Nederlands Hervormde Kruiskerk, Amstelveen, Marius Duintjer, 1946-51. View this on the map
More amazing drawings from the Bartlett Architecture School show, this time from MArch student Louis Sullivan. He proposes a ‘Living Dam’ which would provide homes for 10,000 inhabitants and: “Together with the integration of ecology, society and infrastructure…is a physical model of a modern ‘hydraulic civilisation’; a community and society sustained and dependant on its control, management and utilisation of water.”
"Whilst providing a store for the national asset of water, the project simultaneously provides a series of tiers, terraces, weirs and platypuses which house a series of beneficial ecologies such as reedbed systems, watercress fields, ponds, lakes and elevated fruit gardens for the water to flurry and flow through, building upon the technology of the Living Machine which segregates wetland ecologies into useful components for accelerated water filtration. The ecologies maintained within the dam go beyond the bucolic, and provide purification and filtration of the water beyond EU drinking water directive 98/83/EC as well as nourishing foods for the occupants to maintain and harvest."
“‘The Living Dam’ is towards a new typology of dam - away from the image of solitary hydrological infrastructures, and towards a model which is not only integral but also integrated with society, which may help alter the public perception of the essential infrastructures and reduce many of the negative consequences associated with dam management.
A ‘useful pyramid’ for the 21st century.”
I went to see the Bartlett School of Architecture show last night and was absolutely blown away by some of the drawings produced by ‘Unit 10’ students, under tutors CJ Lim and Bernd Felsinger. In particular, these stunning drawings by Jason Lamb have opened my eyes to a much more inspiring way of representing and conceiving designs that changes the way I think about my own work.
This is his statement:
FRACKPOOL: The Legacy of Hydraulic Fracturing in Blackpool
Chinese investment prompts the transitory integration of hydraulic fracturing within Blackpool, for the exploitation of shale gas. An unconventional approach towards hydraulic fracturing instigates urban regeneration and provides a framework which cultivates new industries, generates sustainable water systems and induces renewable methods of energy production.
Thirty-five fracking stations are integrated and a sustainable offshore community is constructed to offset effected communities. During fracking the station serves as a platform from which shale gas can be extracted, processed and distributed.
Over an 80 year timespan, the project speculates the transformation of Blackpool from an industrial Petropolis, to a less resource dependent and decentralized sustainable city. Industrial infrastructure once used for hydraulic fracturing is repurposed to process energy crops and grey water from the region. As a method of urban regeneration, the legacy plan aims to enhance socio-economic and well-being opportunities for communities in Blackpool.
Danish architect, Flemming Rafn Thomsen explains his design agenda ‘Third nature’ and a vision for Copenhagen.
Waste House, designed by BBM, a sustainable design and architectural practice, and students from the University of Brighton.
This is the “UK’s first permanent building made from rubbish” built to full building regulations. The list of re-used materials is mind boggling and includes:
The idea developed with Cat Fletcher from recycling website Freegle, was to use the building to test the performance of underused resources as building materials.
Constructed in 1 year (2507 person days) by students and volunteers, it will now be used as a research facility and design workshop by the University. The building is carbon negative and sensors in the walls will be used to measure the efficacy of insulation materials. ‘Windows’ set into the walls expose the building process and unusual component parts.
The guiding principle of the design was to prove that “There is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place”
Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via
The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.
Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.
In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels. Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.
Apparently this is a standard text for Architecture students, but perhaps not so far as well thumbed by Landscape Architecture students (at least not where I am).
Alexander and his peers bring philosophy, design and everyday life together to make a book that is a total pleasure to read, inspiring, eccentric, refreshing and most importantly human and down to earth. I’ve never read a book that has helped me and moved me along in work faster or more successfully than this.