Design Research, 2009 .
The ‘Thames Fabrics’ is a design proposal for a canopy structure at a new natural reserve along the Thames river.
Utilizing both an ecological reading of the natural dynamics along the river and a suitable evolutionary design approach; the proposal suggests a temporary human shelter which develops and adjusts in time according to the evolving conditions of the sites’ mudflats and salt-marshes.
Although canopy fabrics are developed by adding one single aggregate at a time, in essence, each aggregate is defined mainly by the interconnection to its neighbors and the ability for local adaptations with the general canopy distribution.
The defined foundation points therefore serve as physical constraints in the articulation of structure ,possible spans and connections.
The multi-scalar design enhances the visitors’ experience of the site; Local changes are made within the shelter fabrics to reflect and enhance the circulation experience with the application of newly devised shading rhythmics and the differentiation of thickness and depth in local shading elements.
Gary Freedman,Shany Barath
in collaboration with Immanuel Koh and Osbert So.
IN THE AADRL/Alisa Andrasek