AA Inter 3

by annabrylka
April 21, 2016, 9:58 am
Filed under: 2015-16, Anna

Hi Nanette and Ricardo,

I am sorry for posting this so late. Here are my drafts of the drawings and text. I am still in the modelling phase so the next drawings will have the missing garden elements and a diagram of all components.


Once you open the lid of the blue barrel, the vicious liquid inside it  gets instantly activated. It is eager to spread, soak in and poses every matter on its way. It has no eyes but it sees and conquers all. A little at a time. You consciously open the sealed container and let it out into the open as it laughs in your face. In first instance it evaporates and takes over the air , enters your mouth, then goes through your throat and into your lungs as you inhale it.  The smell attacks your nostrils before you get used to it and become immune. You spill it and enter the bathtub, you let it slowly  enter the pores of your skin and leak into the pores of the soil beneath your feet. This happens every hour of every day in hands of hundreds of people like you, young and old, man and women. The same routine, every day for the past 60 years, until today. ..

“The Western Apache inhabit a landscape which they also depict as fully inhabiting them; so that the two phenomena become virtually one” (Abramson and Theodossopoulos, 2000)

People and their landscape are one on both physical and psychological levels.  In the area of Hazaribagh these relationships are controversial and disputable. Marked with a path of toxins traveling through all living organisms , the local  landscape is a synthetic unity of humans, soils and plants  that will last longer than their lifetime. From the psychological side, the perception of this land in the eyes of the local community is a mixture of  disillusion, guilt and pride.

How to define an identity of a landscape that has generated one of the most progressive markets in the country but seemingly causing large scale contamination and diseases?  The tannery estate on the side of Buriganga river is one of the 10 most polluted environments in the world but in the eyes of the local community associated with the The Institute of Leather Technology and Engineering, a local department of the University of Dhaka, there is a sense of pride and deep love for the area.

The governmental relocation project is an opportunity to generate a discussion on industries as a source of progress versus respect for the organic matter often sacrificed in the process. The key to the discussion is the understanding of land and man as one organism, linked by physiological processes and a sense of common identity.The guilt and pride of the land are set against each other to confront the subjects of industrial contamination with the regeneration of land opposed against the economical progress these industries produce.

The program of the artificial landscape contains of three elements. Suspended Regeneration Gardens, planted with phytoremediation plants responsible for absorbing the toxins from soil. They are connected with industry exposition spaces keeping the product of the area associated with its origins.The central organ of the structure is the Auditorium space built for lectures and debates forced to discuss the innovations in the industry, in context of the environment.

The project includes the old tannery workers as the Caretakers of the Regeneration Plant. They are an integral part of the landscape and are themselves a part a of the regeneration cycle. Once one layer of soil is regenerated, they exchange it with the people from the area and excavate the same amount of contaminated soil from their sites. Each exchange ends one cycle and begins a new one. Each time processing an amount of soil equivalent to the surface area of the structure. The appearance from the outside is of a large ,open, deconstructed, artificial landscape. On the inside, a secluded experience of that landscape with reinvented relationships of its elements.  Capturing the rain water during the monsoon season in large, onion-like tanks, and the plants used to keep that water cycling within the structure create an independent microclimate which increases the regeneration speed.

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Thanks for the post Anna.

It is good to see the progress, so below are a few comments to help you carry on improving:

1- The text got soooo much better. it was already strong in the beginning, the the problematic introduction is very good. A few things like the introduction of the relocation project is never explained properly, just mentioned too abruptly, also the project journey and its spaces can be better developed. IN the final paragraph you start doing that. Describe now specifically and make comparison, allusions to form, smells, and find elements in your design to fulfill them.

2- The render atmospheres is interesting with like a sunset light quality. Now as you may know evolve the modelling and develop a stage of it. As the site is vast it is important that you use the text and the drawings as a script (like in films) that you allocate the parts and connections you want. After that you can give more detail to the parts you like. See what works for you, but that is is just a tip that you do not need to fill the whole site in one go, but define levels of resolution to parts you know more (specific uses, forms, colours, plants, heights, sizes) by now and the rest you leave in a more diagrammatic level.

3- The drawing that suppose to be the section is more of a perspective for now (as it has context in front and is not cut yet). Make sure you explore the sectional qualities on it, as it is a way to think circulation, movement, proportion and relation between things inside and stuff outside. Cut it out!

4- The reference render is clear, but also please find another reference for your interior spaces that can relate to peoples practices in the region not only of what exist but aspirational, things they want to dream about in this place.

5- The hand drawing section shows some potential with more defined spaces, bring them into the section, to show connections and relations.

Look forward to see your work on Tuesday!!!

Good luck!!!

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