Shuqi Christine Tan, Rou ___ . tine [×]
Doing nothing is hard to do. Speed has been at the core of capitalist values such as productivity, efficiency and consumption. Time to sit still is limited and boredom commonly avoided. However in an age where depression and anxiety are increasingly prevalent we desperately need moments of pause to absorb and process the flux of everyday.
Rou ___ . tine investigates how techniques of ritualisation can be applied to design slow spaces that encourage everyday mindfulness. Slow space is explored as non-commercial “unproductive” space, demanding nothing to enter or stay. It focuses on revealing minor details to facilitate contemplation, reflection and deep listening as forms of self-care.
The project is sited as an extension of the Drummond Terraces, a mixed-use row of residential homes and commercial dwellings in Carlton. The physical connection between the terraces puts neighbours in close proximity, simultaneously the linear configuration creates barriers and social isolation. The project provides a space for gathering in order to foster a community of care. As a transition space between the home or office and the outside world, it acts as a momentary relief from the fast paced rhythm of routines.
Ritual techniques are applied to design a precise performance of actions that cultivate an increased awareness of self, others and the familiar environment. Noticing is prompted through specific vantage points that allow aspects of the site to be concealed and revealed. An arrangement of sheer, fluid textile curtains provide safe yet open spaces and repetitive brick patterns are embraced to evoke a sense of stability.
Rou ___ . tine dedicates space for doing nothing as a way of sustaining ourselves, individually and collectively. It proposes slowing down as an alternative form of productivity, catalysing new processes of creativity, ways of understanding and a deeper appreciation for the ordinary every day.