Material Explorations and Material Tectonics Chile’s Atacama Dessert and Edinburgh City © Naomi Rubbra

Material Explorations and Material Tectonics Chile’s Atacama Dessert and Edinburgh City

Naomi Rubbra

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Project Description

Material Explorations and Material Tectonics both look at processes of the everyday. Sited in contrasting territories, Chile’s Atacama Dessert and Edinburgh City respectively, the work documents an architectural design process from form-finding experimentation to the evolution of a specific tectonic proposition.

Explorations developed a familiarity to form-finding via the study of suspended models under gravitational pull. A ‘material response’ came in the form of a found artefact, later developing into a narrative of a dessert landscape; architectures surrounding food, such as the grain store, took on a consecrated meaning for the community. Rituals of the modern community take many forms and Tectonics was an opportunity to test responses through the development of diverse and affordable urban housing. The proposal uses civic facilities as incubators of local investment whilst the development of low-cost living encourages ownership sensibility. Throughout, communal areas are maximised to harness shared responsibility and dialogue.

Winner: A&DS Sustainable Design Award

Great adaptation, creative and socially engaged with a sustainable palette, reusing existing fabric.
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