Looking at transdisciplinary knowledge through the projection of a Spatial Instrument. The Instrument resonates with ground surfaces, deciphering and illustrating a world beneath the ground.

The value of transdisciplinary knowledge is embodied in the practice of Dilettantism. The Dilettante began to fall into disrepute during the period of the Napoleonic wars. This period also marks the great divide which separates us from the enlightenment, when the discipline of art, engineering, architecture and philosophy, among others, were synergetic fields of learning forming an interlacing tapestry of knowledge. Both the research project and the architectural manifestation aim to explore transdisciplinary practice as a method to develop and advance working knowledge.

The Old Town of Basel is an appropriate testbed to the research as the place encourages learning. The town rejects any multidisciplinary practice and thus Dilettante society must be hidden from spectators allowing the society to practice and observe in secret. The strata of the site are comprised of; Young Pleistocene landslide clay, Top lower Malm sediment, Top Lias stone, Top Dogger stone and an adjacent fault line.

The project moves from research into proposal through the design of a Dilettanti society. The structure facilitates the advancement of transdisciplinary knowledge as citizens descend through the structure, new knowledge is both gathered and shared this is enhanced through three principles: the storage advancement and dissemination of knowledge.

non-disciplinary knowledge, graphite on cartridge paper, 120x100cm.
Spatial Instrument, Walnut, ebony, brass & sls.
Spaces are layered and unravelled to citizens. The painting demonstrates hierarchy of spaces, mixed media, 120×100 cm.
section drawing through the spaces, mixed media, 150×120 cm.


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