︎︎︎RUBY LANG

Human activities and the ever-changing forms of energy production have wrought major changes to society and the environment. Historically, architecture is predicated on the notion of away and veiling our coexistence with these systems of energy. This early semester’s work aims to explore this and informed much of the final proposal, under the framework that humans do not actually have a world in the sense of aesthetics. And that under this illusion is where our demise lies.

Understanding the differing scales of energy and and carbon forms was of particular interest, from large scale systems to a GPO as
the epitome of the economic framework we participate in. In it’s original state
and its corrupted state. System network explorations aimes to define how samples of the city are extracted and released back in the form of energy to the city’s inhabitants.

This give and take, a sharing of a kind, provided a commentary that challenges dominant modes of hierarchy in design which was critical in the creation of my proposal when positing architecture’s entanglements with power and politics. This all formed the basis of my framework: the system diagram that explains what is necessary in powering an architectural form that attempts to resist the typological ‘carbon form’ we see throughout history. Through highlighting our connection to politics and the neoliberal marketplace with building classes and their requirements.

It was important to understand how much reliance could be placed on a sludge system to power each bathroom, which equated
to 16 people per day in order to provide the 8kW/day requirement. The sludge energy system scale along with the scale of each building class is informed by each other and the amount of power necessary to be produced. With the calculation described previously of 16 people to power a bathroom, this proposal, relies on the 21 bathrooms that are shared by 2 or more building classes to manage the system and produce enough energy.

Each building class is interpreted in a unique way, class 1 being a caretaker’s residence, class 2 apartments, class 3 a hostel or place to stay for the public who come to view the building’s system, class 4 overlapping with class 1 – the caretakers residence. Class 5 an office for AEMO market regulation, class 6 whilst being retail is a trading floor for AEMO as it sells excess electricity produced by the sludge system back to the grid, and providing live updates and prices on billboards. Class 7 a carpark for public visitors, class 8 the system infrastructure, class 9 a public playground from outdated and re-purposed system infrastructure, and class 10 being the anaerobic digester whose perimeter is a tangent around the existing post & beam office structure.

Each building within the overall building overlaps and collides with each other,
with shifting axes to create disruptions in efficiences and discomfort. Where these intersections occur, is either where a shared amenities or toilet is placed, or where parts of the system infrastructure sit within. This attempts to admit to our coexistence with our own dark ecological reality by critiquing what it is we prioritise or give space to.