my upbringing and use them to generate new architectural realities. Each chosen situation from the past generated a memory. Each memory is presently materialized into a physical model, called fragment. All fragments put together aim to create an hypothetical house, where a meeting between my father and I can happen again. In this process, the hand and the head act as a bridge between the past - memories - and the future - articulated fragments. Along with this notion is a wish for a generosity of space that enables one to work and dwell. This diploma therefore drives a personal search for the possibilities to work as a way of dwelling and sets the stage for my own maturing. It aims to further develop my craft, knowing and knowledge1 with the intuitive method of working that my father introduced me to in my upbringing. Embedded in it are the exchange of knowing and the possibility to develop oneself through the creative act. Architecture is here discussed as the possibility to reflect upon the self through the materializing of one’s own memories.