Towards a Productive Excess © Rory More

Towards a Productive Excess

Rory More

Mackintosh School of Architecture

Project Description

The Thesis is intended to expose the role of architecture in redefining the relationship between energy, nature and the city. Today buildings account for some 40% of global energy use. But architecture may become a force towards a productive, rather than destructive excess of energy. An opportunity arises to reinstate the civic presence of energy by creating urban conditions where this is expressed.

Lake Zurich has been identified as a testing site in which to propose a new architectural and landscape intervention. The programme combines two distinct aspects of the city, energy infrastructure and recreation, creating a new paradigm for urban space: Architecture becomes a medium, expressing a relationship between natural sources, energy production and energy consumption in the city, at both a landscape and building scale.