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The Chemical Project
T.R.C.
Shots of Black
Painting
Paying Attention
Parstylo
Film (soon)




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MOTO MOTO

RED BLANKET

EGGIEWEG

TREES IN LONDON

ANGELS CONFERENCE

THE ROAD TO SAHARA

SHEEEP

EGYPTIAN FRIEZE

JUTEAR LAMP

LLAMA BOWL

GORDON’S CITY

MOTEL MOTEL

UMA

EVOLO2

EVOLO1

SWINGMAN BRIDGE

BRIT HOL HUT

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THINGS I”VE CARRIED ON MY BIKE

SOHO

CARDBOARD CARRIAGE

VICKY FOOTBALL

NEO NOMAD part2

BURGOMASTER FOR MAYOR: PROPOSALS FOR A BETTER HALIFAX

NEO NOMADIC

Mobility and the Architectural Armature
or Why architects need to revisit theoretical designs for a nomadic society to prepare for the future.

Social shifts have paved the way for a neo-nomadic society. Shrinking global boundaries (partly due to transportation progress and developments in electronic communication), flat pack (disposable) furniture, and the simplification of dwellings due to modern architecture (more specifically, the economically driven results of minimalism) have in some ways led to a cheapening of architecture and design partially fueled by architects’ failure to respond. Developments such as computers and minimalism being used by apathetic designers as a crutch and the DIY design revolution, describe a dangerous shift towards lost arts.

Neo-nomads have been loosely described as “people who turn a laptop, a wireless connection and a café into an office and work wherever they happen to be .” To allow for varying levels of the neo-nomad, there needs to be a broader defination that would reflect more of an impact on architecture. This would be the movement that describes less of a bond to architecture, human relationships, religion, careers, traditions and culture. A different level considers those that travel for work as a requirement rather than a choice (the job site moves, the individual is a medium of communication, or the seasons shift i.e. migrant workers). The neo-nomad now moves with slightly larger baggage, but still carries the acquired skills and tools (or weapons) as nomads have historically. It is becoming increasingly more convenient for someone in their 20s + 30s to fit the extent of their cherished belongings into a van, and many I know including myself, have recently proven that this is possible. Levels of the nomad therefore do exist.

Architecture at this level encompasses the static elements (the ‘real urbanism’) while ephemeral elements belong to the nomad. These elements may include the individual, their values and culture, or their relationships and their material goods, for example: personal belongings, a piece or two of furniture, tools, and the disposable items that are globally available and essentially similar (a flat pack table, a mass produced toaster, a toothbrush). The replaceable items become part of the nomad’s existence because of the familiarity. Here the ‘real’ estate is more of an armature than an extension of the individual.

A growing population is starting to move towards an urban/nomadic hybrid and architecture and design can either be reacting to, or driving this development forward. This should be seen as an opportunity to revisit the avant-garde designs of the past, which deal with new social groups and the ‘plug-in’ architecture that facilitates a semi-transient population. Clearly the levels of transience reflect on the architecture. Somewhere between the family home and the pack mule we can begin to create an infrastructure to accommodate the growing strength of the ‘plug-in’ lifestyle.

However, think positively. This should not paint a dystopian picture of overzealous panic, but present a closer look at an exciting opportunity for architectural invention. Think possibilities.

YOLK EYES

TRIO TABLE

TRANSPORT TABLE REFINED

SHITTY CITTY

FOR TWO YEARS, THIS DRAWING EVOLVED ON THE BACK OF A TOILET STALL DOOR. BEST NOT TO THINK TOO HARD ABOUT IT. THE PENS AND SHAPES WERE A RESULT OF WHAT WAS IN THE POCKETS, AND ON THE MIND. IT’S AN EXAMPLE OF A SERIES OF SHORT DRAWINGS OVERTIME TO BECOME ONE SCENE. CLEANERS, SANDING AND ANONYMOUS ARTISTS MADE THECITYEVOLVE UNLIKE ANY OTHER DRAWING.

FOUND OBJECTS TABLE

GLASS FACE

8808 TEA

BIKE RACKS FOR NYC 5

BIKE RACKS FOR NYC 4

BIKE RACKS FOR NYC 3

BIKE RACKS FOR NYC 2

COVENT GARDEN

RUBE

POWER

CRYING LAMP v2

CYBORG

WIRELESS

UP DOWN

TRINITY 2

TOAST-IN-THE-BOX

TRAFALGAR SQUARE

TATE

HOUSE OF THE OPEN

COLUMBIA ROAD

RAIN TYPOLOGY

PINBALL

KAMIL

HAMMER KNIFE

GATE 49

FLYWASH 2

EMPHASISM

ELIXIR

DISPOSABUILD ARCHITECTURE

BEARCOW

SWING

PUNKIN07

PARK HERE

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