MArch I

Using the I Ching - an ancient book of Eastern mythology - the scheme was developed by chance. The studio brief is to loose oneself, to work without bias, taste and preconception to recognise qualities in conditions as they arise and work with them. To utilise the book’s philosophical wisdom and numerical logic to design with the throw of a dice.

Of Yin and Yang, this year subverts an architectural narrative.


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Lighting Condition 2

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Entrance - Group III

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With animosity

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Rule 7/10 became a symbol for cultural clash and form of psychosis that was evident throughout this scheme as a self referential dialogue.

Section B - Group III

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Why so much hand drawing? - Raising a child and support a wife on a student loan in Central London is no easy feat, therefore only free materials and processes were used (with the exception of final submissions where limited large format printing was permissible). This is a very real and deliberate exercise in resourcing, enabling study and studying production on a stifling budget, a study of architecture.

Roof plan - Group III

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Like all things in this scheme, materiality of drawings is defined by chance.

Lighting condition 1

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Other elements were developed by chance, such as this lighting condition. It is created by reflecting sunlight off a red earth floor and having a small strip of direct light through a high level opening. Discovered at the Place El Badii Catacombes - 15th December 2013, 12:30.


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Post drop, redundant components are reconfigured to create a given program, here, for group III, that program is ‘home’.

Components and testing

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Developed components and systems were rigorously tested. Again defined by chance, the entire composition is to be dropped from the air as if thrown like cosmic dice.

Parametric Axonometric

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Using parametric modelling, the 59 forms are created using developed components. 4 groups of forms are defined, all to be dropped from the air at the insistence of the I Ching, as if thrown like giant dice.

Click here to view the ‘Digital communications report’ - a foray into parametric design.

Developed components

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Eventually components are developed into a comprehensive technical strategy.
Image, 1:2 Materials Model - Low tech, and easily replicable in a Medina workshop.

StComposition 88

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Statistical analysis

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As a westerner developing a scheme through randomisation and a dialogue with an ancient Eastern book, all within a Middle eastern context, interesting and always unexpected outcomes occur.

Here the I Ching was asked 100 times whether God exists. for 59 yeses, 59 forms emerge.

Metatron’s cube

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Divine geometries.

Site analysis

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Marrakesh is a city largely defined by Islam in both social and urban context, as site it imbues the scheme with further large scale logics and geometries.

Click here to view our group report for technical analysis of site.

Material components

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A range of material components was also developed along side rules, all derived from the I Ching.

Rule 7/10: ‘Meal with two of your friends, with animosity.’

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Programmatic & cultural values are also defined through this set of rules.

Rule 5/10: ‘Tower’

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Similarly derived as rule 1/10, rule 5/10 defines a structural property, internal skins and habitable planes need not be directly associated with external envelope.

Rule 1/10: ‘Only what you take with you,’

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A set of rules was also extracted from the I Ching through dialogue. Rule 1/10 was defined through direct interpretation of the written 'fortune' element of the I Ching superimposed on a hexagram spatial condition. It was taken to mean that brief and project development must be linear and honest.

Looking for logic

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Random compositions of shapes and specific content.
Randomisation continues until an image feels complete.

Spatial annotation (modeled)

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The I Ching consists of 64 hexagrams and 64 corresponding written ‘fortunes’. The hexagrams can be used a numerical generators, the ‘fortunes’ as more metaphorical genesis.

A number of rules was developed though dialogue with the written elements. One set of these rules allows hexagrams to be converted to spatial conditions.

MArch Y1 - Introduction

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A codifying system developed to allow spatial conditions to be extracted from a dialogue with the I Ching.