Nature Reclaims the Site

This animation is an archive artefact depicting nature reclaiming the site. The drawing questions how the Circus West Development supresses nature by covering the area in paving stones. The only natural plants that exist here are in two patches, minuscule in comparison to the size of the area, or in planters, carefully manicured and unnatural….

Peeling Back The Surface

An additional piece to my archive indicating that many of the surfaces around the development aren’t what they seem. What appears to be brick is, in fact, a cladding system over a steel and concrete structure. This model suggests how we could peel back the surface of a building and reveal a true structure underneath….

Concept Model

This piece acts as my concept drawing. Looking through into the box we view a colourful scene of Circus West Village. We see children playing in the fountains, as is advertised in the development’s promotional material, and the local store selling home grown produce. By inserting a mirror into the box, a new scene is…

Thought Process

I returned to site and spoke to a woman who works in the Village Hall as part of a pop-up cinema. She was quite cynical about the development and, unprompted commented on aspects which I have been archiving within my project. Her opinions: The village hall is nothing like ones she’s used to. Here, they…

Archiving the False

This week I have been curating a collection of the false aspects to the Circus West development.   The model I developed a model to highlight the fact that the columns underneath the railway line are arbitrary. Using a piece of two way mirror, one can see either a reflection of the false environment that…

A False Identity

The Circus West development exhibits many contradictions and inconsistencies in the image it is aiming to sell. Under the rail bridge a series of pop-up shops sell contemporary home furnishings such as cushions, quirky ornaments and candles which you can make yourself by taking part in a workshop. Here the materials used feel reclaimed; the…

Return to Battersea

On a return visit to Battersea I intended to document the materials of the area following the feedback from my previous tutorial. Initially I experimented with taking rubbings using charcoal and oil pastel, but struggled to achieve much definition and found it difficult to distinguish between the textures of each rubbing. I proceeded to photograph…

Subnature

David Gissen’s Subnature collects elements within the build environment that are ignored when we discuss architecture and photograph our surroundings. I expected the book to be more of a taxonomy than it is. Rather than being a collection of dramatic or ironic images calling out the industry when it brushes over the reality of sites,…

Memory Room: The Inklings

The Brief To create a model of a room in which an event of historical or cultural import took place. The creation could be speculative, using elements of the known history to influence the architecture and the viewer’s interaction with the piece. The purpose is to capture a moment in history in a spatial representation…