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accretion, allusion,

Theo Jansens strandbeest


http://www.strandbeest.com

projects 05 stage 3 ba(hons) architecture: session 2013/2014 unit leader: oliver froome-lewis
studio group 1: sam mcelhinney studio group 2: alex smith studio group 3: lucy jones studio group 4: oliver froome-lewis technology: hocine bougdah comms: jj brophy

accretion, allusion,
A senior UN official is in the UK to scrutinise the impact of the bedroom tax on the human rights of people in low-income households. The special rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, is on a two-week tour of cities where she will meet tenants affected by the policy as well as officials, campaigners and academics. There is a housing crisis. This is very clear, she said. The aim of the visit is to assess the current situation. Of course the bedroom tax and austerity measures and welfare reform as far as they impact on the right to adequate housing is part of our agenda. Judging by her previously frank assessments of governments housing records, Rolnik is likely to be vocal in outlining her concerns at the end of her reporting trip next week. A spokesperson on the visit said Rolniks investigation would not just focus on the bedroom tax but also on UK housing policy more widely. Article 25 of the universal declaration of human rights includes housing as part of the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family.
The Guardian, Wednesday 4 September 2013 15.03 BST Shiv Malik and Amelia Gentleman

A very substantial part of east london will be characterised by new private fiefdoms accountable only to the blurred mass of quangos which are replacing democratically elected local government. Far from the civic-minded legacy promised, the area will be characterised by the architecture of extreme capitalism.
Anna Minton

general term one objectives

To focus your awareness of decision taking processes. To gain further control of your purpose in taking particular design directions. To develop greater flexibility and more detailed familiarity with the vocabularies that you evolve and deploy. To recognise and manage the dialogue between ideas which emerge from first principals and the intelligent use of precedent in forming proposals. To gain knowledge of the tactile, structural, environmental and transformative qualities of your proposals in depth. To intensify the energy and refinement that you apply to communication. As you are given increasing freedom to evolve briefs this year it is critical that you identify the processes that you follow, your motives and your ability to modify and describe them. This term we travel from the specific - rethinking the ways that we could live as individuals and the ways that this might change us as well as an extremely local public - working outwards from the body and developing analytical skills gained in the bodyscape series in stage 1 (project 1: weeks 1>4), to the strategic - rethinking the ways that living together could interface with the city and the ways that this might change society more generally - working inwards from an urban situation and developing some of the skills gained studying landscape and constructed conditions in stage 2 (project 2: weeks 5>12). The vehicle for these studies is housing especially the exploration of dialogues between our desires and needs in domestic space and interaction with the public realm beyond. In so doing you create prototypical environments that challenge the (wider) world through your actions and explore ways that broad societal challenges act back upon the individual.

accretion, allusion,
I write to you from a far off land Two film makers arrive in the post industrial wasteland known as Hackney Wick. Their aim to document this Isle of Wonder as it falls under the shadow of the Olympic behemoth. The Wick

projects 05 stage 3 ba(hons) architecture: session 2013/2014 unit leader: oliver froome-lewis
studio group 1: studio group 2: studio group 3: studio group 4: technology: comms: sam mcelhinney alex smith lucy jones oliver froome-lewis hocine bougdah jj brophy

accretion, allusion,

dates
sites walk, stratford monday 23rd september sam, alex, lucy, oliver workshop thursday 26th september site development / exchange oliver tutorials monday 30th september sam, alex, lucy, oliver workshop two thursday 3rd october oliver tutorials monday 7th october sam, alex, lucy, oliver workshop thursday 10th october oliver formative review friday 18th october sam, alex, lucy, oliver

In astrophysics accretion is the coming together of bodies by collection of material through gravity. Around the Olympic Park in East London individuals with strongly held views debate a range of local issues and accrete as their interests coincide. Such individuals, as we all are, pair networks of related thinking and networks of relevant physical locations in personal mental maps. These maps inform both use and experience. We curate personal collections of interest maps prioritising one over another depending upon our circumstances and purpose. Progressing a thought on air pollution might, or might not, take priority over hunting down a medium-rare steak for example different maps will apply and we constantly shuffle them to more relevant prioritisations. We recognise and befriend others that have curated similar collections of maps. Beyond our personal maps, and those of others that we relate closely to, there are more tenuous connections to groups with fewer common interests. There is no agreeable overall identity to a place - only the sum of all possible interests we calculate and measure identity on a personal basis combining personal preference and chance encounters with a wider, but incomplete, collection of other groups. So, whilst the physical territory remains constant, experience and evaluation of experience differs from user to user. An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or a representation of, people, places, events, literary work, myths, or works of art, either directly or by implication. A map can be regarded as a visual allusion to other non-physical realities whose meanings supplement the physical reality that the map apparently sets out to re-present. We also make allusions and corrective allusions to other maps that we know and other realities to which they relate as we assimilate a maps contents. A map is thus a quotation of prior maps as well as being a map. It reassures or distances us from the version of physical reality that it represents, depending on our preferences, as a consequence of these allusions.

