Emergent Technologies & Design [ EmTech ]
Msc Dissertation 2011; / Architectural Association School of Architecture [ AA ]
Studio Directors; / Michael Weinstock / George Jeronimidis
Modular architecture tends to create standard repetitious clusters through the combination of similar or same units, while free-form architecture requires custom fabrication for each individual piece. We are interested in architecture that falls in-between these two extremes, where a complex organization of patterns and methods contain a limited amount of building components wherein combinatory differentiation creates variation. Through crystalline growth strategies, and references to spatial packing, this dissertation aims to investigate a building strategy that uses geometry to enhance function and performance. Using a catalogue of spatial components wherein combinatory differentiation creates a variation of morphologies, geometry works in service to its spatial counterpart. As spatial units join, the assemblies organize themselves in orders of aggregation, looking to create larger inhabitable blocks. Many large metropolises around the world are filled with vacant lots. Most have construction planned for future dates and thus sit closed off and dead until construction can begin, often years in advance. Crystal City is a colonizing strategy for these temporarily unused locations, with limited preparation, minimal foundation and on site construction. The colonization of these lots will cater to an architectural social condition that plagues metropolises; the lack of housing for the individual as a unit. There are large percentages of single people living in major cities, around half of London’s population is single , and there are simply no mass housing plans for the small family unit. These individuals are in need of temporary housing, and are perfectly suited for a non-permanent colony due to their high turn around rate.
Status: School Project
Location: London, GB