I remember, we where still kids and played outside on the streets and squares to meet other kids. One day there was a man that started shouting at me. I was scared and rushed to my dad. My dad sad that there where no scary people and walked to the spot where I met the shouting man. I stayed at home because I was scared.
But then my dad didn’t came back. What if he got eaten by the scary man?! I found the courage to go safe my dad! There he was, with the shouting man. The man was a boy, my dad sad, just bigger then me, with jeu de la tourette, a disease that he shouts a lot. But he wanted to be my friend. The shouting man sad: ‘Sorry, it just happens sometimes, I didn’t want t scare you.’
Listening to otherones story helps you to understand. Creating a agora on public ground creates a possibility to meet. You have your personal ground to feel safe on, your house, you office, the usual, the safe. But the public space will be there to confront you with other visions, other ideas, other people. Meeting an other gives an option to listen, the more you listen the more you know. An (uncomfortable) encounter of options, a parcour, a maze to find your way, to reconsider your way.
The square concept is based on a a singular element, the column, a architectural element that symbolises both human scale as power. A pillar or column is there for support (of a building) or as a trophy or memorial. The Totem-pilars are a common image of a sculpture-like pillar that caries the symbols of figures. For me this representeded diversity, an personal opinion and perspective aswell. Historicly speaking these totems tell you about the tribes itself that builded them and about it’s cultural beliefs. Sharing your ideas by a architectural element.
But also in more western believes the collumns and trees are represented as a gateway to the Abode of the Blessed and signify wisdom, strength and beauty.