Cara Roberts

MArch I

Other Times

Advised by Martin Bechthold

How has the shifting organization of time affected the organization and experience of space? The solar time of agricultural life and the standard time of the industrial age both created clear temporal and spatial divisions between work and rest. Now, periods of work, rest, and leisure have been subdivided into minute, dislocated units of personal activity, and projected into arbitrary interiors. At the urban scale, GPS enables us to immediately abstract the distance between any two places into a projected number of minutes, and to navigate from one to the other without ever looking up. This thesis posits that the flexibility afforded by the contemporary timescape, globally synced by satellite, and paced by email pings, is lessening our experience of the physical world. 

Certain sites, however, carve out pockets in the contemporary timescape.  

The ritual and rhythms of activity in these spaces work in tandem with their siting, materiality, and engagement with light to construct heterochronia, that is, other times. In essence, the physicality of these spaces changes participants’ sense of time. 

Sited in Berlin, this project inserts one heterochronia, the reverberating bunker of the Nightclub, into another: the patch of solar time defined by the allotment garden colony, or Kleingärten. By nesting one within the other, club goers will slowly discover the strangeness of the world around them, and gardeners will start to feel the familiar earth quiver beneath their spades. 

Cara Roberts, MArch I. Bird's eye view of wood and cement model.