- Super-Use Mass Observation
Year 3 Final Project/ Tutor: Graeme Brooker
- Super-Use... " a community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling " superuse.org
Mass Observation... " a voluntary, diary-based project designed to study everyday life in Britain "massobs.org
Super-Use Mass Observation, a studio combining a site specific re-use ideology and a design narrative based on the concept of Mass Observation. The project site is an old Victorian School located next to a railway viaduct in Brighton, East Sussex, UK.The aim was the remodelling of the school to house the Mass Observation archive (a library of personal accounts, documented to create an 'anthropology of ourselves') and in doing so, help it become more appealing to the public . In tandem, the Super-Use ideology developed into reclaiming and reusing much of the past & present structural materials and objects, helping to retain the building's architectural 'voice' and imbed a sense of layered history.This sense of re-use also manifested itself in the design of a manufacturing process through the building's core, in which waste material was recycled to create structural 'bricks', then used to rebuild a ruinous section of the building into a space to house the archive.
Through the combined study of the site analysis and the process of re-use the building would incorporate, a number of properties were observed and explored which drove the development of a spacial proposition.The outcome is a project which aims to preserve the past 'character' of the structure, but at the same time invite a new use to de-construct and re-construct the interior spaces, in an effort to make the concept of Mass Observation more open and accessible to members of the public.
- These sheets explore the historical, circulatory and narrative contexts of the structure and local area. Investigating the story of elderly buildings is a fasinating subject- engaging and uncovering marks, materials and user interaction/circulation presents the structure with a 'voice' with which to guide future interventions. Further investigation through a historical survey of similar structures and the local area also help to inform the direction of the project.
- The sheets above use the initial data from the earlier investigations and surveys in the construction of experimental models and scaled constructions which explore the physical architecture of spatial strategies and the emotive architecture of the atmosphere and experiences the building exhibited. An early accommodation schedule sets specific requirements which need to be met.
- Beginning to locate and test structural areas, found through the earlier investigations, and imagining the insertion of new programmes into said areas.
- Displaying the process of design development as well as the integration of the core 'element' of the proposal. The 'element' served as the backbone of the intervention, becoming the bridge between the concepts of Super-Use and Mass Observation, and an essential part of the narrative. It also provided a structural barrier segregating the building's natural inhabitants and general public, the inhabitants provided a higher architectural plane to monitor the visitors.
- The 'element' construction developed into a transportation device for the re-use of low-value archive material. Material was collected, deconstructed, pulped and reconstructed as 'bricks' with which to rebuild a dilapidated section of the building into an archive to store high-value Mass Observation data. This process starts at one end of the 'element' and finishes at the other, creating a construction line of two-dimensional data slowly being transformed into a three-dimensional form.
- Finalised plans and section.
- Renders of the significant spatial interventions within the proposal.
- Presentational sheet of my proposal for the University of Brighton BIAAS Show 2011.