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Amanda Sexton

MA work

Subtraction

'Architects, Demolish! The Dual Nature of Creation and Destruction...Architecture comes and goes, who shall be the inflictor? Who shall be entitled to swing the wrecking ball?'

– Thomas AP Van Leeuwen

Building demolition is a major lucrative global enterprise, a source of employment and a political instrument. This project poses the question: can demolition become a mode of architectural production and what is the design protocol that enables demolition as a space-making tool? Can a demolition economy in which buildings are simultaneously cultivated and harvested or built and unbuilt subvert existing economies by altering the long-standing cultural habit of regarding buildings as financial instruments?

The thesis is tested on the contested site of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre; currently under demolition to make way for 7,500 luxury homes. In response to mounting opposition to the scheme, the developer contract a specialist architect who combine outlandish demolition practices with meanwhile use. The local community is invited to collaborate by enacting Nietzsche’s theory of 'active forgetting' as a means to ease the loss of a loved icon and familiar territory. By reinventing interim use as integral to the demolition programme, can its power to subvert the plans of the developer be renewed?

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2015

    Specialism

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