De-Scaling the City

We all occupy the places of people who have gone before us; those never known, forgotten or half remembered. Today’s fast and instant culture often ignores and forgets this. However historic architecture and ruins are a way of remembering and honouring what went before.

This thesis seeks to find an appropriate architecture with which to build onto an historic fabric, not to remake or replicate what once was but to continue the narrative, adding the next layer. It is an investigation into the unfinished; how can we make architecture intended not to exist in a final state from completion but one that is added to and adapted to the ebbs and f lows of inhabitants over time, with each addition adding layers and scars of its previous life.