THE RESURRECTION OF MONOLITHIC ROCKS.
‘When it comes, the culture of the Now will not oppose the present world as an invading army opposes its enemy, but rather as a new day overtakes the old – in the natural course of things, when the old world is tired and asleep and dreaming of this dawn.’ • Lebbeus Woods
Departing from the study of the four elements – fire, water, earth and air – this year’s work incorporated the context of Cambodia and Lebbeus Woods’ concept of the Four Cities, asking students to develop their own imaginary ‘what-if-worlds’. From making interactive prototypes that considered how new networks of living and working could be organised, to writing fictions based on social practices and local rituals, the final project included experiments on more physical prototypes and drawings as renderings.
Analysing first the idea of time based architecture in terms of a fictional city of fire (inspired by Lebbeus Woods' City Of Fire) and then taking that on to the context of Cambodia where I compared the ancient temples of Angkor Wat to its nearby city of Siem Reap. Looking at the stones Angkor Wat was built with as keepers of time and recorders of experience and memory. Finally creating a series of spaces that represents Angkor Wat in Siem Reap through the modern day perception allowing the user to create a special connection with the ancient rock, finding a new form of restoration in that it is restored to its significant glory.