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Densities that Erupt by kirasciberras
April 7, 2014, 10:49 pm
Filed under: 2013-14

c4d final big big WITHOUT PEOPLE

In this image I tried to capture a moment in time where the integration of the stones over Pub Street was complete. Here, above the street a combination of programs emerges. The tourists gather here to see the stones being restored, the Pub Street’s program has spilled onto this new form. The form itself is an organic creation, moving and changing with the stones point in the cycle. But as the program is so slow moving and gradual, the structure itself sets itself around the rocks.

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Hi Kira,

The image is very raw on atmosphere and rough architecturally. It is hard to see how those thick steps connects at all with the proposition. The image show a bunch or dis-formed rocks with some people reading books around them. Is it what the project is about? To trivialize the process or of to make it more accessible? The 3d is rough. At the moment you really need to stabilize what the project wants to be in terms of space. The image posted illustrates a confused result and intention. Your image does not shows a relationship with context at the moment, what is a pity. Please try to create a confrontation between the existing site and your proposition. Every drawing and image should make that point clearer and clearer. Think about your design brief of what the project architecturally (not conceptually, nor metaphorically) is set to do. The images should work to illustrate and develop that.

How is the TS going? How have you developed it in the last weeks? What is the plan for the next week and how do you want to finalize it (drawings, photos, prototypes, modes?)?

Comment by tutor

Dear tutors,

the drawing is a little raw at the moment because at the time the idea was not clear but really having sat down and having hashed out all the concept and project aim (ts has helped in this) I have a much more clear idea of what is happening.

I have read over our points we touched on before the break and I have come up with a solid plan for the project as well as a reason for subverting the process for TS.

So I will first post the project aim here so you can get a clear idea of where the project has gone and then I will add just the TS Content Page (second half) to see where the TS comes in for that.


Angkor Wat was built using 100,000 people from all over the Cambodian kingdom, with almost 5 to 10 million sandstone bricks, each weighing up to 3,300 pounds were taken from the Phnom Kulen mountain, down 54 mile long canals which formed part of an interconnecting series, passing over the Cambodian landscape. This construction of the monolithic sacred temple not only generated an ecosystem of its own, but involved the whole of Cambodia! Stretching over 400 km2, including forested area, from the 9th to the 15th century. In construction, it called in most of Cambodia’s resources and labour force in order to build such a project. It is therefore safe to say that Angkor Wat encompasses its surroundings. And is every bit interconnected with it, even spiritually. The Kulen Cliffs were carved with “Linga” to bless the water for King Suryavarman II as it makes its way to Siem Reap where the land fertilizes it as it makes its way to Angkor. It is interesting to see how the creation of one architecture impacts its neighbors, generating such galvanization of a nation that Angkor Wat not only brought the kingdom together but also rendered them interdependence.

Even after being abandoned the site still had a special relationship to its environment. The effects of nature and the over growth of the surrounding jungle engulfed Angkor Wat to merge it with the blab la forest adjacent to it.

Today, the use and meaning of the temple has changed. After being opened as one of the most important archaeological tourist sites in South East Asia, much focus has been made on keeping the physical structure together in order to appease more tourists. It was a sacred temple, but now it is a fun park for tourists. These users have an extremely superficial and passive relationship with the site and stones. Tourists themselves are the modern day users of Angkor Wat, that support and fund the upkeep however, there would seem to be a lack of recognition to its mystical significance in the modern world.

After having made this historical discovery I would like to keep this cycle of Angkor Wat extending itself going. The idea of cyclical storytelling and the dependency of extraction, but this time in the opposite way. So far, the emphasis has been on restoration and conservation of the structure as a whole that is decaying. Tourists visit to see the beauty of Angkor, but are detached as the purity of the temples has been lost over time and objective conservation. On the other hand, what if the fragments that fell off the body off Angkor were not restored in the traditional sense, but instead their restoration was one that embodied also a new type of spiritual significance?

