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An Architecture of Fragility

These proposal seeks an architecture that is “able to capture all of the positive qualities associated with the temporary, the impermanent, the imperfect, the irregular, the perishable.” An architecture that is “fleeting yet potent, conditioned by aesthetic values that favour its necessary transitoriness.”

Chaplin, S. in “Makeshift: Some reflections on Japanese Design Sensibility"

The Westminster campus is degrading. It is deteriorating, it is decaying. The robust materials of which it is constructed are disintegrating, crumbling. The building will not last forever. In fact, the building barely lasted 40 years before being extensively remodelled, and reinvigorated.

This project imagines an even more fragile architecture, and explores the qualities associated with this. By exploring fragile materials, and fragile buildings, we can make an architecture that responds better to its environment, informed by the way its appearance and form will change.

James Kirk Architecture
© James Kirk 2010-2016
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