Portfolio Year 2
My Second Year at the University of Sheffield has been full of new experiences and challenges that have helped me to advance my skills from the first year. These challenges improved critical thinking and pushed the projects further. The process can be explored through three main design projects that are presented below.
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Please click on the images below or scroll down to view the following projects.
Threshold. Cycle Hub
joint project with Frank Kalume
“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic… taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present… always discovering… always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days… such a day has been today.”
Cycling is a means of transport, but it is much more than that. Cycling offers exercise for both body and mind, and the opportunity to reconnect with the sensory reality of the physical environment. We are no longer passive passengers, merely observing. We are completely in contact with it all, never removed from immediate consciousness. Cycling is both an individual and a collective pursuit.
Our task was to design a small building that is both pit stop and hub as part of a strategy for promoting cycling in Sheffield. The site is located Upper the river Don, Sheffield.
“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
Over the centuries, knowledge and the control of knowledge was often the preserve of the rich and powerful. However, with the invention of the printing press disseminating books to the masses, the democratisation of knowledge began. Another key milestone in this process was the invention of the internet, but in the same way that Victor Hugo thought ‘The book will kill the building’, will the internet kill the library? What is the purpose of the book, and, by extension, the library in the 21st century?
The library was once considered essential to every neighbourhood. Our task was to reinterpret the library for the 21st century. The site is located in Ancoats, Manchester.
My project is a general community library. The main idea was to reinterpret the metaphor of “an endless journey (stairs) of knowledge” in design.
“The notion of dwelling highlights the contrast between house and home. First it does not assume that the physical housing unit defines the experience of home. It connotes a more active and mobile relationship of individuals to the physical, social and psychological spaces around them. It points to a spiritual and symbolic connection between the self and the physical world… [and] emphasizes the necessity for continuing active making of a place for ourselves in time and place. Simultaneously, it points to the way in which our personal and social identities are shaped through the process of dwelling.”
The design of housing, unlike the single house, offers an opportunity to exploit the potential of multiple units; the street. Central to the design and habitation of housing is the realm of ‘the shared’, expressed both physically in party walls, communal space, sustainable strategies, and metaphorically in the expression of common values, be they social, cultural, or issues of lifestyle.
Housing is an essential element of all of our lives. Our task was to explore common experiences of ‘dwelling’ and promote an architectural understanding of inhabited space, to build upon these experiences and venture out into the street.
My personal manifesto for the scheme is a flexible housing. The drive of this project was a housing that can adapt to the changing human needs.