100 Years of Solitude

Novel by Gabriel García Márquez, 1967

Student: Janel Osmankulova, Karthika Ranjit, Melanie Jansen, Alina da Porciuncula Paias

Title: 100 Years of Solitude, novel by Gabriel García Márquez, 1967

Semester: 2021

Teachers: Prof. dr. ir. Klaske Havik, ir. Jana Culek

In Spring 2021, the studio 'Transdiciplinary Encounters’ focused on Architecture and Literature. Students investigated how urban places are described and imagined in novels. Which social, material and experiential aspects of architecture has the writer emphasized in the literary description? Learning from this perspective, students developed design proposals through literary narratives. 

The images are an attempt at imagining what a spatial intervention could be if it were to be a material manifestation of memory in space. There is a direct correspondence between memory and object. Distorted or broken down fragments of spaces are associated to a recognizable sound, such as the sound of a romantic dinner, and are placed on a second location, strange and unrelated to the situation, in order to understand the limits of recognizability of the situations.

In the social context of a remote location with low li­teracy, the Literary Laboratory becomes the catalyst of change, encouraging the locals through the written art and architecture. The Laboratory celebrates literature through collaborative events, evoking curiosity within the people and the imaginations within the writers. The built, the unbuilt, and the thresholds of the Laborato­ry thus house discussions and exhibitions providing a platform for the interaction between the locals and the writers, and the locals who become writers, setting forth the trajectory of literacy in this remote location.