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To begin the new academic year, Newcastle University's School of Architecture dedicates the first week to Charrette Week, a tradition involving all years co-operating to produce a final product within the year's theme. It provides an experience to work alongside students of varying skill levels, enabling us to learn from each other in an immersive, intensive week-long project.
With focus on the architectural Baroque movement our Charrette proposed an exploration into how it could affect the design of wearable pieces. The use of sustainable materials was a priority, as we were encourage to use waste materials found around the university. Our group was interested in the flamboyance and intricacy of Baroque features, and therefore looked to reflect such characteristics in a head-piece and dress. The method of folding was inspired by this, looking to different paper folding styles to produce different appearances and textures. The week was finished with a fashion show, providing the opportunity to showcase all the different groups’ pieces.
"Nu Baroque", Stage 1 Design
Working in close connection with Arduino technology, this Charrette wished to challenge the rising culture of "mass distraction" to create adaptive and flexible spaces in the form of a 'parasitical sub-architecture' installation. The idea of the "new" and unpredictability of space occupation and function was a theme we hoped to enforce into the installation: claustrophobia, unease and distortion were key concepts for its design.
"Charged Spaces", Stage 3 Design
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