For the last three days (Monday through Wednesday, actually) our team of heroes has been in Aachen doing a site study for our studio. Aachen is a town on the border between German and the Netherlands. Literally a tiny scoot across the border is the neighboring town of Vaals, in the Netherlands. The history of the border itself is also quite interesting , although I can’t recall anything off the top of my head. Our site is focused on a main street that runs through both towns.
For our site study, we had to observe, photograph, and sketch the place and choose something about the site that we wanted to investigate further. I chose graffiti after two days of indecision. Anyway, we stayed at a nice hostel by the train station. Some people enjoy having trains go by at night but these trains were not chugging, but screeching and whining across the tracks. Luckily, we walked so much every day that falling asleep wasn’t too difficult.
We spent a lot of time on site.
On Wednesday morning, we hiked to the three countries point where Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium meet.
We also played on a playground which was quite fun.
In studio on Thursday, we had to compile all our photos and notes we made about our chosen focus and pin them up for a classic longer-than-Zoe-can-pay-attention-for group critique. I sat on the floor for some of it. There was a wide range of focuses from colors and textures across the site to the location and types of trash found and what that says about the area. The pin-up actually looked really cool because it was a jumble of loose paper instead of a finished board. This, however, did not detract from how long we had to sit there.