Sunday, 10 May 2009


(pix: Raymann Lucas)

Degree Studio 3: We shall continue with last Thursday's conceptual model inserts for theoretical engagement with the Malacca Wall.

5 of you were absent last Thursday for various reasons, and therefore didn't gain anything from the session. Those present were only able to begin to understand the object of the exercise, and that was nice to see.

Veron and my original requirements remain: Produce at least 2 models for the excercise. If you did 2 last Thursday then you are exempted. (But of course you are encouraged to do a few more if you want to test your theoretical premises with the class.)

(This is in addition to finishing the model wall and producing the shecdule of accommodation for your building, etc. announced last Thursday.)

It is crucial that we encounter theoretical premises at the start so that the design process can be intelligent (instead of superficial) leading to strong outcomes.

The first question raises the issue of how the complexity of history and of historical memory can be expressed in architecture. Because restoration deals with history in architectural terms, it tends, pragmatically, not simply to freeze the past as it may have existed at a given moment. Instead, restoration increasingly responds to the needs of present-day groups and individuals, who often use historic buildings for new purposes. By accommodating historical meaning and contemporary needs, a building retains social meaning rather than becoming simply an object of tourism.
(Extract from 2004 Report of the Master Jury, Aga Khan Award for Architecture. retrieved 2009-05-11)

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