4th Specialism project:
Structures transitioning public to private presences
A project exploring the transition between public and private spaces across multiple axioms, such as scale, light and height. Starting off by looking at the natural growth-like arrangement of blocks, I became interested in vertical arrangements of spaces to achieve the transition across another medium other than scale. This led to the design work on a structure of semi-permeable boxes, making some transparent to introduce light into the experiment. Developing this with mirrors, I was able to control the light dispersal up through the boxes from a source placed at the bottom. The outcome made for some great photography in the dark room.
Art Foundation Essays
Essay 1: Forensic Architecture and Renzo Piano
Essay 2: ‘An analysis of the shared communal spaces in Keeling House and Alexandra Road Estate’
3D still life work
3rd Specialism project:
'Canteen, Stride & Plastic Bottles'
A mini project covering a location (College Canteen- Starbucks), a measurement (stride- human motion in a space), and a material (plastic shampoo bottles). Having become increasingly interested in the flow of people through space through further research into public space design, I analysed the high traffic flow of students in the college canteen. I built models to break down the space and paths into a coded network of decision and action points, with the intention of reworking the space to increase flow efficiency. I used the bottles to create a modular representation of this network, through which smoke would pass in the flow direction, and built such that one bottle represented one stride measurement in the space.
2nd Specialism project:
Conceptual and Physical Spatial Relationships
Investigation into the abstract notion of confined space following on from analysis of the Pitt Rivers Museum's main display area.
Foam Model(s) of exhibition space
Considered +ve/-ve space with plaster casts for inside mass of the hall
Explored the role of the position of the user of the space (height, opacity of surroundings, light)
Inverting the concept: considering the possibility of empowering rather than oppressive physical space
Grounding abstract experiments in real world examples
Taking inspiration from the Post-Modernists to create simplified adornments which are abstractly representative of (and therefore carry the meaning of) details from culturally oppressive structures in the world already
Using Deconstructivist methods to arrange these adornments, abstracting them physically whilst maintaining their cultural connotations