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Welcome to Midge Hole Mill! May 12, 2014

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Welcome to the showcase for the Midge Hole Mill project.

Working for a live client and on complex and isolated terrain, Masters in Architecture students at UCLan have pioneered the values of the Living Building Challenge. With support & guidance from Living Futures ambassadors led by Martin Brown, students have  interrogated the future of domestic living in an architecture that seeks to go beyond current sustainable thinking, creating innovative design solutions whilst embracing the rigorous LBC standards.

Below are samples of each student’s work.  We’d love to hear your feedback.  Leave a comment here or chat to us live online at the Construction21 EXPO (14/15 May 2014).  You’ll find us in the Living Building Challenge booth.

 

WINNER:  Josh Allington

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RUNNER UP:  Emma McQuillan

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Laura Birkett

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Rebecca Lovell

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Chris Thomas

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Leo Tindell

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Please click here to read about the project’s conception and here to read a previous post recording work in progress.

If you would like to find out more about the projects or the Masters in Architecture at UCLan, email me at jebarrett@uclan.ac.uk

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Viral Crochet May 18, 2012

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Meme?

So what is this meme business?

I’m not trying to patronise, just attempting to kick start my brain out of it’s maternity leave mush. Consider this post as a bit of revision.  So, we get the basic definition of a meme……why, thank you, Mr. Dawkins (The Selfish Gene)………building on William S. Burroughs “language is a virus“………as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices.  Memes behave in a similar way to genetic material, through processes of replication, variation and selection in reponse to pressures exerted by the cultural environment.

However, consider architecture as a whole frenzy of memetic material vying for supremacy.

We might even consider the city as a giant memeplex (meme complex – groups of memes).  Apparently, it’s where ideas have sex……really?!? (See thisbigcity.net).

Ask a child to draw a house.

Inevitably, they will draw a square, topped with a triangle. Maybe a rectangle chimney with spiralling smoke, even if they have a gas fire.  3 square windows and a rectangle door completes the image.  We bring these to our creation of and understanding of architecture.  Our minds are fuelled by more memes as we grow and are exposed to music, social networks, conversation, imagery and the grandaddy of all meme conduits – the tv.  Oh and I forgot books – do people even still, like, read them?

The building and the city embodies these memes that flow, grow and become extinct without us even being aware of them. Perhaps, if we were aware of them, they’d be called ideas.  Perhaps, if they changed the world, they’d be called culture.

The building is the physical manifestation of the Meme Cloud.

So, our revision complete, we can reiterate the focus of the Meme Cloud blog.  I want to conciously express the unconcious memes and ideas, that may not traditionally be thought of as relevant to architectural or urban theory, but nevertheless shape or thoughts on how architecture should be created or appreciated.  We will not be discussing the relative merits of the Doric vs. Ionic column, but perhaps there will be some mention of viruses and crochet.

Comment and offer memetic material