Cross Tutorial: Reflection

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Reflection of where I’m at:

The general feedback I received from the cross tutorial was positive in respect to the presentation of my work, however my verbal presentation failed considerably on the day and i felt I did not explain my project to the best of my ability. Some key things I have taken away from the tutorial include:

  • How can the subversive nature of my scheme be introduced to the spaces in the tower in terms of hacker or hidden/secret spaces. There is an element of DUALITY and the relationship of co-existing elements that represent the way cities are that can be introduced to my project in order to add depth.
  •  The fractured elements of the tower and the skin of the building could have something more to do with the subversiveness or program of the tower. What is Innovative about this project?
  •  I should be more Critical in terms of what I am defining as the Next/Nature Workspace.

After a brief chat with Ronnie, the intention of my scheme should maybe not focus on a government surveillance infrastructure, but more to design for a group of people or company, to which I can attach a story or agenda in order to manifest a vision of the future. This would enable me to design for this company while also reserving space within the architecture for subversive or hidden elements. The task now is to put pen to paper and design these spaces.

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Initial Design Models

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Above are some of the initial model ideas I had for a structure that could potentially wrap around and extend the BT tower. The lattice work of the mesh could potentially be used as a faraday cage structure using radar absorbent materials to block and attenuate potential incursive radio waves. The other models symbolise module extensions to the top of the tower in the form of workspaces and protected environments and the ascension vertically around the tower.

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Tower Structure models


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Initial Tower Model

I have begun to model digitally in 3D to help visualise my design ideas and how to either rationalise the geometry of the plan (whether it is a radial structure projecting from the tower or a cubic formation of assembled work modules as per my previous design idea [Reflection & Response | dt.fleming architecture.]
This week i have been learning/using 3Ds max to create a model that represents the collages I have been completing. The software has been difficult and frustrating to learn and the aesthetic isn’t quite there yet. Obviously this needs work and hopefully over the coming weeks will become more resolved.

One of the Key Feedback notes from this weeks tutorial with Ronnie is to fully define the program and intention of the tower in terms of its occupation. The elements of duality and subversiveness have got lost somewhere in my project. The Powerful Monitoring Force and it’s Anti-thesis. One of the drivers to justify the aesthetic could be the representation of the way that cities are; a collision and symbiosis of co-existing elements at the street level.

One of the things I am finding difficult is addressing the structure and circulation of the tower and a final decision in which direction to go.