Highlighting the chosen pedestrian zones of focus on the site, this site plan-esque piece expresses the foundational ideas to the project: The physiology of the pedestrian + how it fits into the space through which it moves, a yearn for pedestrian/transition space that more thoughtfully considers the diversity of its inhabitants, the coded haptic cues that lie within these zones and, this aim to create space that is diverse in its legibility (polyglot communication).
Hatching 3D Elevation
Studying and inspecting urban haptic cues found along the commute, I begun to view them as this coded language. In this piece, I translated my ethnographic research of this surficial language into a coded visual language that represents the textures and what they are communicating, to me. Rather than using hatch patterns often found in architectural plans, I visually communicated this coded surficial language (creating my own language) through letters, symbols and punctuation marks to symbolise my interpretation of the textural examination. Layering it on top of 3D shape visualisations of the space in which they exist, and merging them into one unique form, it symbolises the connections between the spaces and this sense of a journey chain; accompanied by annotations specifying the space/surface I specifically inspected.
Textural Drawing Extrusion
Wanting to present the project ideas through typical architectural drawing, with a twist, this extruded hatching sketch is an expressive interpretation of floor textures that can be found in the city. Throughout the year-long duration of the MA, after a writing task in the first few weeks of the course, I became increasingly interested in the intersection of language/writing/text and space. To provide context but to also add layers to the beholding experience, the drawing is accompanied with a small extract of expressive, emotive writing.
Body Speaking Wall Models
With two key architectural elements chosen as a focus to spark this spatial conversation - the wall and the horizontal surface - I designed these 'body speaking walls'. After meticulous tests, research and iterations, these two forms were chosen. Intended to be implemented in the transition zones on the site, and with directionality considered, one was designed for 'to work' and the other for 'coming home'.
Handcrafted by myself, I built a scaled segment of each wall design by layering + glueing sectional view CNC cut pieces of plywood onto an internal dowel balance fastening. 600x500mm, free standing.
Again taking a traditional architectural drawing method; sections, but this time using the human lens, I inspected the designed 'body speaking walls' in relation to the whole and specific parts of the human body. As it passes by and interacts with the architectural element, in its anatomically performative states of daily motion, could we imagine this intricately woven and crafted spatial affinity between place (architectural entity/wall) and person?
The Architectural Braille Handbook
This handmade embossed book is another added layer to the tactile experience and sensorial understanding of the redesigned exterior pedestrian space on the site, Waterloo Station. Pressing my body parts into different materials (mattresses, clay, tin foil, bubble wrap), I created the texture from these imprints using 3D modelling software. Implementing the final developed imprint into the pedestrian zone of focus, the wrinkled terrain aims to welcome and reflect the presence of human beings by nudging to human anatomy through its form.
Importantly, the texture aimed to highlight that spatial experience should be collective and inclusive. The experience of the built environment is about everybody and the unique texture (but also the different ways that it is presented in this project) shows the affordances that disabilities, such as blindness, can bring to how we communicate things.
Projection Film Stills
To further explore the physiology and motional form of the pedestrian, this film was created. Projected onto the hand crafted wooden wall models, this moving image piece further explored the relationship between the inhabitant and the form of these designed ‘body speaking walls’. It aimed to express the role these two elements play in understanding and forming connections with our environment.