Project undertaken at the Architectural Association Diploma 11.
Tutor: Shin Egashira
Model photographs by Sasha Savtchenko
This thesis project explores the potential of producing the city with the environment. Deptford’s contaminated soil, excavated prior to extensive development and destined for landfill, is redirected to on-site voids to be biologically remediated. Over 40 years this hidden landscape is revealed for public habitation. Shaped by the creeks environmental processes, these are spaces outside the city where the conventions, norms and determination of city space collapse.
This thesis discusses oppositions. Architecture tends towards the exclusion of the environment: to order the disorder. This project uses the environment to build the city. As such, the project is situated on the limit between ground and water, inside and outside, order and entropy, culture and nature.