Underground world : Human vs Animal

The drawing below shows the types of burrowing animals in Dungeness. It shows the different scale of body sizes and the functions of burrow (shelter, protection from danger/weather, feeding, and etc.).1


Below is an imaginary underground structure. I shifted the animal scale into human scale to create a tunnel-like playful underground structure.


As a result of the existing and imaginary drawing, the final drawing shows the encounter of animals and human on the underground world.3

Aim of the project concept:
An underground structure that can accommodate both animals and human, where there can be a possible interaction between both parties.


To do:

  • Understanding the burrowing methods, to add an additional of time element into the research (eg. how long does the burrow last? how long does it take to dig a burrow? etc.)
  • More study models to show how underground structures work. Possible to develop my technology drawing from there.
  • Find precedent studies. Currently studying “Turning dunes into architecture” by Magnus Larsson, which is similar to my concept of doing underground structure on shifting ground.
  • Testing the negative cut-out portfolio layout. Below is the book “Your House” by Olafur Eliasson

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  1. Magnus’ precedent is a good one. Also look at the article ‘Bugs, Bats and Animal Estates: The Architectural Territories of ‘Wild Beasts’ by Ben Campkin which is in this edition of Architectural Design http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ad.v80:3/issuetoc You will be able to download the PDF through the library catalogue.

    As well as a structural investigation, which is very promising, is there an environmental investigation here too? Would a burrow be a difficult place to inhabit for a human in terms of temperature, light, air circulation etc? Are there environmental possibilities presented by the burrow? For example, this house by Tropical Space is inspired by the termite mounds http://www.dezeen.com/2015/02/05/tropical-space-termitary-house-vietnam-perforated-brickwork-termites-nest/ to find a solution to the high temperatures and heat bright sun of its location in Vietnam. This article describes a study of ventilation in termite mounds http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/10/termites-as-architects/.

    What kind of interaction do you think humans and animals will have? What is the interaction that you would like to direct? There has been interest in recent years, in art and philosophy, in the human / animal relationship. This has implications regarding a shifting of perspective from humans as the intelligent, dominant species. This book compiles references from many writings and projects on this subject https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/animals It is a book of texts but you could look up some of the art projects and find out more about them.

    The to do list is good, looking forward to seeing those drawings on Tuesday.

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