The Train Has Stalled

So I’ve finished the latest drawing on duration of pauses in the station:

Duration of Pause 1

and did a spatial relationship with it which looks slightly like a jelly fish, but relates quite well to my floating landscape model and a previous drawing of GCT (the one with the smoke wisps linking the plan layers) :

Duration of Pause 2


I’m stuck on a couple of things though, firstly I had attempted the timetables:

Timetable - seconds           Timetable - minutes

Timetable - hours              Timetable - years


The plan for these is to be printed in the portfolio on trace paper to introduce the different timescales of the pauses – but I’m not sure if they go far enough? Or if the wording is quite right yet.


Also I was trying to draw something to indicate city wide impact with the pause travelling away on the trains. It’s a big fail. The idea was that one line carried flashing light away from the Landscape, one took smoke, and another took darkness which fades away. I’m really not sure how to draw this part of the scheme up, so I may have to shelve it until after the cross crit. Possibly this drawing would work much better on a small section of NY, not the wider area, but I’m still not convinced it conveys what I am thinking.


GCT train line impact A3


Next focus is setting out the material information for the crit, and then the first-person views, then back to these.

One thought on “The Train Has Stalled

  1. Firstly, the drawing to show the travel out of the pause is a good start but as you say, you can take this further. I would want to know what the concentric rings indicate as this suggests it belongs to the language of the first drawing you posted. Do they describe the length of the journey, the journey as a unit of pause? I think it is good to have the overview but a different scale or viewpoint will allow you to describe these conditions. Perhaps begin with smoke as this is the most tangible to get your head around for a drawing and look at it from maybe 3 views – on the train/in the tunnel, at street level/area around station entrance, and zoomed out skyline or neighbourhood view. This way you can start to think through questions such as does the smoke disperse as it travels, does it cling low to the ground or rise in plumes as if from a chimney? Is it like a mist – at the scale of a block? Or hanging over the city? I am particularly intrigued by your category of ‘darkness’. How is darkness as an object or property carried and dispersed? Start the drawings with the smoke and then think how the scales and dispersal would work for darkness. Your later collages have started to adopt a successful language of matter and atmosphere so try combining drawing and collage – look back at the examples I sent to you.

    Duration of the Pause 1 looks great although I am not sure that I am reading it correctly, Does the inner circle of 1 minute equate to 1 person’s activity over one minute; including 2 incidents of being on the phone, a small non-pause and an incredibly swift read?(!) I don’t know if just a tweaking of the drawing is needed or if the work is in how you direct people to read it. But it is good for now to satisfy the need for this analysis in the portfolio. In time you may want to go back and look at the colour choices and where these sit in the portfolio as a whole.

    I don’t think the spatial relationship attempted in Duration of the Pause 2 is quite working yet, we can’t actually read which pauses are connected to which spaces. Maybe you repeat the plan in an exploded stack with an edit of the plan for each type of pause, just including those areas where that pause happens in each plan. So it looks like an exploded axo but is selected parts of the same plan on each plane.

    Good to get started on the timetables and to have these for Tuesday. I think your terms need more explanation, create a taxonomy cataloguing the pauses and facilitators – show us on a temporal scale what the difference is between the pauses and show us what the facilitators are. It is maybe confusing that Pause is a category and The Pause is a type of Facilitator. In your taxonomy show what the relationship is of Pause to Facilitator, be clear of what is cause and what is effect. Have a look at the taxonomy examples that Manijeh posted in this week’s references.
    Do you have your sequencing clear for the cross crit? Remember the order that we discussed this week.
    Good luck for Tuesday!

    P.s. I thought you might be interested to have a look at the work of the artist Anya Gallacio

    And this project by Henrique Oliveira
    His project is more about illusion but a nice precedent for a landscape or biological form emerging from architecture
    More work here:

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