Site 3 – Elements of Composition

Ruminations on Cantilevers, Ari rights and enforced darkness.

After this week’s tutorials, I’m re-focusing the site 3 strategy to the roof spaces and its related issues ( air rights etc..)

I revisited the brief, and started thinking about Forensics and how our investigations were developed, so I outlined a few ideas and incorporated the forensics aspects into the proposal as a way to map  and highlight the ‘cautionary tale’ of the LES.

This intervention will become a site-specific public experience – a recognition tool for WHAT IS, NOT WHAT COULD BE 

These view portals/ finders become a forensic investigation ( mapping the fragments / layered information) of the architectural elements that could vanish from the context and history, allowing a glimpse to the future of the void; not only investigating what has been erased but also what is yet to become three-dimensional constructs in the environment.  

This ‘viewfinders’ or portals should read as abstracted pieces viewed from the ground, but become legible from above. Merging fragments thus revealing a partially distorted city from above. ( A cautionary tale of the LES)

I started to make a sketch model of this idea- this is work in progress but not sure if reads well ( portrays my idea).

Viewport2 Viewport1I was going to layer more building outlines of vanished and proposed air right developments, with the stairs leading up to these viewfinders and revealing this information whilst bridging the gap between the street level and rooftops, but not too certain of what the next move will be.

I thought about the Forensic Architecture with the mapping and layering of information style I wanted to develop , as well as Richard Galpin’s work at the HighLine with specific outline framing.

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The Image Complex’: The 2014 Gaza war, Forensic Architecture

for Amnesty International, 2015



One thought on “Site 3 – Elements of Composition

  1. I like the sketch model as the beginning of an idea of framing the view but I think its important to push that further as you suggest at the end of your blog post – how does the frame become more than just a boundary but a site for speculation and debate – how can you start to construct the imaginary volumes of air above the existing buildings, and show the impact this will have on the city. I really like how you have introduced the Forensic Architecture reference into the project at this stage and think it could have huge potential in terms of mapping out the forces at play in the regeneration of the LES. It would be incredibly powerful to find a way to make your intervention at this site as interactive or perhaps more interactive as the videos we saw at the exhibition in the Photographer’s Gallery but in a more analogue way. It could be similar to the discussion we had at Maggie’s tutorial a few weeks ago about the vantage point the rollercoaster could provide for the architect in the early stages of the design process, where you could hold up a model or a drawing and because of the diminishing perspective, imagine it as part of the existing skyline. You could do something similar to bring back the active participation of your earlier catalogue where you invited readers to cut things out and develop the different sites accordingly except here it could be tested more physically with the view/ skyline? Just a thought but keep going! I’m looking forward to seeing your landscape of models of stairs and the three sites as well as the drawings on Tuesday!

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