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Fifth Year Architecture Portfolio

Shit or Bust - Urban Farming Community


My interpretation of the Matter from Place/Place from Matter unit is that it can ultimately be distilled into a holistic method – approaching design as a complex system influenced by social, economic, ecological and technological factors. The focus this year was based on the Corus Student Competition – “Waste World”.

The brief’s aim is to bring attention to the increased pressure of dealing with waste in a responsible manner. Clearly we can no longer continue to waste resources as they become more and more scarce.

waste is simply energy that has been converted into a less usable form. This may take the form of time, space and material. My reaction to this is based on the theories of William J. Mitchell, Manuel De Landa and Victor Papanek.


De-centralisation of systems and resources allows our society to become less dependent on national and international distribution networks. Economically this can mean the realisation that we do not live in an industrialised society but rather an information-based society.

The 9-to-5 working ethos may be inappropriate and counter-productive for such a society – especially when many people spend hours upon hours pointlessly commuting when they can communicate via telecommunications. De-centralised food and energy production also allows for a more robust survival strategy. The dissertation makes reference to this – as our society becomes more and more specialised and the system (or meshwork) becomes more complex, the easier it is for something geographically distant to directly affect the local area – i.e. the global credit-crunch was created in America as their economy slows yet it has affected the economy within the UK.

De-centralisation of resource production also means that we can produce locally grown products reduced waste in terms of transport. This idea is taken forward in the following project.

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The basic concept: [1] A layered approach; [2] High-density creating landscape rather than reducing it; [3] Exo-skeleton Structure allowing flexible program space.

project imagePhysical model: Mobius Strip
project imagePhysical model: Tiered Structure
project imageModel: Transformative Massing
project imageModel: Transformative Surface
project imageContext and Local Demographic
project imageRough Concept Sketches
project imagePlan in Context
project imageContextual Analysis
project imageModel: Conceptual Massing Model in Context
project imageArchitectural 'Tetris'
project imageVolumetric Studies Showing Flixible Spaces
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project imageSections
project imageElevation

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