Garden and Landscape

This week I have:

  • Drawn the existing obsolete structures along the path to the coast (this is where the project began and where Jarman ‘beachcombed’ for his objects to build his garden)
  • Drawn the neighbouring buildings to Prospect Cottage- ‘Anchorage’ and ‘Pleasant Cottage’ – these are the first sites that my process of decay and growth will begin to ‘infect’
  • Drawn the framework for ‘Shingle House’  designed by NORD Architects- As the landscape’s role in the project expands even further I will show how the process will infect Shingle House and its surrounding site- this will be shown in more detail than the other two sites because it is more interesting that it is a newer building designed specifically by architects- it will be interesting to see how the intentions of the architect are preserved throuh my process.
  • I also like the statement from NORD in their design proposal which says ‘Dungeness seems unintentional and deliberate at the same time’– by ‘decaying’ Shingle House I am arguing that their current proposal seems completely intentional so why should it be left preserved and unaffected by the conditions of Dungeness.

All of these drawings have resulted in me putting together a 1:2000 Existing Landscape drawing and a 1:200 existing garden drawing. I am now able to start infecting the existing witht the design principles from Derek, bird, garden etc.

1:2000 Landscape Drawing:


1:200 Garden (Existing):


Shingle House (Existing)


With regards to design I have reached the ‘ideal’ stage for the garden whereby the interventions begin to leak into the garden and become structures to protect the plants from the weather, which looks like this:


This week:

  • I plan to continue infecting the other sites with the same design process using the principles from all 4 protgaonists.
  • I will start by analysing the design of each dwelling to understand which spaces are important to each protagonist and therefore which spaces/ compoents should be preserved/ emphasised.
  • I will also use components of Prospect cottage within the design of the other sites- this needs a component parts drawing to show which parts of prospect cottage are preserved to be used again on the other sites.
  • I plan to keep exporting an isometric view of each stage to show the process and to show what have changed from the previous intervention and apply a timescale.

This weekend I am spending on portfolio layout. I am thinking of using the long fold out layout so that each drawing folds back to A3 and will all  fit in a box.



2 thoughts on “Garden and Landscape

  1. Hi Helen

    Some nice drawings. Although these feel quite sober in relation to your very colourful drawings and your textured hand drawings. That is fine but think about what your strategy is in employing these different types. Does each one address a certain kind of subject or set of ideas? If so then think about some grand final drawings and how the different styles strategically come together.

    On the landscape and garden plans, I think that you could make it clearer what you are extrapolating from these. Ask yourself what their function is in telling the story of your project and design evolution. Are the drawings merely about showing the relative location of things? Or do they identify a kit of parts for your ‘infecting’? It would be god to tie these to the methodology in some way, such as showing how the area in the landscape plan was the site for Jaraman’s beach combing methodology which you are building from.

    The ‘ideal garden’ drawing – if you say that the new garden figuration is to protect the plants then you should substantiate this in some way – what kind of protection is being offered? From weather? From theft? …. Or is it a ‘protection’ that means the plants continue to grown within the determination of your methodology. Be clearer what you mean by this – if you say that this is what your design is for we will need to know how and why to a degree. I am not sure if this is a final garden state drawing, if it is then think how you might work back into it (beginning a series with the other ideal state drawings) that might use your various drawing techniques as mentioned above. Decay is an abundance, as you have explored – it leads to acquisition of new forms and surfaces, not just loss. If it this possibility of abundance and blooming that makes decay your chosen tool then show it more. At present it looks like your house has been soberly dismantled, I think you can find a way to show that this is informed by the logic of decay. Or is there another strategy that you should highlight? Basically, make it clear how your methodology arrived at this formation.

    When you start to design your other sites be clear on how you are using principles adapted from the protagonists. Perhaps there are various layers that you can expand from each method – such as inside becomes outside, things from the ground creep upwards to become vertical, etc. Also, the version of the spiral drawing that you showed in the crit had some really interesting qualities – perhaps that spiral becomes part of your strategy – is there a ‘core’ at each site where your interventions begin and do these the arrange themselves outwards in a spiral through the site … on to creep towards the next …

    This is all good work and the questions aren’t to bring doubt, just things to consider. What will be the most important thing is showing the clarity and intent of your intervention.

    And finally on the portfolio – it might be better that only some of the drawings fold as it becomes a nuisance for all if everything needs unfolding, but I think we talked about this and as I understand it, it is just the major drawings that will fold.

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