curious user

Your task is to adopt a curious user, to create a sophisticated tool to inform and augment their curiosity, to investigate and to speculate about the consequences of utilising the tool leading to the creation of a map, and to house this map, or maps, the mapping tool and the curious user in a highly specific shuck.

curiosities

TECHNOLOGY Wednesdays, 10.00, Crit Rm + HB environmental issues, structural principles, material choices and the constructional development of your project will be supported by your technology sessions. Wednesday 25 September 10.00-12.00 soft skinned structures (A) Wednesday 02 October 10.00-12.00 soft skinned structures (B) Wednesday 09 October 10.00 -12.00 materials + notations

mapping the air: bird migration, mobile signals and masts, long views, local radio, aromas, wifi, cloud conditions, sun path shadow lines, airbourne pollution, sheltered locations for sleeping rough. mapping the water: fish, fishing locations, UFOs (unidentified floating objects), nest sites, water edge vegetation, waterbourne pollution, water movement, reflection, depth + perceived depth, canal dwelling - mobile / static. mapping social groups: bugs & beetles, dog walkers, bench occupants, runners, cyclists, bird watchers, fishermen, chuggers, flyerers, film makers, fashion shooters, novelists, photographers, journalists, artists. mapping infrastructure usage / abuse: pathway surfaces, graffiti, benches, street lighting, signage, waste bins, barriers, symbols / marks painted on things, barriers. mapping thresholds: shared housing entrances, transport (bus stops, stations, water bus stops), galleries, shops cafes, work places, bridges - under and over, grass vs pavement . mapping vegetation: grass, window boxes, self seeded flowers and weeds, guerilla gardening, allotments, temporary vegetation. mapping refuse: bottles,cans, sizable matrasses, shopping trolleys, dead bikes and bike parts. mapping surfaces: road surfaces and markings, fences, edges (including kerbs, bollards and fittings), redundant devices. mapping consumables: cigarette butts, paying visitors, picnics, cake. mapping advertising: flyers and posters, tags. mapping signage: road names, informal, redundant.

MED\COMM Week 1 Architecture Studio @ 10:00 intro Weeks 2 - 3 - Aftereffects and animating the drawing. Weeks 5 - 10 - Rhino (advanced modelling, lighting, rendering camera control and post production) Specific times are as follows: Group 1: 10:00 - 11:30 Group 2: 11:30 - 13:00 Group 3: 14:00 - 15:30 Groups will be listed on MyUCA

your curiosity is the issue base to your project. your approach to it will gain traction through very careful micro-observation and full immersion in the topic.

formal co

your shuck has multiple functions. what is necessary? device housing and map exhibition + super-minimal living. weather proofing - rain, snow, hail, sun, wind? stability - rigid, semi-rigid, elastic? collapsibility - compactness, self folding, speed of deployment, ease of transit? access - door, flap, zippers, press seal, security, post? permeability - view out, ventilation, sound and light transmission, insulating qualities? more specialised possibilities - signalling, storage, morphogenesis, expansion / contraction, heat generation, algae growth? how does the enclosure connect and integrate with elements of the manifest, below, and how does it support your hub unit? equipment for living that does not require services what is necessary? consider the content of your own home as a set of collections of tools and consumables and their related cabinets. for example: knives, forks and spoons in a cutlery drawer; trousers, shirts and jumpers, in a wardrobe. how do you determine that each of your collections is complete? how many socks? how many cleaning fluids? each collection embodies a set of societal values and behavioural outcomes that you more or less conform to or subvert. when you travel you make selections from, change your prioritisation of, these collections the more essential / task specific items, which are then re-housed in suitcases, bags and briefcases and in a space for short term occupation - boat, caravan, tent, hotel room or cardboard box. reconsider these collections from first principles. what is the smallest range of items that is required for reasonably comfortable, occasional, living? and what values underlie your selections? how might they be re-defined, co-ordinated and combined differently to reprioritise or lighten the complexities of existence and potentially to reduce the consumption of resources? most importantly how do the objectives of your curious user inform the selection of your dispersal manifest? the hub manifest comprises items that do require services what is necessary? consider lighting, general and task lighting. how much is required, necessary, desired? the wiring will come from a power supply, what is this supply? can you minimise the lengths of cable? consider heat, what supplies this? how is it distributed? consider food storage, do you need a refrigerated space? beer, cheese and salami in a fridge; how many kinds of cheese? consider cooking, do you require a microwave? will a deep fat fryer do for everything? consider hygine, do you require a wc? what type? what services are needed? will there be shampoo, paracetamol and dental floss in a bathroom cupboard; a shower? hot tub? services for your hub elements should be logically grouped and co-ordinated which items will help your curious user to make contact with fellow curious persons, friends, visitors and the wider public? and can these contact making facilities be shut down? consider sharing mapping data and technlogies, chatting about chance encounters in the area, discussing media interest and activation, finding ways of combining data. which everyday possessions best evoke the identity of your curious user and/or represent their purpose? how might the prioritisation of locations and relationships make best use of these objects?

