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!!!!!




4 thoughts on “CRIT SPACE: MARK WARREN

  1. Your Tempo ruins image ……. OMG!!! haah nice graphics on the maps too … but most important thing is your experimental models have now upgraded from grey card to real materials and what a difference it makes with being able to see how it could actually look like!!!! congrates on the work Mark … very happy and excited to see MARKITECT is back in business too …. relief image … Bton CLASSIC! keep it coming dude!!!

  2. oo yea what about weather decaying??? if a surface is exposed to certain elements how do they change?? e.g sun .. rain .. snow??

  3. Great graphics and imagery Mark. Really liking the experimental models. I really like the observations you have gathered during your research, i.e. wear and tear from steps, wall damage from vehicles. I’m not sure if I’m being a bit slow but I find it hard to fully understand what your brief is, I understand that you are looking into creating usable spaces from decaying and forgotten parts of the city but without the proper brief it is rather hard to give you any proper feedback and offer possible solutions but lets give it a try.

    From looking at one of your rough drawings I find the idea of creating slices into the City Gate to allow visual interactions into the city intriguing but have you considered creating slicing for the opposite? The city Gate used to be a defensive barrier, it was also a place that outlined a territory, perhaps an idea to help the City Gate to become a part of the city is to also make cuts that reveal the “outer side” of the City as well?

  4. Hey Mark!! Work is looking sick as usual. I really like the idea of using re-enaging the forgotten spaces back into the urban fabric . This semester we dealt a lot with finding residual spaces on our site and creating programmes to re-engage that space into the community through cultural and physical networks and the concept of”presence of absence. The models are really nice and the idea of cutting out volumes of the city gate is really good as it gives that element of reconstruction. However, have you created these volumes that you have cut out or do they already exist somewhere? Also are you looking to make the city gate a barrier again or did you want to create a whole different programme? I very much like the idea of these expanding and growing sturctures that grow at specific times and so at different times of the year these things will vary and create a really diverse timetable. There’s so much research its amazing, but please can you confirm what exactly your brief is( if there is any?) or is your research determining where you go next?

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