Project: Infrastructure of Nostalgia_p1

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Looking at South London’s area of Bermondsey you can notice a long infrastructural strip splitting the urban grain causing programmatic fragmentation which effectsseparation of social connections, isolating industrial and educational institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally performed in symbiosis with local production, later due to gentrification and viaduct expansion, the role of the railway shifted from a connector to a border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trace of this can be found along the line:

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As an example of such condition, here is a closer look at the area where now disused Spa Rd Sta is. Whilst the most of the site is occupied with residentials, the largest complex of council houses stretches along the viaduct creating a second boundary line.

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Few industrial and educational elements exists as remnants of industrial past, and are now threatened by a master-plan regeneration in preference for more housings, promising new school facilities. Its already known that current school closes by the end of the year, yet there s no clear play for its temporary relocation.

Apart from that, juxtaposition of the street grid with infrastructure forms these triangulated plots of land offering potential for interventions.

 

 

Following the analysis of current conditions I developed a strategy for preserving the threatened historical elements along with establishing linkage within educational and industrial facilities. Thus was discovered the segment of the viaduct in the middle would benefit for physical connection and extensions of programs on site:

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Unbuilt London

Extreme Infrastructural Improvements. Part III.

 

Scale:River

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Four Forgotten Schemes to Straighten the Thames by Willey Reveley, 1877

Thames river has always been pretty curvy inspiring minds for many inventions, and one of them was a grand plan of straightening it in 1796. Due to heavy wind conditions sailing ships experienced difficulties navigating around its loops.

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Unbuilt London

Extreme Infrastructural Improvements. Part II.

 

Scale:Airplane

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King’s Cross Aerodrome by Charles Glover, 1931

King’s Cross used to be one of the most deprived areas in London and was home to a red light district in 1930s. In 1931, architect Charles Glover proposed to increase airborne traffic by building an elevated airport above the railway sidings of King’s Cross.

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Gyroscope, first vision

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As round as a moon is set the profile
To change phases at move every once in a while;
Six hundred mill tall, operated by hand
With one gentle push it will roll through the land.

A phase is complete when all rings collide
In one single plane revealing inside
Of the mirror, reflecting a scape thats behind
For two realms to merge and facades to combine.

 

 

 

Unbuilt London

Extreme Infrastructural Improvements. Part I.

London is rich and diverse in its architectural language, but even more fascinating projects are left on paper. Some of them are more modest while others pushed to extreme and seem too futuristic, but nevertheless they served inspiration for further development that did take place in the city.

The article is broken into several parts and projects are arranged in a Scale from a road to a city, featuring examples of their modern interpretations.

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Journey through Danteum

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The Danteum was proposed during the time of Mussolini’s Fascist regime. It is to be built to celebrate the “greatest of Italian poets” – Dante, and for the planned Exposition of 1942 in Rome. The sequence of spaces is imbued with the concepts found in the Divine Comedy, and an interpretation of Mussolini’s New Roman Empire.
Here Danteum is presented as the architecture of translation, focusing on the gradual ascent with spiralling motions, interpreted from the allegorical and numerical descriptions in the Divine Comedy.

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Parallel to the front a freestanding wall
An immense monument of 100 marble blocks.
Each proportional to canto from Divine poem
Incised with the prays for the New Empire of Roman.

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