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PORTFOLIO Dylan Price M.Arch | 2010-2015


NAMIB DESERT BEETLE RECREATING THE FORM


COMPARATIVE BOARD The Namib Desert Beetle collects water on its back, which is drained to its mouth using gravity.

Both overall topography and microscopic texture are important in controlling the water.

Water droplets form on the hydrophillic peaks, until they grow large enough to fall into the hydrophobic trough and drain efficiently. Hydrophobic trough

Hydrophillic peak

By manipulating topography and material properties, i can control vegetation types, which provides an opportunity to produce a more diverse ecology of ora.

ORIGINAL SITE

Here, different thicknesses of substrate correspond to topography to control water retention and therefore vegetation type.

MASSING

SITE

Dry/hay meadow Wet meadow Wetland/Mire (thin substrate) (medium substrate) (thick substrate)

HEIGHTS


MASSING IN CONTEXT


GROUND FLOOR

1:200


NORTH ELEVATION


WEST ELEVATION


UNIT TYPES

2x1

1x2

1x3

2x2


TYPICAL FLOOR LAYOUT

UNIT PLANS

FIRST FLOOR

GROUND FLOOR


RHYLL MAPPING NON PLACE


N O N - P L A C E

Zooming out Te m p o r a r y

UNINHABITED BUILDINGS B E A C H F R O N T A N D WA L K WAY

Built or unbuilt

F O R G O T T E N S PA C E

In between spaces

URBAN CORRIDORS


M A P P I N G

N O N - P L A C E

UNINHABITED BUILDINGS B E A C H F R O N T A N D WA L K WAY F O R G O T T E N S PA C E URBAN CORRIDORS “We use this route to get from home to the cinema... they should just rip it all up, back to how it used to be - just flatten it all down...”

“The huts were knocked down, now its just a fake landscape - modernisation for the worse. I walk my dog here every day in the summer, and not at all in the winter, it’s too windy. ASBOs cause limitation after nine.” “We’re set up here to avoid the police, so that the homeless don’t have to worry... opposite is the only homeless shelter in Rhyl. There’s only eight beds they have to kick you out after five days...”

“its all just druggies over here... people come up from Manchester, Brum and stoke to deal... All the Rhyl people live in the hills.”

‘’Adults can go to the pub in their spare time, but where can the children go?”

“Business is quite good... It is quite boring here.”

“The first thing you see when you enter Rhyl is two abandoned buildings. Apparently, one is being demolished in a week, and its a grade two listed building.”

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