Unit XV Y14-15 oak model of the wyre line
TANNIN STAINS ON OAK : DECONSTRUCTED BUILDING FRAGMENT BY CHLOE SHEWARD
Kate Darby leads design unit XV at the welsh school of architecture in the MAster of architecture programme.
the unit looks at the relationship between material and place in a globalised world. Material engagement lies at the heart of architectural practice. At a time when architects are starting to employ 3d printers to print full-scale buildings, what should our attitude to material be? What role could or should it play in our designs? To what degree is the material we use essential to the reading of a piece of architecture? How do different materials manipulate our experience of volume, light or acoustics? What are the ethical implications of choosing one material over another? Communities are created, landscapes changed, even the very culture of a place can be influenced by the predominance of a material use. Unit xv explores these issues through architectural intervention in which the material palette is constrained and defined by its connection to a place.
Gemma Wheeler's 'unsightly aid' inspired by ruskin received commendation in the riba silver medal awards. to see project click here