Post Crit Musing – Oliver

An interesting crit which was let down by my engineering routes.

I really enjoyed my conversation with Max, and he had some valid points from which I have reflected.

For next Friday I will have 3 large Act drawings of extreme interventions and potentially some illustrations.

The format did not pay off but will be reformatting all books and pages into the single book (like the example I showed a few weeks ago).

Once I have the 3 acts I can also draw up my intended model, as discussed at the London meetup.


Crit feedback and thoughts:


Questions Answers
Why do you need a staging post? To coordinate and facilitate the reformation of landscape
Who are the protagonists? EDF and the community (both as individuals and a whole)
What are you learning from the failures/ success of Dungeness to influence the new? To provide new spatial rules which give definition to one’s own sense of place.
Why does it need to be new? Because the landscape is changing of it own accord. The structures are stagnant and froze in time
What’s stopping you from creating new and leaving old? Dungeness is built on the fluidity of shingle and preserving is not part of its natural cycle. Change should be embraced.
Why does it need to be connected It doesn’t (stupid making It realistic)
What are the needs and demands of 100 years The generation of inhabitants which made Dungeness unique will have died and the ever looming power station will have been removed.
What could change over 100 years to influence it The shingle.
Why do people want to live there? Isolation, detachment from the status quo of lifestyle. Being routed in a unique landscape.
When presenting start with 4 acts
Make Dungeness appear more line an island
Unconvinced by attached island, do an Island!
Where is the architectural Outcome? An architectural proposal which unites the various acts over its 100 year life span
Talk with an architectural strategy
Not making the beautiful obvious. To pragmatic
Push the vision (amplify the extremes)
What is the role of the architect? The choreographer
Some of the richness is lost Stupid engineering.
Zoom to see what it’s like (each home etc.) Will create a series of vignettes to explain individuals on their new island
Make the provocations bigger so you can escape the formal plan Extreme landscape interventions
Be more willfull to create a more landscape architect piece Will do
Formation should be more controlled – Sell the vision Go back to the notion of choreographing the landscape (series of stage sets)
Very considered, imagine what it could be!
Needs sense of isolation Through images
Island. In an Island. What is the quality Finalise precedents
Bring more drama, (less tech)
Size of drawings, large maps, small other bits New format to be developed asap
Intention: to be how? and why?
Make a narration (create a story for each) DRAMATIC! Yes, the protagonists will all have distinct story arc’s which feeds through each act
What the future might be a landscape which is natural, but the principles of Dungeness as it was adopted elsewhere
What is the chorography of the moving community’s (a series of drawings and movement)
What happens if they stay The a further isolated
Tease out the narrative
Narratives of Individuals
Who are the new inhabitants do they all want isolation Yes (do a drawing)
Will the next generation move here No they will adopt the landmass of the displaced Dungeness
Aggregate narrative? Various scales of manipulations Aggregate for the ground, aggregate in the foundation aggregate in the staging post.
Shingle Shifts based on weight, time line shifts from occupant perspective Series of drawings out of the window showing land accreting (series of image over time)
You need to look at chorography drawings


One thought on “Post Crit Musing – Oliver

  1. At the London tutorial we talked about the staging post also as a possible point from which to project (in whatever form) the future scenarios out onto site (onto the sea). This could be a really nice re-interpretation of the promotional images we see from developers, as opportunity for the resident groups to project their own ideals for the landscape. I am mentioning this to suggest that the staging post need not solely be a logistical node, as you perhaps suggest in the first point on your table.
    A really fascinating and evocative element of the project – that I have highlighted before, and that Max picked up on – is your noticing of the landscape in terms of what is moving and what stays still. This felt lost until the end of the presentation but is really what stimulated the whole project and allows you to articulate your idea that the shingle is Dungeness wherever it moves to. Make sure that this comes across (points 4 and 5 that you make).

    Look again at the question re. what would change over 100 years. You can show this in terms of the continuing shingle movement but it would be naïve to assume that it is only the landform that changes. Not suggesting that you can predict the future but show that some thought is given to how this might influence the evolution of the communities – does isolation mean populations deplete, or the opposite? Etc. How does this change the nature of the location?
    The choreography of the communities moving could become a really interesting part of the project. Could this be how you show the distinct group that you have identified – through who resists at what point, and how the move unfolds?

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