GEORGE BARNES

Regenerative Pressure Points

Embracing our material past to propose an enriching remedy for architectural regeneration.

Regenerative Pressure Points investigates the archaeological concepts of assemblage, sedimentation, temporality and permanence. Ideas and fragments span the tangible and intangible as they coalesce into a patchwork of new and old. This proposal submits an organic alternative to current regenerative practices such as demolition, as material decay and obsolescence is encouraged to induce a continuous building process which adapts to contemporary needs.

The Portland Archives at Durdle Pier is a repository for the vast swathes of cultural history belonging to Portland. Not only does the building house some of the Island’s most cherished artefacts, but it pursues to nourish the intangible heritage of Portland by providing spaces for the vanishing fictions and folklore. These performances and interactions are nurtured in spaces composed of fragments of historic Portland architectures from around the British Isles. These preserved fragments are juxtaposed alongside newer iterations from architects who seek to contribute to the story of this famous Island. Fragments of both new and old are cradled by a structural system anchored into the bedrock.

The Dig

Preloaded with curiosities intended to initiate an associative method of discovery the excavator is governed by the desire to find permanence. Through intuitive excavation, this staged archaeological dig provokes the discovery of spatial possibility.

Subtractive Methods of Construction

The development of this tool allowed stone dust to be carefully compressed around fragments. Using the lathe for the steel handle and a CNC router for the fungible footing, the tamper epitomises the concept of subtractive methods of construction.

A Sedimented Section of Fragmented Association

Composed of archived work produced throughout the year, this section embodies several months of investigation and speculation, and is constructed using various methods of ‘archiving’ such as photography, drawing, painting and modelling.

Epiphytic Growths

As subdermally implanted fragments await their excavation, structural armatures adopt epiphytic growths as absences caused by decayed and now obsolescent fragments implore new iterations to be casted and carved.

The Portland Archives at Durdle Pier 1:50 Sedimented Plan

The plan illustrates the preserved fragments belonging to famous Portland architectures in Great Britain. The Archives sit on a public footpath at Durdle Pier which draws ramblers through the layered history of both the architecture and the island.

george.barnes.20@ucl.ac.uk

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