1: 200 Model | Process

SEED  B.15 Modelmaking Workshop, The University of Manchester


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The scaffold construction that makes up the bulk of the design was represented by engraving the framework on acrylic sheeting and rubbing in acrylic paint to the define the details.’

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‘To create the tent like canopy above each area of the site we used a vac-formed sheet to create the draped fabric aesthetic desired. This was achieved by creating a former using Ureol Modelboard which was sanded to the correct shape then placed to sit on the bed of the vac former.’

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‘Further detail was added to the internal floor spaces using laser cut cardboard fixed to plywood floor plates. This plates were then assembled and slotted into place into the main framework before having the roof canopies fitted above.’


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Conceptual Evolution

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Taking into account the stalled nature of the site, the purpose of a Cartesian analysis is to identify and manipulate a set of possible spatial relationships – this tactic could enable the reintegration of the site within the existing social and urban fabric and also challenge the direction of an entire spatial narrative.

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A symbolic interpretation of the Roma Camp introducing the concept of spatial labyrinth and strict diferentiation between the residential area and ground floor activities. 

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The regularized steel grid structure enables high levels of spatial freedom and  aesthetic complexity, with the programmatic timeline shifting daily or even hourly, according to the inhabitant’s needs or desires.

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Introducing the module as a response to the kinship networks defining the Roma inner social organization patterns – each residential unit comprises of a service core, up to three residential levels and a protective roof membrane.

Concept Development

In Limbo’ does not propse a strategy that strives towards pristine, perfectly aligned spaces and sleek technologies, but an exploration of the imperfect, of the random and the improvised – a breathing, ever-changing structure that echoes the unconventional ways of the Romani people and their ability to adapt in any given environment.12


[Intimate Cities]

Following the successful completion of the MA A + U course, I have decided to continue my final year of study by joining the [Intimate Cities] atelier.

Intimate Cities argues that capitalism’s rapacious commodification of urban space has exiled the people and programmes that do not conform to the rules of the regulated city to the urban fringe. The Unit is concerned with hybrid and multi-layered space that recognizes the culturally diverse characters, situations and programmes that add richness to the contemporary city.

More information on the atelier’s ethos can be found here.

This year, the ‘edgeland’ we are exploring is the River Irwell between Victoria Station and Pomona Dock.

MovieBarcode technique applied to the recorded Manchester –  Salford journey.