This weekend I travelled to the seaside town of Margate, Kent to visit the Turner Contemporary art gallery designed by David Chipperfield. The gallery opened in 2011 and has been criticised for being “alien, brutal and bleak.” The building cost £17.5m, and was it was hoped that it would aid the regeneration of the town.
At the start of each year of study we are asked to set out our academic intent for the year ahead:
During my first year of study, my methodology is to challenge the concepts of ‘time’ and ‘place’ from the perspective of Architecture.
Everybody experiences architecture, be it consciously or sub-consciously, however those experiences can vary greatly with both ‘time’ and ‘place’. I aim to explore and interrogate the role of ‘affordance’ through Architecture.
This methodology originates from a deep personal interest in a range of current architectural issues, including my view of how architecture is ‘consumed’ in today’s society. A prime example of our modern-day consumption of architecture includes the concept of ‘background architecture’.
Additionally, there exists in cities around the world redundant and abandoned places and architecture; their affordances may have evolved from the positive to the negative. With the concept of time and place at the forefront of my studies, I aim to unpick the role of architecture today. Buildings were once built to survive for a millennium and I am eager to explore whether this notion is relevant in a modern, twenty-first century society.
It is my intention for the methodology above to be the theoretical thread through each of the four components of my first-year studies:
Experiment with the way that Architecture transverse ‘time’ and ‘place’.
Explore the prevalence and dynamism of Architecture throughout history, linking this understanding to the future.
Question the affordance of past, present and future technologies and the impact that they have had/can have on Architecture.
Consider the impact that Architectural Management and Practice have had on Design, Culture and Technology through time, and how this can be explored in the future.