3. DIRECTIVES Strategically, this proposal borrows from Stewart Brand's conception of the Six S's in attempting to make coherent the adaptations that are to take place over the course of the journey. The Six S's describe the relative permanence of any building's pieces, from most to least permanent: Site; structure; skin; services; space planning; and stuff. While the proposed site in this thesis is not a site in the traditional sense, it is where the narrative takes place and is thus fixed. The other components of the airplane will be used to accomplish the task as necessary, from the fuselage formers to the aluminum skin, with a finite kit of other parts scavenged before and during the trip. The specific subArctic condition is the key to situating this project; a never-finished condition of hybridity between the standardized (ie placeless) architectural systems of the south and the traditional ad hoc (and location-specific) construction of the north.
Top: Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen walked 90 days on foot in their attempt to reach the Pole in 1895. Photo courtesy National Geographic.
Bottom: Thomas Ulrich and Borje Ousland retrace the same trek to the Pole in 2007. Photo courtesy National Geographic.
Published on May 16, 2011