Ghostwriting the Fun Palace / Re-Constructing Blackness: A New Urban Code © Euan Russell

Ghostwriting the Fun Palace / Re-Constructing Blackness: A New Urban Code

Euan Russell

University of Dundee

Project Description

Project One
'Ghostwriting the Fun Palace'

A systematic construction process attempts to re-read Cedric Price's 1961 Fun Palace project as a demountable structure using readily available structural components, exploring his ideology of social enabling.

This re-evaluates the empowerment of the individual in constructing their environment, in a critique of his optimistic vision within a 21st century context; dealing with the increasing commodification of public space.

Project Two
'Re-Constructing Blackness: A New Urban Code'

By 2050, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. This project explores the idea of a move away from careless outward expansion, and towards a specific integration of new development within cities.

If today’s approach to development is one of ‘form follows profit’ that reneged on it’s relationship with the city, then a paradigm shift must occur. A series of new Urban Codes claims the necessity to create a new strategic approach to accommodating the flux of the contemporary city, at the micro scale of the post-industrial enclave of Blackness in Dundee, Scotland.