Parasitic Prototyping – Sean Hanmer – Canterbury School of Architecture


Today’s project by Sean Hanmer looks into the use of 3D prototype production into the retro fitting of existing buildings.  The project is a collection of building types where this prototype has grown and become parasitic within the existing structure.  The units begin to change the connections between buildings and space.  The project is more of a collection of buildings as that this parasite has grown and evolved in different ways within its context.  Check it out after the jump!

SCHOOL:  Canterbury School of Architecture 
PROFESSORS: John Bell
STUDENT: Sean Hanmer
COURSE: Thesis
YEAR: 
2012

“An investigation into 3d prototyping and what these new age technologies can offer architecture in terms of form, performance and aesthetics. And more importantly how these technologies could influence urban retrofitting in the 21st century.

Parasitic Prototype 7 is about the reusing and the cannibalisation of an existing structure, in this situation -the Greenwich Power Station. Using a power station, itself a symbol of profligate use of energy seemed very apt for a project, which stimulates aprocess of recycling (plastic) waste into architecture. Capitalist demands for urban growth exist but this scheme re-uses of a brownfield site, reduces urban sprawl into the suburban greenbelts. It moves away from this 1 bottle = 1 bottle philosophy and mediating a change in society, towards a more sustainable environment and a more dynamic society. Promoting the recycling of material waste into a new system, which has the capacity to reprocess waste into a product that can perform a superior – longer life-span function, keeps plastic waste away from our landfills and oceans.

The proposed prototype has the ability to print itself using 3d printing technology, taking in all the plastic wastes that were previously deemed too economically unviable for recycling and reprocessing them for fused deposition modelling, printing the external skin and internal components of the skyscraper. The rate at which the prototype reaches its predefined resolution is dependant on the amount of recycled material being pumped into the mechanism and the economic demand for growth. As aresult of this, the intervention has no period of completion date, resulting in an ‘architecture in flux’. Continuous changes in programme will influence the development of construction. Therefore the skyscraper has been designed with adaptability in mind, allowing for the continuous reprinting of its internal floor plans and also allowing for different programmes to occupy the prototype. This is key tothe survival of the intervention, by supporting economic development through progression, inflation and recession.”

F Original Submission by Sean Hanmer

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