So what I am proposing is that those stones and pieces that are dwindling are to be moved to create a venerated temple in their own right as sacred relics. ((When the stones themselves detach from the holiness of Angkor they remain sacred.)) The rocks are Angkor Wat and can be moved to the nearby city of Siem Reap in order to connect with an area that has been struck by tourist as a result of Angkor Wat being opened. Here the involvement of the surrounding’s constant cycle has not changed as the fragments are moving to the city. They characterize the spiritual representation of what Angkor Wat was when venerated as a temple. By taking these rocks away from the site and honoring them in Pub Street we are creating a personalized spiritual connection. This way we have created another hundred temples and for as long as there is a a source of stone more temples will arise.

How can this process occur from transport to the pub street restoration? The process of restoration starts once the rock is on the truck. With this new definition of restoration the stones must be valued, and must be brought into their new environment gradually, so that people may appreciate them. In everyday life a truck would pick up the rock and take it from site A to site B but here we are subverting this process to its lengthiest state in order to prolong the admiration of the stone. The journey from Angkor Wat to Pub Street becomes a procession and the people that follow it, its pilgrims. I want the process to be so unhurried that once they arrive to Pub Street they create an ecosystem of their own. They move rotating forward along their axis very slowly, allowing people to access every part of it.

But again the process of restoration does not happen in a day, it has a personal experience with the user. It stays there for years. People come to see these rocks. People come on holiday for a couple of day or a week / month. And as it moves extremely slowly it collects the input of the people around it. And just that in itself makes it holy. Look how many people it brings together. It is a new kind of spirituality. A new kind of holiness, it is a space that allows you to, rather than going into a building and fitting into it, it is a building that is allowing YOU to make IT. You are shaping your own temple. Through the users’ presence they are becoming actors in the scenography. Some people do not believe in religion or go to Mass but somehow they feel there is a form of spirituality. But it is not about religion. It is about spirituality. It is the material and the spiritual that meet on this plane above Pub Street. Allowing people to restore the rocks themselves. To bring back they stones former spiritual glory. Connecting with it as they did 200 years ago.


In terms of the structure above Pub Street I am trying to create an organic structure that changes with the flow of people, as well as creating an envirnment for these stones and their users, by using different material tests such as meshes and elastic materials, testing weight bearing over time, but still trying to keep the intuitive design (as I had done in the First Term)

So, in terms of TS, this is the Content Page, Divided into the three times in Angkor Wat’s timeline I thought was important to get the two main ideas across: Angkors relationship with its surroundings & The new type of restoration.

Content Page: Part II

Technical Studies Part ii : Aim & Introduction

Angkor Wat: What was it / What is it today
Angkor Wat: The three time phases of Angkor Wat:
Construction of the temple // Abandonment to nature // The tourist influx

Phase I: Construction of the temple
Size & location
Study: dependency of systems created
Involvement of other nearby areas
What is it made of? Laterite and Sandstone study

Phase II: Abandonment to nature
The nature of decay
Interdependence on trees and wildlife
Study of the temples reaction to nature

Phase III: The tourist influx
Current state of Angkor Wat
Tourist statistics
Cause and impact
Involvement of other nearby areas
Initial tests and concepts
Response: restoration and conservation
Tools and methods used

Conclusion: A new type of restoration
Restoring the rock to its spiritual glory
Replication of the cycle
Subverting the Process
A new Angkor Wat
The journey:
Pub street
Cause and effect: moments of absurdity
Tests and simulations

Thank you and apologies for the long message.
All the best,


Comment by kirasciberras

HI Kira,
Thanks for the explanation. We are glad to note you have progressed during the break both in terms of TS and project balance. How does the TS document reflects that? The TS is more focused on drawing or models? How have you evolved it based on the the above? If you need to talk we could be available on Thursday 24th – only if it helps of course.
Good luck!

Comment by tutor

Hi again,
I would love to meet tomorrow but unfortunately I am still in Malta and I couldn’t change my flight back to come a bit earlier.
Would it be possible to send you a ts draft tomorrow and correspond by email?

As for the model making, I think initially it is based on theory and drawing but as the project progressed there has been more stress on models and material testing. I am aiming for a “final” model of a section through the existing and proposed, that will hopefully be done tomorrow.
Kind regards,


Comment by kirasciberras

No problem Kira, send us a low res file and we can comment if you like. Good luck.

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