Crit and Reflection

Questions Answers
What is the future of the project? I need to speculate on what I am taking away, rather than what I am building.

The project focuses on reconstructing narrative driven islands which focus on the inhabitants of Dungeness.

The island is a by-product of the thesis investigation

The project should focus on removing shingle rather than adding elsewhere. Sculpting the landscape per the focus of the narrative dreams of the individual/community rather than the shaping of geology.

 The island should be in a constant state of change, focusing on the time between.

 No fixed/finished Island/Dungeness ever exists.

 Go back to the grid, look at how Dungeness would be made up in different configurations above and below the “ground plane grid”  

 Islands are distributed as an archipelago in the Dover Strait, the positions off which are defined by their relationship to one another and the core narrative. (constant state of flux)

 I am changing my position on not moving the buildings, the buildings will move to suit the narrative.

 Dungeness is a stage set, where the shingle is the scenery and changes depending on the narrative/act.


What’s going on the island? There is many islands
How are you going to decide what it looks like and scale? Scale is dependent on what is taken away rather than added
What is the purpose of the island thesis? This islands are created as a reaction to generating a Dungeness which suits everyone.

As EDF is the land holder the scheme will focus initially on a way to move the shingle for the power stations protection (their shingle narrative), redesigning the landscape for their needs, using the left over shingle to create defined “mini-Dungeness” for different communities on the site. The shingle will be in a state of constant construction and destruction as each person’s narrative is fulfilled over time depending on the needs of the primary “Dungness leader”

To add to the island book? Channel islands, questionable territory, find lands which rapidly change over time.
People (Owen/Stuart/Doreen) what would their ideal island be? What do they care about, more drawing to suggest their desires?
Staging post is good, but for what? What is it staging? More detail on this staging post. Staging the ideas of Dungeness, A land of thought, artistry, fishing, power. A new land which borrows the fundamental principles of Dungeness, but not its buildings.
People (Doreen, Owen) Small diagrams showing build able areas and pressures on them? The attitude to Dungeness from the people,
Follow the people. Dungeness is island-ish in its attitude and thus the schme will constantly reflect that.



Why is the Varne staging post now built? The potential island locations identified in the Dover Strait have not been used for the proposed projects, such as the 1850 channel tunnel staging post.

Primarily restricted by treaty and ownership issues revolving around the location. At the time there was an overlap in ownership of the islands.

Fundamentally the technology of the time restricted the implementation of the tunnel but the difficultly of ownership over the island creates a fundamental restriction.

Make a risky project, super speculation. Look at 2 aspects – the implied “ideal Dungeness” and the actual constrains, Planning envelope, Dover strait regulations (fishing Nautical etc)

The project is 2 projects, and Idealised Dungeness, and the Antithesis of this.

Show time based reality. Natural drawings should be smack up against Do drawings which show the variation between natural movement of shingle and the man-made process.
Draw Invisible boundaries of people’s ideas. Combine line drawings to show overlaps and make an “ideal” Dungeness.
Make drawing of islands based on inviable people’s boundaries Then conversely the scale of island which would be left after they are moved away.
Focus on why we are taking away rather than making an island.
Shingle as a moveable surface, (like water?!) I’m not convinced by this. Water is rapid process. The only comparison I can makes is Glaciers and their erosion of the land
Fresh start for Dungeness, and urgency and need to move. People have the desire to change their place to mould their desires. And yet people adapt to the Dungeness lifestyle.
Are you suggesting that place exists in the material of the landscape? Yes, Dungeness is Shingle, the Shingle is Dungeness.
You need to assume a position on why I am doing islands I am doing islands, because they are a by-product of landscape adaption to reflect my on-site narrative. Forming the site is a reflection the inhabitant’s idea of Dungeness is.  The Resultant island is the antithesis of these Ideas.
Be more implicit about the outcome The outcome is a result of landscaping idealised form.
What have I learnt from each island in the book? I’ve learnt about island types; each have selected principles which can impact my project.


Crit Pages Presented –

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