In this project from second year, Studio_06 focused on relationships between public space and the wider community. Valley Gardens is a large stretch of public space that extends from the Level to Brighton’s seafront and is currently undergoing large regeneration work, our design proposals would be additions to these plans. Originally marshland, Valley Gardens evaded being built on as it was the flood plain for the Wellesbourne River, which has now been diverted. The land was used for recreation and activities, where people would play cricket, bat and trap, and stool ball up until the mid-18th century when restrictions on the use of the space gradually seeded in. This meant that areas were closed off for wealthy individuals who liked to promenade in peace. My proposal planned to take back an area of Valley Gardens and devote it to activities for people to enjoy such as Table Tennis, Pool, Chess, and Cards as well as spaces for music lessons and a workshop for refurbishing furniture and other objects.
As part of a Projects Fair, we were asked to develop a section from our second year project.
In the first semester of third year, Studio_99 focused on High Tech buildings. The building I focused on was Lloyds of London. I produced a highly detailed and resolved 3D model which I used to produce the axonometric drawing. We then worked with others in the studio and their models of the buildings to produce our own High Tech building which needed to cater to our three chosen protagonists. I chose Jeff Bezos, Sir David Attenborough, and Albert Einstein. I chose this selection of people as I wanted to design a tower that looked at how consumerism, environmental conservation, and technology could work together. I believe these three factors are critical to bring together to allow the world to prosper in the future.
For my final semester design project, the brief was to create a tower in the City of London which responded to our chosen manifesto. My manifesto looked at the potential loss of culture which to me makes London so special, due to its rich mixture of old and new architecture. With the very real effects of climate change now looming over London’s future, the risk of flooding caused by sea-level rise is increasing. The tower I produced could be described as a futuristic John Soane Museum which hosts a collection of models throughout London. My project, therefore, looked at how we can reproduce these elements in a quantifiable way through computer models which are able to be 3D printed. Smells and memories will be reconstructed and released to visitors whilst they are observing the museum’s artifacts, this will also allow future generations to reproduce this information if they are required to relocate due to the effects of flooding. I believe this is important as it will allow communities in the future to have a strong connection with the past and our heritage.