Monday, 23 September 2013

Year Two: Pattern Morphology

Project 1: Field Conditions
The series of mapping conducted in Project 1 led to a charged site plan which combines all the identified site conditions:

-Strong barriers formed by modes of transport
-Existing Sites of dereliction to be developed
-Commercial functions formed by secondary and Tertiary retail business
-Lack of cultural/recreational regeneration
-Potential for canal re-use

Project 2: Urban Housing Project (Modular)
Based on the cube geometry, modules were explored and devised to house two types of clients: single user and family unit, with shared spaces adjoining the two.

Configured by rotational geometry, a courtyard space is formed for enclosed social gathering. Balconies and roof terraces overlook the canal, with light wells strategically placed for maximum light penetration.

The issue of privacy is explored and continually developed throughout this project and the next.

Project 3: Urban Reinvention

Design Intent
The design concept for the proposal is a local urban performance space, enriching the immediate site, but becomes an attractor at a larger scale, reflected in the ‘hidden’ nature of the scheme. The reveal of the structure and offers glimpses of the performance to the public and informs the function.

The performance type will be projection performance which combines an element of dance with projection mapping. This requires a surface (can be any form as the geometries will be computationally mapped) to project onto and a front facing arrangement for optimum viewing.

Olympic Site
The Olympic Masterplan aims to develop the area surrounding the Olympic Park as a legacy to the games of 2012. 

This development includes Pudding Mill Lane, but ends where the barriers of the road and river are. The site remains as a fringe site.

The Olympic Park as it stands is very closed off and access is prohibited. Might the development become like a gated community? The contrast of development and urbanisisation between the two sides along the edge of the development plans are very strong and this creates a tension between those living within the development and those outside.

Programmatically, access for the public and private users will be separated, but a tension is formed between the two with an adaptable performance space which serves both users. When a performance is taking place, doors leading to the courtyard will be controlled so that only public users can access it. When there is no performance, the public quarters will be closed and the courtyard is open for residents.

A responsive roof system will allow the courtyard space to become open, and also offers ventilation and solar shading. This will also be suitable for temporal ‘outdoor’ events during the Summer months.

Parasitic Tension
Pudding Mill Lane is perceived as a fringe site, the tension between the developed and the undeveloped drives an interaction which has led to an exploration of parasitic forms. 

How might the developments sprawl outwards? Or perhaps the undeveloped regions latch onto the new, like in squatter settlements. In this way, the new recreational programme will similarly be a foreign intervention, disrupting the existing housing system and to create tensions between the users.

The form, structure and materiality of the intervention will reflect this design intent and drive the exploration and development of the project.

The project on the whole is driven by the exploration of structural form and configuration. The manipulation of adapting, introducing or abstracting the existing structural system to define new function is the focal point.

The drive to resolve the tension between existing users and the public led to an iterative process of exploration resulting in an exciting outcome.


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