Post crit – the underground project

Work presented on Tuesday crit:

1. Timeline of human underground and animal decoy houses.


2. Overall illustration of the new environment:


To do list:

  • Hierarchy of spaces. What are the space opportunities of the underground structure?
  • Typology of spaces: How humans occupy underground spaces?
    To relate the project to ‘Mmuseumm’ on how to condense large programme in minimal footprint.
  • Will produce drawings that show the underground structure is not just being extended vertically but horizontally to fully utilize the available spaces.
  • Overview drawing: A landscape section to understand the scale of context and users.
  • To start testing the cut out portfolio format.

Re-do and re-think list:

  • There is no relation of project to shingles on the presentation. To relate the role of shingles in the project.
  • More understanding on the efficiency and technical part of the technology. The current proposal of gelatine injection method is not convincing.
  • To have more elements on the underground structure and to scale up the complexity.
  • Is the structure able to keep developing just like animal burrows?
  • Views from human and rabbit perspective. (Relate to the ‘Gulliver’s Travel)

3 thoughts on “Post crit – the underground project

  1. To re-approach the shingle think back to what Max said about understanding that the shingle is an aggregate. This suggests that you can move onto other materials to aid in your modelling as the shingle that you are currently using is actually quite large for the scale of modelling that you are working with. This project came to mind where the artist has modelled a city from cous cous. I am not suggesting that you necessarily work with cous cous! But see how the finer grain allows the material to compact and have a solidity for the model at that scale.
    It will really benefit you to look at some of the precedents that we have discussed, to begin to imagine what kinds of surfaces and volumes your proposal might create – as led by the material, rather than opposing it – and to think about spaces that are made by subtraction, or manipulation of a homogenous volume. We have mentioned Truffle House but look at it again and draw as a precedent. Also look at the book ‘Architecture Without Architects’ and Arco Santi. To think about dwelling spaces that might be defined by the minimum of use and movement have a look at the artist Absalon’s ‘Cells’ series
    This week we have asked you to work on a time drawing as a strategy for drawing time in your project. This is a good opportunity to look at the aspect of the continuing development of the burrows – for example, if I am dwelling in the burrow do I continually excavate it or grow it through my use and movements? Look at the examples posted on the blog main page to think about how you might show this.

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