We did not care about where our energy came from until it stopped. The result: an energy revolution that transformed the UK.
Having failed to properly invest in renewable energy infrastructure, the government introduced the Weekly Household Energy Allowance (WHEA) in an attempt to ration the resources that remained. The only way to maintain the energy-rich lifestyles to which we had all become accustomed was to generate personal energy from renewable sources. This resulted in a migration of people, homes, businesses and industry towards areas with more favourable conditions for the generation of renewable energy – Hastings for sunshine, Northumberland for wind and coastal areas for tidal.
As energy production became central to everyday life, new communities formed, bought together by a shared understanding of where their energy had come from. To capitalise on these conditions, the Big 6 energy companies (British Gas, Npower, E.ON, EDF, SSE and Scottish Power) team up with the six largest house builders (Barratt, Bellway, Berkeley, Persimmon, Redrow and Taylor Wimpey) to create new developments centred around renewable energy infrastructure.
These new energy communities saw the birth of local cultures based around the resources on which they depended. May Day and the Summer Solstice became the most important holidays within the Solar Settlements of the southeast, celebrating the extended hours of solar energy production, while the daily routine of the Tidal Towns are governed by the position of the moon as it exerts its influence over the tides.
Within this scenario, this thesis project focuses on London, imagining the development of Thamespool - a tidal lagoon created in the Thames Estuary between Dartford and Rainham.
School of Architecture
MA Architecture, 2014
Throughout my time at the RCA I have examined the role of world-building in architecture. The creation of worlds is similar to the creation of a scientific model or experiment. Used to explore a certain hypothesis or existing condition, the world is built to a set of parameters that define a question; once complete the creator is free to examine the results. Through research drawings, and the creation of ‘souvenirs’, I have been creating worlds which examine conditions of the existing one. It is through imagining new worlds that the actual world is changed.
- BArch (Hons), Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, 2011
- Part 1 Architect, St. Ann's Gate Architects, Salisbury, 2011–12
- Prize for Environmental Design, Oxford Brookes University, 2010
- Blue Print Magazine (Digital), Best Student Projects in Britain, 2010; Ned Drury, On Other Worlds, 2013