AA Inter 3

by laetitiakha
April 23, 2021, 3:02 pm
Filed under: 2020-21

Hello Ricardo & Nannette!

Here are some drafts of the design with rendering in progress.

I have researched on the relationship between the two different geographies; the Brazilian Amazon and London, through monitoring deforestation. I have found there is a significance of a tree in being a natural organism that stores CO2, and when it is burnt, the CO2 stored in the tree is released in the atmosphere, contributing to the warming of the planet and pollution. As philosopher Bruno Latour suggested, the idea of mankind manipulating nature and reincorporating it somewhere else is an illusion we have created that nature is outside, but maybe we never were outside of nature. Therefore, the two geographies are interlinked with the idea that one action in the Amazon such as fires will impact the health in another side of the world; London as we all share the same biosphere and ultimately the same planet.

With the renders and design in progress, I may still manipulate the size and interiority.

My aim is to visualise the impact of deforestation through:

  1. Visually: Outer skin attracts pollution over time and may become hairier
  2. Sensory: Deformation of the skin disrupts social activities
  3. Tracing: Leaving traces of imprints of pollution onto surrounding buildings

Activities within creature is educational and hands-on:

Cultivation is at the core to reconnect with the essence of where materials come from that we use every day, and to encourage more local cultivation rather than relying on external importation.

In terms of the structure of the envelope of the architecture, I aim to keep it a mixture of wood and inflatable fabric which would be malleable enough for deformation.

Best wishes,


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Hi Laetitia,

Thanks for the blog post! We will add a few comments below in order to help progress for Tuesday.

1- Interesting reference to Latour and his thinking. But how practically that alters or inform the project siting, size, interaction or materiality?

2- Where is the 3D section drawing? Please use the section drawing in 3d as shown in multiple examples to develop the work. It is a back and forth process between the drawing and the actual 3d development – but the angle, the cut elements and what you decided to show will evolve the project in those aspects. Why not cut inside the existing buildings and show how your project is changing or challenging the way that people occupy it? Be more ambitious.

3- Also your creature demands a huge human presence, or it should do so. Evolve how it needs humans as well to regulate it, fix it, discuss with it in ways that people occupy inside and outside. If the project is just there hanging around it fails, what changes is it bringing to the area too?

4- Like in point ‘3’ think about how the creature is changing the site, the ground, the materiality, the use, do not think only of the design, speculate and imagine the changes the project may change. Imagine the site in 5/10 years time. Here are some images showing occupation, and site change (for inspiration):

We hope the comments are helpful, please develop the 3d section and consider the points above for Tuesday.

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