Detection Landscapes

“plants growing over old sites of human habitation have a different chemistry from their neighbors, and these differences can reveal the location of buried ruins.”




here is my project so far! Hopefully it makes sense…

brief description of the work in progress!!!…

I am looking at decay and how decay can be used in a beneficial way – and possibly as a process of construction – allowing time to construct space. I have been attempting to work at various scales. My initial research in Granada was about ‘lost spaces in the city’ – vacant spaces with no function or use. The spaces range from facades of homes, ground floor commercial space and historical structures. Due to the amount of ‘lost’ space within the city, I proposed that we begin to ‘implode’ the city and prevent it’s growth by utilising the large amount of vacant space within the city.

I started a material study to research how decay can be used to create spaces – and this began a discussion between hard and soft material uses and appropriate material selection and tempo of decay. Through the process of decay, the building can begin to create it’s own story as it develops over time. Another aspect of transformation over time was human input. How as humans we patch ‘broken’ parts with a ‘better’ material to preserve the building. This allows decay to create opportunities for adaptation by humans. I only touched on this subject…!

I started to look more directly at the city gate – again, in my eyes a vacant site. Over history the gate, which was a defensive barrier between inside and out, has now become an opening/frame. Neighbouring buildings have been built up against it as it is fully integrated into the urban fabric. What once was part of a boundary for a city is now a single object part of a network of a broken down wall. It is safe to say that the function of the city gateway has decayed, or at least transformed. The same situation applies to the defensive wall in Albacin which is now a part of peoples back gardens and closed off to any public interaction.

Using the process of decay explored in my material study, I took cuts and slices out of the city gate’s mass and filled these with wax. This allows the volume of the city gate to remain the same – keeping the same presence as before. Over time the wax will migrate from the structure into a landscape that will hold the same volume of wax being lost. The void within the city gate will reveal views through the structure to the defensive wall – re-connecting the two objects – and create space inside.

… I am now looking at super light weight structures which offer an interesting dialogue between the robust historical defensive structures and the new flexible adaptable structures. This research is a subject which I will run in parallel to what I am working on now. I have quickly looked at expanding/growing structures. These contrasting structures can grow at certain times (not yet figured out!) and can maybe spread across the city. It is still premature!!! but please give me some feedback and help on my project!!!

I hope you have found it interesting so far – and I hope it will get even more interesting!!!!!