Reflections on Shelter
For his MTQBatical, Architect Michael Guiliano wanted to study the concept of shelter, and he came away with a better understanding of the relationship between shelter and the environment. Mike used the water and the banks of the mighty Missouri River as a venue for reflection and spent three days floating in a canoe and two nights contemplating the basic meaning of shelter. He also wanted to experience what Mother Nature could throw at him.
During his canoe trip down the Upper Missouri River Mike had time to reflect on finding shelter in its most primitive form. With shelter in mind, the following observations were realized along the Coal Banks – Judith Landing stretch of the river:
The Shade of a lone Cottonwood Tree
The Wind…when at our back
White Cliffs, markers along the river, responding to our voices
The River, its slow but steady pace during the month of September
Deep Silence of the sandstone slot canyon
Warmth of a morning fire
The Wenonah, a vessel to lighten our load
These ideas of shelter are directly connected to environment, providing comfort, while allowing a little of the inside – out.