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The Bus | Paul Kirchner | Via
"In these drawings I have explored ways in which the contingencies of designing might be made manifest in the things that we design. It is not that that I have tried to design objects that “are” contingent—everything we design could equally have been otherwise. Rather, I have tried to make the contingencies of designing experienceable, in contrast to the way that they are often tidied away.
The drawings begin from a consideration of apparently functional everyday objects. Though these have clear requirements following from their purpose, they are under-constrained and leave enormous room for variation. Using an elaborate process of drawing, I have amalgamated several possibilities together to create irregular compositions without any one dominant ordering principle (even that of orderlessness). This formal strategy is complemented by the inclusion of mechanical components, animating the objects so that they slowly cycle through alternative configurations while being used.”
- Ben Sweeting
The method for constructing the drawings was developed as a direct connection and reflection of the partnering research topics, applying three progressing stages of communication and evaluation. Each drawing would begin as a series of small, sporadic sketches, each dealing with a either an Objective or Subjective interpretation of the research, site and/or spatial requirements. These sketches were then gradually combined, via a series of compositional explorations, reworkings and sketch ‘curations’. In the final stage, these were then reimagined as a single stream of consciousness, synergising each of the ideas and explorations into a cohesive architectural proposal.
The earlier stages of the drawings would take place over a series of days or weeks, often emerging from the immediate exploration of ideas, intuitions or research tangents. As these progressed, the drawing cycles become progressively more focused and linear, with the final stage occurring in as few ‘sittings’ as possible.
Chinese investment prompts the transitory integration of hydraulic fracturing within Blackpool, for the exploitation of shale gas. An unconventional approach towards hydraulic fracturing instigates urban regeneration and provides a framework which cultivates new industries, generates sustainable water systems and induces renewable methods of energy production.
Thirty-five fracking stations are integrated and a sustainable offshore community is constructed to offset effected communities. During fracking the station serves as a platform from which shale gas can be extracted, processed and distributed.
Over an 80 year timespan, the project speculates the transformation of Blackpool from an industrial Petropolis, to a less resource dependent and decentralized sustainable city. Industrial infrastructure once used for hydraulic fracturing is repurposed to process energy crops and grey water from the region. As a method of urban regeneration, the legacy plan aims to enhance socio-economic and well-being opportunities for communities in Blackpool.
Grand Central | Théo Guignard
Mister Mourao (aka Vasco Mourao) is a Portuguese architect turned into a freelance illustrator with (as he explains) “a tendency for obsessive drawing“. His methodical and detailed illustrations represent real or invented structures and buildings always from different perspectives. The buildings are sometimes exploded or distorted, fragmented and reassembled. The simplicity of the black line contrasts with the richness of the compositions.