In the Fall of 2003, the Center’s director, requested the help of the School of Architecture in designing a storage system to aid in organizing donations; however, as a result of several visits to the site–a city block full of sprawled and disconnected structures–the students and faculty observed a terrible contradiction: while the Center’s mission is “Giving People Back Their God-Given Dignity,” the physical environment and facilities were depressing, coarse, and spiritually degrading. After an initial master plan the students immediate began building small installations which eventually led to several large scale projects.
The parking sentinels/entry gates perform the critical function of announcing “entry” to the campus and signaling to the community the excitement of the restoration of human dignity going on within. After the jasmine matures, the sentinels will recede into a “green” wall- sheltering and screening the parking area within. The project was completed in three weeks for approximately $500 in spring 2004.