︎︎︎HARRISON SMART


Struck by the picture of individuality submerged in the collective life, devoted to production and conception. This revealing representation of modern society, in which economic concerns have come to dominate politics and shape the
built environment has resulted in a gap between power and responsbility. As architecture is inherently made by energy, my project serves as a reminder of our capacity for action and an attempt to think what it is we are doing and our responsibility as we project forward towards the next stage of the fourth industrial revolution.

My project attempts to shift our perception of energy production by considering our interaction and influence It is crammed with distinctions between individual and the collective, between authorship and autonomy. It explores the exchange of knowledge through the intersection of energy production and distribution, using this as a catalyst to propose an office type not driven purely by a commercial system of trade and commerce but through occupation and experience of the thing in itself posing the ultimate question of… What comes next?

Simply put, how can we redefine architecture by giving the users collective autonomy through the power of post carbon energy. It critiques the present reality of exponential growth within the city as a function of power by addressing the agency of the user as both the actor and the audience - through their occupation, transfer and reoccupation within. It is a project that facilitates performance and performs itself, quite literally expressed in its formation, sequence and design. It dissolves the typical business model and market forces by socialising knowledge and achieving autonmy through the intersection of post carbon energy and architecture.

The project energy system is seen as a field of objects expanded from the site of the Corkman pub as a post carbon precinct. The input for the energy system is dispersed throughout the precinct and fuelled by chance disposals from users. This waste is transferred through the hyper object to the origin of cormkan pub where the anaerobic digester tanks are sited. As biogas is produced the green balloons slowly expand signifying the production of energy and as a result the commencement of an event at the location of the signifier. The resultant occupation creates additional input for the energy system and further compounds the process.

Over time the precincts occupation is sufficient to power the construction of the office tower. Following each event within the precinct a transfer occurs, the event moves up into the building for an extended life. The user who sees themselves as an audience participant is unknowingly also the actor, defining a new form of collective authorship contrary to the status quo. It is through this process we experience uncanny moments of the transformation of light, reflection and distortion. Our relationship with the system the unknowable becomes known through these moments of disjuncture.
The buildings core is designed to act as host for the future programs to be added over time, It is the only fixed element in a dynamic building. As events are transferred from the precinct into the building strange new program adjacencies between education, leisure, work, system, and circulation occur.

The system nests within the buildings footprint adjacent to Leicester place, it acts as a civic gesture and signifier to the post carbon precinct
The buildings facade is episodic. A gradient of resolution is evident moving vertically up the building as more power becomes available with the occupation over time. An index to the price of construction and the sites occupational history is embedded within the architecture. From within movement of shadows across the facade are framed against the gentle rotation of the cranes activity above.

From the making of the rooms emerges the moments of their charged connection to adjacent programs. These spatial fragments in the form of portals mark places in which we are momentarily checked before moving into another space entirely. These act as spatial, material and physical demarcations, between office and system, circulation and leisure.

This project can be described by causing effect and creating change rather than its program. It attempts to redefine architectures role by giving the users collective autonomy through the power of post carbon energy. Its a response to capitalism and the impact privatisation and exponential growth is having on the city fabric and the environment. As buildings are demolished for something new and left dormant in the hope that the future will somehow resemble the past. This project implicates the user into action through new forms of ownership challenging the current market forces that are deteriorating the city fabric with their outdated development models .

Over time the project reshapes the economy and the built enironment around new values and behaviours, and addresses the ultimate price: the potential devastation of the planet by carbon energy.