The late architect and writer Ignasi de Sola-Morales’ concept of the “terrain vague” is helpful in describing the particular role that “empty” spaces or voids play in the city, and how artists and architects might approach interventions there, as in the Fallow City project.
“Terrain vague” is a French term with multiple layers of meaning: the roots of the word “vague” suggest “empty, unoccupied” yet also “free, available, unengaged (Sola-Morales 119).” Sola-Morales describes how these spaces, often defined in the negative (“empty,” “unoccupied,”) can also be viewed as full, full of possibility, promise, and freedom.
I wanted to relate this concept to the human consciousness, something that too often is given for granted and empty, but in the end emptiness is a potential active space. The concious is what makes us unike and different from any other person, it’s the amount of all our experiences and memories.
It is particularly important the “self”, the beginning of everything and a goal as well, even if we will never really reach it. Every time we get closer, the wider our minds open, and the more we change, consequently the self does the same thing, producing a new goal to reach. So I decided to create an illustrated story website that represents my point of view on this matter.
The link to the website is: terrain-vague.superhi.com