Architecture of art, meditation, and companionship: Chora Regional Art Center, San Antonio, TX
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THEORY: CRITICAL REGIONALISM Plants look like animals, animals look like rocks, rocks look like animals, plants look like rocks, animals look like plants. The sun bursts o\ er the horizon, immediately filling an enormous sky with incredible light. Textures and colors emanate. A unification of the maker, his creation, and me. Emerging from the desert. FACILITY: REGIONAL ART CENTER The medium through which I will respond is a Regional Art Center. The Chora Fine Arts I'orum wiU serve as a stage in which to contribute to the understanding and pleasure of the Arts. CONTEXT: SAN ANTONIO, TX Within San Antonio, people are accustomed to, and have clcarh expressed the pride in their cultural identity, an identity that is also very appealing to visitors. This pnjject should protect and reinforce the uniqueness of San .Vntonio, contributing most to the essential character of the district such as: color, indigenous materials, and cultural histon. Engaging its surroundings to reveal the place's essence, translating into a more profound experience of the land, sky, climate, and \'istas. Understanding a landscape created by something other than man, bringing serenit) and Harmony through a commitment to architecture. This is a place of art, meditation, and companionship. A place where man can make peace with himself, where his passions and desires may be confessed, forgi\ en, ad faith in the beauty of humanit\' proclaimed.