Multiple barriers – including viaducts, motorways and canals – define the boundaries of Hackney Wick, although following 2012 Olympic developments, there are some new bridges and attempts to improve key pedestrian routes to connect Hackney Wick to its surroundings. This project explores networks and space across a range of scales, and attempts to generate tools for architectural analysis and speculation out of material systems techniques.

Research has focused upon two such strategies: 1.Patterns on the surfaces of laminated steels, which are a cumulation of layers recording each folding during forging, and 2. Origami, where folding papers provides deployable structures and repeated patterns. Its plasticity provides possibilities of placing new facilities in existing infrastructure.

Royal college of art WIP show

Royal college of art WIP show

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has recently spoken publically about the need for ‘Moral Capitalism’; but with protesters camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral, and the British, European and World economies in turmoil, is now the time to question the entire nature of our economic behaviour? Consumption is not community, and perhaps only through joint creativity can we progress beyond contemporary contradictions.

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Today’s mass media economists tell us that we must strive for balance. Deficit must be balanced by cuts. Downturn must be balanced by job losses. I question whether it is possible to create such an economy of symmetry, and wonder about the complicity of architectural aesthetics

This project explores the potential of various near future smart materials, some of which might be ‘grown’ out of the complex material geology of post-industrial area.

Certain micro-organisms grown and engineered, using the architectural context as a feed is employed to harvest new natural-polymer.

Generating something of new value for local artists in Hackney Wick where have two notable characteristics: one is a historical “pocket of poverty”(Baker 1995); the other shows highest concentration of creative industries per m2 in UK.

The semi-living research interface needs proper environment such as architectural strategy to cultivate nature like system – temperature in a controlled area, feeds provision and metabolic rate, which is transplanted to urban petri dish.

Further research will explore hybrids of new smart materials and materials from existing local buildings and landscape. Building at the end of life provide Caco3 powder , minerals, and water purifier. Empty industrial warehouse generate glucose through algae photosynthesis on the gable roof top. Micro organisms and water are gathered from Lea Canal through glass pipes which also transport harvested materials and by-products.

This bottom up approach questions traditional notions of architectural production as solely ‘building’, instead explores emerging ecologies of ‘growing’ as a new hybrid architectural language. Also, this new spontaneous ecology could offer alternatives for thinking about how we could help local community to revive in an era of late capitalism.

Royal college of art WIP show _ 2012.01.31 ~ 02.06

Royal college of art WIP show _ 2012.01.31 ~ 02.06