Cultural Parallax in the Sea

A Parallax: “... an insurmountable parallax gap, the confrontation of two closely linked perspectives between which no neutral common ground is possible.”
- The Parallax View, Slavoj Zizek

The concept is also stated like two opposite ends of a mobius strip. The ideas and thoughts are based around similar circumstances, but they themselves will never come to join hands in an agreement. However, let’s take a moment to think about what architecture and design can create with these opposite ideals. Through the book of focus, “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee, which followed a multi-generational Korean family’s journey from the early 1900s to the mid to late 1900s, how can architecture offer outlets for conversations about these highly contested historical events?

The project’s overall design drive is to work with parallaxes. Through research and reading about historically cultural parallaxes, the work revolves around architectural parallaxes and landscaping. How can one design to hide elements of importance from one view versus another, and how does that spark conversations later on? The project’s implementation of landscape and architectural interventions to create paths with semi-blocked views give way to an opening for tectonically divided gardens where object-characters representing past events emerge, but are disjointed from specific emerging viewpoints. This then leads to moments of clearness and a framed view for the whole image. These landscaping techniques and segways can be surmised by the Japanese phrase of the Roji, which is “the passageway to a teahouse”, where there is an emphasis of the journey to the end goal. The thesis aims to use architecture and landscaping techniques to create an experiential pilgrimage through a perspectival journey of past issues, through the implementation of Japanese landscaping philosophies, all while creating an outlet for civil conversation and debate through the process and the end.