UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER Tutor: Jon Goodbun The Kinematic Garden, Silvertown Dock, London The Kinematic Garden introduces the concept of the continually evolving system as architecture.
Through interaction, the future course of the system is modified. The Kinematic Garden is not a fixed design. Moreover, it is a language of parts that may be prescribed to any site, to invigorate it and to reveal the vibrancy of its urban fabric, as a series of events and experiences. Through a series of interconnected 'dumb'devices (a simple analogue stimulus responds to immediate surroundings), events and experiences emerge as light, vibration, and sound and animate the site. The life of the city and its users are trapped within the system as a perpetual loop of cause and effect.
The site has 'miked up' the city. Incoming planes landing can be felt through the kinematic grass, the operation of the Thames barrier reverberates through the site. A person waving their hand may set off airwaves that someone would feel some distance away. Users may learn to drive the machine, to seek brief periods of control within its constant state of flux.
MM'Fabulous, overwhelming- this is something, it takes you- you want to take it further- very precise- I feel like this has great potential' GH'It relies on a leap of faith but you'll remember it for years to come- you get sucked into the images- it excites me- Some of the static images are very evocative'
MH'It's done very beautifully. I'm sure it doesn't work but it opens up so many avenues and positive discussions'
FM'The images are unbelievable- You need a lot of imagination to produce such surprising images'
SA'Everyone felt that this was not maybe the most resolved but it was the one which stimulated the most potential'
CP'A mushroom of delight'
Jon Goodbun, design studio tutor and lecturer at the University of Westminster, was Alexis Kyriakides' tutor on the silver medal-winning Kinematic project. Goodbun has set up a practice called WaGarchitecture with Cordula Weisser. He was born in London in 1970 and studied at PCL and the University of East London; he has an MSc in Computing and Design, and Architectural History.Goodbun worked with Planungsburo Fischer, Berlin, where work included historical renovation of projects by Scharoun, Schinckel and Fahrenkampf and new build schemes.He worked with Foster and Partners between 1995-97. He was the architect of the Money Zone pavilion at the Millennium Dome. This year he was Summer Academy Studio Tutor at the Bauhaus, Weimar. He was joint guest editor of the Journal of Architecture, Summer 2001; forthcoming publications include Returns of the Avant Garde (with David Cunningham).