shuck

dispersal manifest

hub manifest

sociability manifest

generally

every item that you consider desirable and necessary will be drawn at 1:10 and 1:5

footnotes:
note 1, methodology It is difficult to avoid utilising method, but easy to deny it. In Methodologies Peio Aguirre describes the way that despite claiming Method is detour Walter Benjamin actually utilised a highly personalised method: The method for this work: Literary Montage. I have nothing to say. Only things to show. I am not going to uncover anything precious or attribute to myself spiritual Formulae. But rags and castoffs: I do not want to make their inventory, but allow them to obtain justice the only possible way: by using them. At another extreme Reiser + Umemoto use their Atlas of Novel Tectonics to set out their methodologies and motives at length. They postulate an and, and, and argument neither pure classical models, nor pure structural honesty nor pure compositional formalism and describe a more open-ended process never-the-less comprised from a large number of approaches that they define as closely as possible. note 2, patterns of living - cause and effect desires + needs > activities > enablers (spaces + objects) > patterns of use / life? Do our desires and needs define the activities that we perform and in turn determine the physical enablers to these activities and thus our patterns of use? OR limits (spaces + objects) > expectations > patterns of use > conformity? Do the limits imposed on us by the physical enablers that we are surrounded by control our expectations, determine our patterns of use and perpetuate conformity? note 3, survival and living Explore and exploit differences between your attitudes to survival and to living. We enjoy the idea that we could survive with minimal facilities but, simultaneously, we imagine that to live comfortably we would need a house, garden, bathroom, kitchen - (freezer, fridge, toaster, oven, hob, range of kitchen tools and cutlery, several types of saucepan, waffle iron.....and, and..), mower, surround sound... etc etc etc. What were and are the driving forces behind the needs that we have evolved? What impact might these needs be having on the sustainability of our world? Could we exploit our attraction to survival to find ways to live more sustainably? Could a coat pocket unfold to provide a new form of kitchen? note 4, survival equipment for a survival holiday in Noway (Expedition cost for first 7 days 1395.00 - additional 3 days Dog Sledding @ 488.00) you will need: Large (70ltr+) rucksack capable of carrying all your equipment, Sleeping bag (four seasons for use in temperatures down to -10), Insulated sleeping mat, Bivouac (Bivvi) bag, Head torch and spare batteries, Mug, knife, fork and spoon, Billy can (preferable) or mess tins (for cooking over open fires), Small pocket knife, Small steel thermos type flask (optional), 10 metres of strong nylon cord, Note book and pencil, Wash bag, Two candles (long life preferably), Ski goggles or similar eye protection, Sun glasses. Would you like to go, why? note 5, living practices To rethink housing we need first to comprehend and rethink our practices of living: sleeping, feeding, resting, working, learning, entertaining and being entertained, cleaning, maintaining, dressing, washing, gardening, fighting. In the domestic setting we perform these familiar activities, formulate new ones and devise hybrid operations. These activities present spatial and object related opportunities. As designers our assessments of the qualities and hierarchies of potential activities and our manner of privileging them in relation to a philosophical interpretation of living, location, and the qualities of the anticipated user are transmitted through our proposals for spatial conditions and object design. note 6, materials one. housing your manifest. Consider all possible purpose made means of containment and display. Pressed metal structures such as filing cabinets and tool boxes, injection moulded and vacuum formed plastics such as the inside of a refrigerator, laser cut timber and plastic sheet assemblies, resin impregnated felts and fabrics, glass, translucent and transparent polycarbonates. Consider also all possible found containers - thermos flasks, polystyrene fish boxes, scrapped cars, washing machines, air conditioners. Be specific from the beginning.

