TRACING ALLEYS

Archimania 2

John Halford  |  Patrick Green  |  J Humphries

Memphis  |  Tennessee  |  USA


Tracing Alleys creates an inhabitable drawing within the space of an alley. The project introduces three linked architectural devices into the alley to create the drawing: Context Lines, Collection Frames, and a Ribbon.

Context Lines(1) are dyed ropes connected to existing alley features. The Context Lines are collected and organized within rectangular objects called Collection Frames(2). These Frames create elevated anchor points for the Context Lines while relating to the scale of pedestrians. A Ribbon(3) of shadecloth uses the Context Lines as an armature, creating a linear figure whose geometry is generated by the relationship between the Collection Frames and the existing alley.