Archive for September, 2011

Lancaster Canal: Green Networks

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

An entry for the Intergrated Habitats Design Competition (IHDC) 2011. The scheme proposes converting a narrow boat repair yard in Lancaster, Northwest England. This would help to reconcile the past and present uses of the Lancaster Canal, whilst considering its position on the National Cycle Network. A new museum of history and ecology recognises the canal’s special status as a Biological Heritage Site. Examples of native plants, animals and marine life will be displayed, alongside ways to increase sustainability and protection. The museum envisages tourist use of the canal will increase significantly if the Northern Reaches to Kendal are reinstated.

Lancaster has an extensive cycle network, including the canal towpaths. As part of the Cycling Demonstration Town initiative, the competition entry proposes building a showroom to sell, hire and repair bikes. This valuable service would let tourists explore the wider countryside. University students, living in the nearby halls of residence, could have access to help and advice about maintaining their cycles. The project would form a blueprint for unoccupied British Waterway sites along the canal, creating a green network of ecology, tourism and cycling.

Nb: The fourth sheet is a composite of A4 pages

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A Place of My Own

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

‘A Place of My Own’ is the result of two years’ academic study at the University of Edinburgh. The short book displays work produced in architectural design, technology and history, with examples of projects and concise essays. I found it rewarding to review work from the start of my course and notice the improvement in standard.

My design projects include a renga platform, artisan dwelling, museum of product design, and a dance centre. Essays cover fascist architecture, the Ancien Regime and the Papacy. Finally, technology examines sustainability and building tectonics, with case studies on Waterloo International Terminal and 14a Garway Road, Bayswater.