Between the Map and the Territory / A Machine for Cremating the City © Adam Williams

Between the Map and the Territory / A Machine for Cremating the City

Adam Williams

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Project Description

Between the Map and the Territory : Orkney’s Marine Navigational Infrastructure

This project imagines an Orcadian archipelago situated internationally through the introduction of a transhipment hub. It proposes an architecture that, through a key intervention within the semiotic landscape of the water’s navigational infrastructure, seeks to mediate the contested waters of Scapa Flow.

A Machine for Cremating the City: Tokyo’s Disaster Debris Management Infrastructure.

This work proposes a debris management infrastructure for a post-earthquake that aims to ritualise the phenomena of an industrial process through the metaphor of the funeral of the city.

Both schemes address the value of the architect within an engineering programme: In Orkney the intervention acknowledges the experiential dimension of the infrastructure through the viewpoint of its various users and how they sense the world. In Tokyo parallels are drawn between Japanese funeral rites and waste-management procedures from the city’s destruction: its ‘death’ through to incineration; its ‘cremation’ in order to highlight the potent emotional value of the material being dealt with and bring dignity to the operation.