2. DESCRIPTION they're made, the handyman's constructions are likely to be cobbled together. While these works are created piece-meal and thus lack the formal clarity of an architecture conceived as a whole, they can also be easily adapted to address sudden change because they are without pretence and are unlikely to be treated delicately.
Entropy Concepts of monumentality and permanence are inextricably associated with architecture, yet those which resist adaptation risk being demolished or abandoned. The reality, at odds with the idea of a static, permanent building, is that architects cannot fully anticipate a building's future function. Architects are not in the business of imagining the subtle but complex changes taking place over the longer term. To its users, a building's age can be a blessing and a curse, as the process of ageing can be linked to interactions within the building's ecosystem. For a building in the sub-Arctic context of Churchill, Manitoba, this means being particularly sensitive to the temporal scale of day-to-day human activity, as well as to the surrounding site including its geology, permafrost, proximity to saltwater, wind, relationship and proximity to flora and fauna.
Miss Piggy. Churchill, MB.
Miss Piggy The physical starting point of this project is the crash site of a Curtiss C-46 cargo airplane, located 2/3 of a mile from the Churchill Airfield. Nicknamed Miss Piggy because according to local legend it once hauled a load of pigs, the aircraft has been resting at its current location since November 1979. While none of the three crew on board were killed, the cargo load of a snowmobile and several cases of soda never made it to their apparent destination at Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, some 550 kilometers north. According to the Flight Safety Foundation, no official record exists of Miss Piggy's load or destination on that fateful day. The starting point of a quasi-mythological narrative thrusts this proposition and its architecture forward.
Published on May 16, 2011