Ecole Speciale d'Architecture
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Fall semester 2008 : The LONDON PROGRAMME

Paris and London are nowadays so close and similar in certain fundamental ways (size and national role) but quite different in attitude and habit. The River Seine has a very different dimension to the Thames and the role played by ‘locality’ is more ambiguous and complex in London. The architectural community in London is more international and the student there tends to respond to a wider set of parameters and design more thoroughly - and this is what we want you to do in our Studio. We hope also that the drawings of Lim and Woods can act as an inspiration.
The medieval London Bridge carried houses on it and in 1996 the Royal Academy held the exhibition ‘Living Bridges’ in which many projects from known architects, including Zaha Hadid and Future Systems, were shown. The subject offers scope for the exploration of dynamics, structures, form and a way of re-thinking the city.

Friday, 26 September 2008

What i am trying to seek with these images is an awareness of the problems and issues asociated to the Thames sewage and litter problem.
Public naivity over environmental issues right infront of their nose is a big problem in most countries around the world, even though many environmental teams exist to consistently attempt to confront the problem. The river Thames once was one of the cleanest rivers in the world, however the disregard to littering has lead to a river full of floating plastic. The extent of this has even lead to the opening of a mudlark collection in the London museum full of interesting finds in the river. Now there is concern over discharges into the river of untreated sewage which is another blow to the public perception that the Thames is cleaner than it has been for centuries.
Solutions to overcome this problem have been radical, from an artist protesting by throwing litter into the river, to the creation of cages called passive debris collectors that while bob down the river publicly express the fact that they "eat the rubbish", to the proposal of a 2 billion pound SUPER SEWER to clean up the thames and prevent overflowing at the upcoming olympics.

Does it take someone to use the media while publicly LITTERING for people actually to cause a fuss over polluting the thames??
Does it take something like the Olympics to confront the fact that the Thames is full of sewage??
Architecture is not always only about building. It can be a solution to an environmental problem, and it can also be a form of raising public awareness.

Can architecture aide in this help to clean up the thames??? Can a permanent bridge over the thames be a media billboard of warning and information.

1 comment:

Atelier Peter Cook / Caroline Rabourdin said...

If a bridge can be a billboard, can it also be a display of litter/machine for ‘eating’litter/centre for rationalizing the components of litter/ a recycling plant/ a recycling demonstration icon of some sort ??? As well as a briodge. Or maybe the concept of ‘bridge’ becomes totally changed.