Sunday, May 20, 2012


The following image aims to explain the concept behind the project as it spans across the city.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Here's the current design and layout of the chronogram.  Some images will need to be updated with images from the film, such as the deconstructing of the panopticon where more abstract shapes will be used rather than individual cells.


Here are some more images that I've been working on....  

I've tried to show the project at different scales, from the communication centre to the city. Some are a bit bright at the moment and some are more convincing than others...

Chronogram to follow soon!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012


As the 'architectural moshing' concept indicates movement within the facade or structure, I have identified the areas within each program where the movement will have to be restricted.  These include the entrance and reception, toilets, kitchen and also a number of cells within the prison.  

Because these areas have now been identified, it now allows me to place these within each site and to begin designing how the rest of the building will sit and also the idea of the 'architectural moshing'.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


If an image or film can be manipulated is it possible that physical objects, even structures, can be adapted and manipulated by the information that creates them? 

The three buildings, stated in the previous post, will work together to survey the financial system.  Therefore, as the financial system changes, these changes can be seen in the physical structures of the prison, school and community centre.

The following images are exploring the idea of 'Architectural Moshing'.

Friday, January 20, 2012


After deciding to place a prison on the third site I researched some examples of old, new, successful and unsuccessful prisons. The first set of images show a number of prisons from around the world, over a number of decades.

I found the Caseros prison, particularly interesting as the inmates began to 'control' the social environment within the structure and they also adapted the architecture itself to fit their own needs. Removing cell doors and punching holes through the exterior walls are just two examples of the physical manipulation they placed upon the architecture.

“Caseros was conceived as a paradigm of ‘modern’ architecture: its form followed its function. Architecture was transformed into an enemy of surveillance rather than its primary means. Despite its extreme transformation its form remained related to function. What was inverted, however, was for whom form functioned for. The transformation of its fa├žade from its original impermeable nature to its new porous condition revealed the inversion in architectural servitude.”
Gaspar Libedinsky

More information on the Caseros prison and its history can be found at:


The third site, situated in the area surrounding Shoreditch High Street Station will house a prison.  This idea has stemmed from reading Michel Foucault's 'Discipline and Punish' and also because of the idea that prisons act as an antagonist to the banks.


The second site is within Spitalfields where a community building will sit.  The building will act as a halfway house and also, if possible, offer other services to the community.


I have chosen three sites within the area to place three new programmes that will eventually form a network to survey the financial system.  The first site is within Brick Lane where it will house a school.  I was originally thinking of a secondary school, however after some research into the area, according to the Tower Hamlets Council website, there are no nurseries in the immediate area.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Something that came up during the portfolio review was 'Data Moshing'.  A process that involves altering the data of the image/film in order to create glitches or errors. Below are a number of tests where the original files have been altered.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


In order to begin designing the individual sites where the cells have landed, I decided to go back to the cell design itself, as I felt restricted with how I had previously represented the cells (as simple boxes)and how to develop them further.  I kept in mind the idea that the cells are collecting and processing information, so I began to look at things such as servers, circuit boards, computers etc.  The cells therefore have become a series of components and elements and because of this, no two cells will be the same.  These components can then be manipulated and adapted, creating new structures within the city.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Continuing the idea of the cells becoming caught within the city, I have created 3 images to outline the general scenarios of the cells within their new positions, and the implications that they might have, in terms of the surrounding environment and their new programme.


Here are some sheets that analyse the film made for Project 2.2, which I presented in December.  The diagram at the top is a chronogram, trying to incorporate time and sound whilst the other sheets analyse the camera movement within each scene.


I have created some chronograms for previous films that were made last term after realising that apart from the film themselves, I hadn't actually documented them for the portfolio...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I have created some images of the cells 'stuck' within the city. Some are more successful than others, but in creating these images I've realised that each cell, depending on where and how they land, will all have a different affect on their new surroundings and also the programme that they will hold. Some may land in open spaces where they can become independent structures, whilst others may collide with existing buildings, possibly damaging them, and so their new programme has to take into consideration the surrounding programmes.  Depending on where they land within the city, one may become a homeless person's shelter whilst another may become a state of the art gallery. The location of the cells within the city is integral to their success.