ArD5 – 2 Final Sheet

The site is situated in the Gun Quarter area of Birmingham. This area has lost many of its gun manufacturers and has since fallen into disrepair. The site is regularily used by youths to drink and has a high crime rate.

The John Madin Collection archive therefore is at a prominent point in the area and drive on the further redevelopment of the area whilst maintaining the legacy of the area.

The context of the area is largely brick constructed industrial buildings with a variety of roof styles and sizes coming together to effectively appear as one mass. There are a number of white rendered 70’s modern buildings that appear in a state of disrepair. A modern building is located adjacent to the site.

The Birmingham to Fazeley Canal was an important link to the West Midlands feeding the factories of Birmingham, this is now being used mostly for tourism and has been replaced with a road links. The contrasts of scale between the two could be utlised in the building.

The archive was designed using the design concept (see site analysis sheet.) The building has a central atrium that separates the public galleries and private spaces into two unique identities.

The ceilings in the public spaces are large and open, whereas in the private spaces the ceiling drops down to 3m. This makes these spaces more intimate.

The mass of the building stays low to match the adjoining buildings.

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Year 2 – Landscape

Year 2 – First project – A landscape on a future cultural site for Birmingham.

The project took inspiration from Wassily Kandinsky Composition VI painting to create a central focus (Steven Holl Knut Hamsun Centre.) The landscape aims to shift focus and provide centres of high and low intensity. It links to the outside of the site with the new Library, BT tower and NIA.

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First Weeks in Architecture

Finished my first piece of architecture work woop. We had to create an A2 poster showing our understanding of The Collection by Siobhan Davis – I have to confess that I did not enjoy the dance but I generally do not understand modern art. I managed to achieve the second part to notate the dance which did not have the outcome I wanted but it was hard to notate such a fast moving dance easier.

It shall be reviewed tommorow and I shall tell you the feedback, I shall also release a few of the elements for you to view.

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First Day at Uni

My first day at uni was rather eventful. Was terribly and unctrollably ill on the train to uni to such an extent tha I had to purchase some new aftershave that was no really factored into my budget. When we got to the campus we were put onto a walk to the other side of birmingham to digbeth which was fun. Where we learned that most of our lectures will happen at this place while the uni was sorted, which is always fun. Then walked all the way to sign my life away with enrollment so my uni journey has started.

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On the Road to Architecture Part 4

I do believe it is about time for me to update you lovely people about my journey to university and my chosen subject to read of Architecture. At the last contact I had been made an offer by both BIAD and Oxford Brookes for architecture courses and I was thinking about the technology that I needed to acquire to do this course.

On the offer front I have made BIAD my first choice for architecture on my UCAS form, this is mainly because I feel as a university it has a much better feel that at Oxford. Even though Oxford is a nicer area for my studies I believe it has to be Birmingham all the way.  Some people may be confused by this decision over a ‘higher’ placed university, but that university did not fit me and it also did not fit my ethos of an environment that should make you happy the second you walk in, much as what Birmingham provided me.

In terms of technology, I do believe I will be purchasing a Macbook Pro sometime soon as at the moment they are running a free iPod Touch offer and printer rebate. That all sounds lovely and inviting for me. I may in the future by an iPhone but it depends on my financial situation.

Talking about finanaces I have a good solid chunk of money coming my way, courtesy of the student finance people. As I am not staying in Birmingham this should tide me over nicely.

My next update should be after my A level results.

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Tecnology Decisions

Although I should be thinking about exams, I am more interested in the various pieces of technology that I wish to acquire before I go off to university for architecture, providing I meet the grades.

The decision of a main laptop is a hard one, I want an Apple Macbook but I cannot justify the £1000 price tag plus all the extra stuff you need to ensure it is secure for the first 3 years. So the decision mainly comes crumbling down to a Dell but I have been so frustrated by their machines I may just have to splash the cash on such a device.

Now because going to Birmingham and back with a Apple is going to be some slog even though they are not heavy, I think a netbook may be in order. It can do all the writing capabilities of the Mac but will weigh so much less. This will be good for days where pure theory lectures are happening and when I don’t need to be creative. There is that option or I could purchase an iPhone although I would loose the word processing functionality it would still allow me to be in contact where ever I am and on the move.

The decisions of these products are going to be expensive but hopefully I can work it out after my exams. My iPhone decision may become answered when the 3rd gen of it is announced next month.

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