UNIVERSITY OF NORTH LONDON Tutors: Laura Allen, Mark Smout Reciprocal Landscapes At this site by Beckton Gasworks, traces of contamination from earlier industrial activity remain.
A raised landscape of greenhouses, tree nurseries, laboratories and water catchment areas uses a low-tech structural system, designed to have little impact on the subsoil, to enable bioremediation and regrowth to take place. As decontamination progresses, the raised landscape expands and the clean soil returns. Once the 20-year process is complete, the cycle is reversed: parts of the raised structure are dismantled, leaving only a core of buildings. Vegetation is allowed to reoccupy the site. A tidal device is suspended from the banks of the River Thames, with two floats emulating the rise and fall of the tide.
MH'A noble cause to take on'
CP'Historically, the purification of land has been almost a religious text. Its about process and time but unless there's a religious message there's no point'
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER AND MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY Tutor: Richard Dargavel Radcliffe Tower Crematorium 'Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.'Genesis 3.19 The programme emerged through the recognition of the site as a composite palimpsest of material movements and secretions, all with equal meaninglessness. An archaeological approach recognises all moments and architects as transient. As cremation is the transferral of matter (ashes to ashes), an urn stack emerged as an allegory of material movements within the ruin - a totem. The marriage of the ruin and the urn stack acts as a fulcrum to the scheme, mediating between the corporeal earthbound solemnity in the secular chapel and the fine lightness of the wooden walkway. A series of thresholds articulates this spatial hierarchy, organising ritual movements in a generic sequence. Mourners'move through the compressed chapel to the catharsis of the expansive landscape.
FM'A very complete project'
MH'I feel he has conviction'
CP'It has patience'
UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND Tutor: Dr. Sarah Treadwell A Volcanic Line into Architecture Volcanic form is defined by shifting boundaries. The earth trembles and smoke billows. An investigation of the use of a 'volcanic' line is used to recreate the atmosphere in a static architectural form. The line simultaneously captures the presence and absence of that which has moved. Seismic graphs and contour maps of the volcanic attempt to show the movement of non-static objects. The shifting line between crumbling earth and gaseous non-matter is registered by the line of the seismic graph and the line in contour maps. Both contain the presence and absence of that which they are attempting to map.This design uses lines based on seismic graphs to build form not by contours, which contain, but by shading and weaving, which imply the continuous.The volcanic architecture is revealed as a moment of lightness, a sieve between the volcanic atmosphere and the volcanic site.
CP'The structuring is very oblique, literally' MH'It has a very different quality-it's trying to deal with landscape- looking at bare land in strange conditions-.
I liked the looseness of it- nice sense of gloom with a hopeful feeling in it'