My final work questions how city infrastructures can be implemented in a way that reconsiders the systems which are currently in place. At a time where convenience and efficiency are prioritised within most areas of our daily lives, objects, items and materials around us have lost their value. Mass-production and on-going cycles of consumption dominate modern society. A notion of value must be re-instated if we are to continue with a sustainable future and thus, we must reconsider the way we use, consume and discard things, and the processes that currently underline how we function on a day-to-day basis.
Architecture and the building industry play a huge part in waste production, which is exponentially increasing on an unsustainable trajectory. The Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs posted a release in March 2020 of UK Statistics on Waste, stating that in 2016 construction, demolition and excavation generated around 62% of total waste in the UK, and that this had increased by 4.5% from 2014. The Processing Centre aims to help combat this by challenging the functions of the current building construction industry by proposing an alternative strategy to the way that we process and deal with our building materials. Its architecture combines the arrangement of material flows and outputs that can be part of a wider
Situated at the site of the former Craigleith Quarry, the location of Pan(el)demonium! presents a series of urban complexities. The site holds a rich material and social history, being the most important sandstone quarry in Edinburgh’s history; this creates an interesting juxtaposition with its current function as Craigleith Retail Park, home to fast-food chains, retail outlets and asphalt car parks. This project considers the past and present of the Retail Park, and questions what it may become within the future city of Edinburgh.