16 May 2012

That was one busy term!

Sooo... Apologies for not updating this in such a long time! I think it is safe to say i have been very well occupied with the second term of my MSc in Architectural Technology and design.

Thats said... I now have a whole bunch of work to post. I think it is safe to say that the standard has increased ten-fold since term one and is only continuing to improve as the course goes on, I am really enjoying it especially the visualisation side of things.

I shall start posting up some of my work starting with the subject 'applied research and design for the built environment'. This required us to identify an issue that the built environment is currently suffering from and to propose a solution. Below are the boards i produced for final review...

Global population is projected to grow by 46% by 2050. 70% of these people will be living in our worlds cities. An increasing population and lack of adequate infrastructure, affordable housing, and urban planning will require a new, innovative system that is dynamic, flexible and adapting to change. Since society is dynamic, the way in which we inhabit our cities needs to be dynamic too.

Buildings and transportation today create two-thirds of the carbon in our atmosphere. Where we place our buildings , the way we build them and the way in which we move between them is vital in making a difference for future generations.

Creating cities that are compact and highly liveable is the goal. Creating adaptability among the existing was mine.

Page one shows the design of a 'pod' like structure that offers an extension of space for existing buildings, page two and three then show two extremes of how the structure might be used.

Another part of the 'Applied research and design for the built environment' subject required us to join forces with M.Arch students to form small practices where we would explore two case studies, one historic and one contemporary. The case studies had be linked to and support the topic/issue explored in the first part (shown above).

As a historic case study i looked at the Eames Case Study House for its raw frame structure that was adaptable to suit the needs of the ocuppier. My contemporary case study was the CUB house which uses a stackable method of construction to add flexibility to the dwelling. My boards for final presentation looked like this...

In short... what we highlighted really was the smaller the componant the more adaptable, thus the more usable the final outcome can be. This was explored conceptually on the last two boards. The issure with the CUB house was that it has been produced for a commercial market - the more bedrooms, the more they can market the property for. This results in a dwelling that whether there is one bedroom or five, occupants have the same amount of living space. This didnt work and with more time we would have liked to have developed our conceptual ideas further.

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