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with scheduled periods of reflection on the
design. I use mindfulness as a type of selfawareness that enables me to see things
as they really are and not as what I hope
or want them to be. This state of mind can
be seen as a process of creating without
self and without ego, thereby allowing the
essence of the place to guide the site design.

The Process of Provoking Calm
When given the chance to collaborate on a
site in Mandalay, Myanmar, I realized that
a special opportunity lay before me: to
design a landscape infused with spiritual
contemplation. The goal was to curate
an environment that provoked calm by
referencing contextually significant sacred
spaces. Lead consultant and architect
Stephen O'Dell and his team (SODA)
are based out of Bangkok, Thailand; a
passionate group that our studio had
worked with extensively in the past and one
that appreciated our design philosophy.
National Geographic describes Myanmar
as a "nation long shrouded in mystery"
that "has recently emerged from decades
of isolation." Stepped stupas and tiered
temples are scattered throughout the land,
products of a spiritual tradition that traces
its roots back hundreds of years. Though
Myanmar has no official state religion,
roughly 90 per cent of its population is
Therevada Buddhists.
Mandalay is considered the cultural and
spiritual heart of Myanmar. Although the
city was only established in 1857 by King
Mindon, historically it was the last royal
capital of Myanmar. Today, Mandalay is
visited by foreign tourists who marvel at the
many diverse places of worship that display
the craftsmanship of the Burmese people.

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It is a culture that is rich with meaning,
providing a memorable experience to many
that pass through its grounds.
The project is the Accor Pullman Hotel
in Mandalay, located on the fringe of the
main city and is described as a "city resort"
of 358 rooms. Our team was provided
with generous landscape opportunities,
specifically, a main courtyard and an
extensive rooftop terrace, both of which
provided the potential to create a place
with a strong indoor/outdoor spatial
relationship. Good design and sculpture
is layered in its connection with the user,
regardless of the site's location or scope.
Different levels of engagement depend on
various factors, from the amount of time
one has to experience the work, to the
amount of awareness one has regarding
the place. An initial level of appreciation is
usually the aesthetic appeal of the design.
However, my aim is to allow for deeper

levels of disclosure. Ideally, the work and its
contextual surroundings can lead the viewer
to a revelatory moment of insight that has
spiritual or phenomenological nuances.
When commissioned for this project we
began with researching the culture, the
history and the spirituality of the place.
This investigative step provides the
material for inspiration and with such a
vast number of holy sites to visit; we had
to narrow the focus of the research for this
project. Our strategy was to strictly limit
the study to those places which were not
only experientially peaceful and spiritual,
but were also creatively provoking in a
sculptural sense. It was our intention to
combine this research with the study of the
landscape details and architectural forms
of these places of worship to inform a
memorable experience that amalgamated
sculpture together with its landscape and
architectural context.
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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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