Diaspora Launch

Hello all,

Having recovered from a crazy weekend that began with travelling up to Glasgow for the opening of Archifringe and Scotportfolio’s exhibition, I’m pleased to share with you all some images from the night. We received an accompanying publication with all of the participants work and I would also like to share this with yo


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In recent years tall buildings and the property there-in have become safe deposit boxes in the sky for the rich. Once seen as a way to produce quality mass housing we now build tall for the very select few. 76 tall buildings are set to be completed in London this year.

Tall buildings have become something more ignorant, more repetitious, and more impregnable than in the past. If we are to continue to live in cities, we need new architectures that allow us to live more fulfilled and sustainable lives. With this goal in mind is it important to define why we build tall and consider whom do tall buildings benefit, and who should they benefit?

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This drawing forms part of the process work for my thesis project at The London School of Architecture, a new school of architecture that I joined after completing my studies at the Edinburgh College of Art.

 Furthest left is an elevation that considers Nicholas Hawksmoor’s London Churches through a process of copying, pushing and pulling, in order to create a hyper-vertical tower. The re-appropriation of form creates something alien to the typical contemporary vertical language represented in the centre of the image.

 Right, the final tower questions the need for tall buildings at all. It proposes a simple framework comprised of notional floors. There are no walls, no windows, no lifts. The sole purpose is to accommodate a new form of recycling facility for London inhabited only by machines. The vertical system is designed to consolidate the city’s waste; putting the process on display and redistributing the recycled goods to a city hiding from the waste it creates.

 The image documents the design process of a new generation. This holistic approach considers histories, systems and ethics as well as form, moving on from the blinkered methodologies of the past.