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Intensely reading the context - Joe Morris

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The Scholarship has thus far proven to be invaluable in challenging the notion of how one sees things.

The Scholarship has thus far proven to be invaluable in challenging the notion of how one sees things. My day to day role in professional practice, touches on many of the issues which are being investigated in the scholarship, but due to the nature of the project and the absence of any prescribed expectation over content or output, the process is more cathartic, enabling a much richer reading of the landscape and context.

The philosophy under pinning the work at Duggan Morris Architects, is heavily influenced by context and the impact it’s applied understanding has on the design process, which in our case is intensively iterative.

The Scholarship, thus, has been a mechanism in which a more intense reading of the landscape has been possible. In many respects, it has become an expression of my inner most thoughts, readings and day dreams, writ large over a significant stretch of East London’s rich and characterful tapestry of tin-pot housing, vaste swathes of empty landscape and the omnipresent legacy of the industrial past.

When embarking on this scholarship, I didn’t have it in mind to place a lido in a water refinery…but why not?

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