All-new contents page, will add in page numbers when they’re pinned down. Found the previous version had become so outdated that it was placing emphasis on themes that are less important now so started over, hopefully this covers the important ingredients to the portfolio Planning on using these to supplement a more interesting (perspectival?) drawing….

After the Review

Been spending my time since Tuesday going back over my portfolio to address the changes we spoke about in the review. Looking at the proposed chapter titles they’re not meshing perfectly with the material I have and so I might change them slightly – ‘Cuisine’, ‘Threshold’ and ‘The View’ definitely stay, but ‘Mass’ and ‘Void’…

Ornaments of the Uncanny

Working up some explanatory drawing into the facade ornamentation, including a couple of new ideas for a Steve Witkoff gargoyle/rainwater outlet and Rolls Royce wheel detail: Began looking at the way the structure of the concrete core might meet the steel diagrid bracing at the corners of the tower and as I was doing this…

Proposal

Been thinking some more about what we discussed on Tuesday regarding briefly summarising the project… for the time being: A loophole in a foreign aid scheme allows developers in New York to transfer investment from East Harlem to fund the construction of luxury skyscrapers on Billionaire’s Row. These buildings represent the edifice of a political…

432 Park Avenue

When we met at the Barbican we spoke about the portfolio as a series of counterpoints: East Harlem against Central Park South; Taft Houses against The Witkoff site at 36 CPS; affluence and social capital against deprivation and unemployment. To stand against the dismembered taxonomy of Taft Houses which I have been looking at 432…

El Barrio

After my discussions with Charles on Tuesday I have been reading about the principles of tall building structures. I shall look into some more studies of the tech behind the surrounding skyscrapers of Billionaire’s Row to follow on. Draft of a menu for the Burrito Restaurant. For Tuesday I need to develop some drawings of…

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Enthused

Some thoughts on the soldered model after Tuesday: The new towers of Billionaire’s Row are the product of financial calculations. Their form is the evidence of rationalist thought processes that are concerned with core efficiencies and net floor areas: the building as a product. When we speak of the ‘anti-tower’ what does it react against?…

January Megapost

The first seven images address some of the themes we discussed before the break and Ronnie’s question of ‘which is the stronger culture between East Harlem and Central Park South?’ I did some reading into a report that was published to accompany proposals by the NYC Districting Commission’s for the redrawing of the city’s legislative…

Project Contents [Page]

Mind map outlining themes/parties/connections covered in the work so far. I think the next goal will be to work up some more speculative drawings that look at the parasitisation of the site at Park Lane and so any reference points for that would be particularly useful (and potentially relevant to tech also…)

A Site on South Side

Drawing the relationship between the artificial district established linking the site of the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel at 36 Central Park South with East Harlem. The skyline of Midtown Manhattan is an artificial mountain range of [ever]tall[er] buildings, shaped by the paranoia of the developer and [dis]connected to Upper East Side by census tracts through…

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Experiment 02

1. A dripping mandible perches above the existing thorax (Experiment 01: 25.10.15) to augment the model.<a href="http://ds7.osa.digital/wp- 2. Further reading around the proposed skyscraper on the site of the Park Lane Hotel, soon to be translated into drawn form… 3. Site model, in progress (to help inform environmental analysis for the tech study). content/uploads/2015/11/Screenshot.jpg”>

The Internet is Fixed…

Portfolio Layout 1. 3D scan of my object. It is interesting to see how the scan is an Uncanny replica of the object; a kind of corrupted digital translation. I think the interface between digital and manual design techniques might be an interesting focus for my exploration study having already been looking at 3D printing….

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Experiment 01

Partially successful experiment deforming cast wax ‘organ’ using indirect heat (follow up to Study Model 14.10.15). When applied from the reverse side of the model the heat tended to dissipate before deforming the wax cast. In the video above (played a 10x speed) the wax pools at the base of the model as the steel…

…Maybe Manhattan?

“The enquiry begins with a line drawn between London Gatwick airport and The Local hostel, New York. Just across the Queensboro Bridge an artificial mountain range of skyscrapers emerge from the urban archipelago of Manhattan, paranoiac constructions of the 20th century. Le Corbusier decried these “misshapen adolescents of the machine age” when he described them…

Study Model

Greyboard/Steel Wire/Solder/Wax Looking at ways an uncanny form of ornamentation might be supported by a steel frame. Some reasons why this is an unsuccessful model: 01. The ornamentation isn’t very Uncanny. 02. The poured wax is at the same time an uncontrolled and quite predictable generator of form – tending always to obliterate fine detail…

The Architectural Uncanny

Architects of the humanist tradition utilised platonic geometries and the golden section as a means by which to construct buildings in the image of the idealised human form. Ornamental figures were housed in niches or moulded into decorative friezes, themselves supported by caryatids in the shape of the female figure; the imposition and relative proportions…

Sabine Gates v01

Sabine Gates v01 The entrance to Liverpool Street Station is reimagined as the entrance to Janet Cardiff’s Opera at the Train Station. An additional layer of the spectacle-ular enters the city. Model casts in metal to be made and moved to the monument?