RESOURCES:
What was: http://www.polkadotsonraindrops. com/quicktime/film_19.html http://river-lea.co.uk More local life: http://www.polkadotsonraindrops. com/quicktime/film_18.html This A-Z: Athletes to Zucchini : An A-Z for Manor Gardens Allotments also by Juliette Adair, also sets the scene rather nicely I think: http://www.england-in-particular. info/abc/ab-abc7.html The last day http://www.spectacle.co.uk/archive_production.php?id=289 Lammas Lands http://www.spectacle.co.uk/archive_production.php?id=284 Much of interest here: http://themilitantcity.wordpress. com/ The Art of Dissent: Adventures in Londons Olympic State brings together a body of work that has emerged in response to the arrival of the Olympics in East London. http://theartofdissent.net/about/ Greenwash: The real environmental impacts of holding the Olympics in East London http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/ node/1840 Losing the Marshes: http://www.gamesmonitor.org.uk/ node/1481 Photographers reflect: http://www.troikaeditions.co.uk/ troikatalk/residual-traces-27th-july--7th-september1

two. the enclosure part Consider pattern making for all types of fabric constructed items that define volume. Clothing, inflatable boats, parachutes, tents, bags, soft furnishings, mattresses and equipment covers. Consider fabric types and weights. Consider support, through frame or inflation. Consider hybrid, multi-layer surfaces. Consider embedding responsive elements within the fabric. Nylon, skytex and elastomer fabrics. three. the connection between the two Consider back pack frames in relation to the back pack, umbrella frames in relation to the umbrella, swimming goggle lenses in relation to the moulded part, hang gliders, folding car roofs, watches note 7, recognise and adapt the subconscious character of your decision taking processes, there is no such thing as intuition. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face, 1 Corinthians 13, AD 50, suggests the way that perceptions of Gods Kingdom would become clear to us after death. Philip K. Dick made reference to this in his 1977 science fiction novel A Scanner Darkly which was adapted for film in 2006. PKD explored the possibility that a scanner (an updated way of seeing, lens, glass) might, or might not, discover, or rediscover, more completely what is known by the characters in the novel than what they are capable of consciously recognising for themselves, due to their excessive exposure to drugs: Does a passive infrared scanner like they used to use or a cube-type holo-scanner like they use these days, the latest thing, see into me - into us clearly or darkly? I hope it does, he thought, see clearly, because I cant any longer these days see into myself. In Architecture we sometimes hope that other ways of seeing, perhaps more present than after death experiences and cube type holo-scanners, other pseudo-autonomous generative processes such as the digital prototyper, google or clay, might reveal to us otherwise darkened truths that we find it difficult to envision and articulate. see A Scanner Darkly Philip K Dick 1977 note 8, method is always present. even the rejection of method is a method. recognise the existence of alternative approaches to method and be clear that you are always employing a method of some kind. method must include the definition of objectives, or motives, in following a process. see The Great Method Casco Issues X, 2007, Peio Aguirre + Emily Pethick note 9, housing, houses and home are not the same thing. housing typically addresses notions of society whilst the house and a group of houses typically address notions of home. for example: residential infrastructures of public use is a multidisciplinary research project that hopes to profoundly revise the projective models and methods (techniques) with which public housing is thought and designed. This research project covers everything from legal regulations, to housings capacity to transform urban environments, to the whole city, covering all involved scales. but there is no mention of a beer on the sofa . note 10, .......it is possible that around 100,000 homes will still contain cold hazards, which minimum work to improve thermal comfort cannot deal with. (Estimates of cold hazards assume that SAP 35 is a simple proxy for a category 1 hazard.) but how have our notions of coldness changed since the middle ages? note 11, ...... Kitchens are assumed to require replacing on grounds of repair every 30 years, bathrooms every 40 years. Therefore the age aspects in the disrepair criterion are set at 30 and 40 years respectively. These lifetimes were agreed following consultation on the MRA. However, it is clear that social landlords and tenants prefer these amenities to be replaced more frequently, to enable them to be maintained at a reasonably modern standard. Thus different ages are required for kitchens and bathrooms under the reasonably modern facilities and services criterion. but how do we rank this preference and what are the necessary pleasures that are being accommodated?

home: a. An environment offering security and happiness. b. A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin.

Toyo Itos Nomad Woman looks at the essentials of domesticity in relation to the city: http://visualthink.blogspot. co.uk/2013/04/nomads.html

Real life mobile hermit hut: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/783556.shtml#.UjnBiLQ5BSW

Materials/drawing devices: looking good but not actually working Panamerenko... http://www.panamarenkoshop. com/nl/edities/

Reference Material Existed Drew, Leonardo. London: D Giles Limited, 2009. Atlas of novel tectonics Reiser, Jesse. New York : Princeton, 2006.

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Approach the Gateway for satisfaction of all needs

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