KARANTINA PUBLIC PARK INTERVENTION COMPETITION
Lebanon - 2016
No matter what, “quarantine” will always have negative connotations attached to it. Quarantines are rarely dissociated from death and suffering. A place one does not exit from, at least not unscarred and unscathed. What about a neighborhood named after such a morose concept then? And what of the people living in it, this place of constant memories of reeking death (sometimes literally), displacement and desolation?
How else to give hope to someone stuck in a hole other than by showing them the way out, the light at the end of the tunnel?
Perimeriscope/Nedwaar is a hope-giving contraption. Placed in the park, children, and daring adults, would hop on the Perimeriscope/ Nedwaar and get a revolving glimpse of the larger world that surrounds them. Thus, by seeing what is waiting for them outside of their godforsaken neighborhood, the inhabitants would be encouraged to get out more often and explore new possibilities.
A composite of Periscope + Merry-go-round/Nadoor (ناضور) + Duwwaar (دوّار) is an actual combination of both named objects.
Rooted in, and rotating on the grounds of Karantina park from one end (the merry-go-round/duwwaar part), and popping its neck over the tree tops and some the nearby buildings (the periscope/nadoor part), the Perimeriscope/Nedwaar will carry the residents’ eyes high up into the skies and outbound towards the rest of the country that often shuns them. The only limits to viewers will be the hills of Mount Lebanon and the open horizon of the Mediterranean. The Perimeriscope/Nedwaar would even act as a beacon or lighthouse to guide outsiders into the park.
The Perimeriscope/Nedwaar, will be built out of a steel/aluminum structural frame and collected plastics or plastic bags for the covering shell (since darkness is a must for the periscope part).
The Perimeriscope/Nedwaar can hold one or more persons in it looking through the periscope viewfinder, while others outside rotate it to their request; unless the ones outside spin it to their own whims and tease the one(s) inside (analogy with life?). The one(s) could even have the possibility of taking control the Perimeriscope/Nedwaar’s rotation from within.
The final construction system and its actual construction will be decided in accordance with the craftsmen of Karantina and their specific skills.
As for the capacity (number of people inside), level of rotational control, materiality (colors and textures) and even the final form of the Perimeriscope/Nedwaar, they will be based mostly on the local children’s fantasies and wishful thinking.
Who knows, maybe the Perimeriscope/Nedwaar will eventually turn into a giraffe, a brachiosaurus, a lighthouse, a never-before-seen vertically never-ending towering thingy, or maybe even just a simple but not-so-boring periscope!
Competition organized by TandemWorks