RIBA Part.02 (2013) | Oxford Brookes University, UK
- The English Minimal Home increases potential for communication at the scale of the home and the city. The ambition is to slow down the domestic practices involving the shared production, preparation and consumption of food in order to increase potential communication at both scales. The functional technology and quantity of space are reduced to an extreme minimum to necessitate sharing in the everyday practices of the family rather than relying on the assistance of technology.
RIBA Part.02 (2013) | Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- In ancient Greece, the Agora was the centre of political, social and athletic activity: a place of public assembly. This project re-thinks this concept in a contemporary and acutely-relevant polycentric setting. The sub-centre becomes architecture’s project: seen as an urban context equally in need of innovation, imagination and critical response.
For Christchurch, A New Agora may be seen as a catalytic intervention on a vastly changing urban structure: challenging a more typical response and presenting one possible alternative. More generally, this design is a direct consideration and commentary on architecture’s multi-faceted, critical relationship with the city: ultimately understanding the two as fundamentally intertwined.