Architects Outpost

Following through the interesting images I had seen on ‘moving buildings

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and also the conceptual approach of movable communities

rolling1 masterplan I thought about the potential for the roller coaster to become a hybrid.  A mode of transport of people and objects but also as a tool for the Architect to use throughout the project from inception to completion.

The museum of the present, the Architects Outpost – a space to test and transform potential development in-situ.  The process and its many stages, up and downs enveloped in a transparent shell for all to see, whilst hidden key elements are  concealed to add a sense of curiosity to the viewer.

In my previous post working with the many routes to Coney Island from the boroughs gave me an understanding of the journey, some 20 miles and travel time of at least one hour.  As an architect, access to the site, quickly and easily is paramount and should be made frequently to fully embed oneself within the context.  The roller coaster could offer this means of speed and ease whilst becoming a platform at various scales to view, sketch and analyse the site providing all the data with which to develop the concept design.

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I drew up a diagrammatic scheme of the path the architect would need to follow in order to gain the best views of the plot, and also the different levels to understand the context within the built environment and potential environmental issues.  The path has moments of pause, moments of speed and slow retreat for reflection.  The different speeds allowing spatial analysis and testing for variants in scale.

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Working within the roller coaster car the architect can use intelligent technology to survey the zone, obtain services data and locations and quickly establish the restraints for the design development.  All this information being fed back in real time to the museum for any visitors to see as part of the process.

I see the roller coaster as a sustainable means of transport and designed in such a way to maximise energy efficiency and have a responsive environment.

I then made a conceptual model of the two areas and the movement required between the them.  The idea of the roller coaster car being used as an architects office space, and also a means of public transport to the museum.

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The concept for the museum is that it would evolve spatially based upon the process of the design stages.  Open areas, enclosed areas, public and private space all need to be assessed in terms of the architects programme.  Ultimately it will have the space to develop and test the form, materiality and technology of the proposed development, therefore the form will need structural flexibility to change shape, and environmental qualities to adapt to the needs of the user, much like a baby incubator.  The design aim is to be an expression of sustainability using recycled or low carbon materials where possible.

My next steps are to think through the spatial needs of the architect and how this will inform the development of the museum.  Whether the roller coaster plugs into the museum as a mobile live data tool, or it is an extension of the main lab.

I will be looking into the technologies of prefabricated systems in terms of the build and how these could be modified within the museum as part of the process.  I will also be looking at existing technology for moving heavy/large scale modules and how this technology could be adapted to fit the roller coaster and transport prototypes to the development site.  cladking sliding clamp

I’m not sure if the overall idea is too large a scale and whether I should focus on one thing, or whether to have a combination of the design elements.  I hope to be in a better position in a few days time.

2 thoughts on “Architects Outpost

  1. A great start in terms of sketches and models in terms of starting to grapple with the project and what the constraints and different facets would be. A highly detailed version of the first sketch showing different speeds, activities, data collected and design phases would be a great drawing for the portfolio. You could then start to place this plan in context to show how its orientation relates to sight lines and site lines to relate to Coney Island, Manhattan, directionality of the car etc. This could also be paired with a section so we understand how the heights of the rollercoaster relate to the views of Manhattan and the functions present in Coney Island. How do you also introduce the context in your model beyond the clusters of buildings that anchor the rollercoaster as its two polar stations, whats the landscape its traversing? And what’s the impact of that on the design of rollercoaster’s route? I would stop thinking of the museum as a static entity/ building vs. the architect’s office as the dynamic rollercoaster route – use the rollercoaster to kill two birds with one stone. Just as a factory is a dynamic working and functional entity, the tour or ride through it takes this dynamism but translates it into a narrative journey. For example this ride through the Hershey’s factory ( is a fictionalised account but imagine how much better it would be if you could be riding through the actual factory watching things get made, packaged and distributed? What would be different in how you design the architect’s track vs. the observer’s? The speed/ the lack of functionality/ performance of the latter would mean it could be lighter and at times the routes could deviate to allow one track to look at the other etc. At the moment don’t worry about the scale of the project- the rollercoaster is a good scale to be working with, it will come down to a question about to what detail do you need to resolve it in terms of the project and that will be determined by how you proceed. That’s why its good to draw and model the overview of the whole system and the details of how it could work so you understand the extremes – the audience will fill in certain gaps between. Keep going and start to translate those sketches into some really detailed, beautiful drawings that have lots of information about your rollercoaster system. Have some drafts-in-progress to show us on Tuesday – can’t wait to see them!

  2. Oh also, Ive moved your post under your named category but don’t forget to check the box of your name under Categories before posting otherwise its posts on the main page rather than on your personal page.

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