Reimagining Ambridge: A Hybrid Future for the English Countryside
The project aims to reimagine disused barns into a network of small interconnected specialised timber workshops for local craftsmen, while reintroducing a level of management of woodland back within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The focus is on the potential of innovation at the level of the individual and feedback loops that then ensue when connected to existing industry. A decentralisation of making to encourage innovation. Not to maintain things as a static productive workforce grounded within the landscape, but instead enables economies to exist and new things to happen.
A collaboration with a local furniture designer throughout the project has begun to enable an alternate role for the architect. And with the aid of digital technology, maintains a level of control at the point of production that places the architect back within the centre of the construction process; seeing drawing as component in the architecture not a mere representation.
School of Architecture
MA Architecture, 2016
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