TS 3 HIGH PASS WITH DISTINCTION 2014 Excerpt
by Maya Laitinen, AA 3rd Year
Intermediate Unit 3
02 June 2014
Architectural Association, London
A Study of Air as a Structural Element.
There is something mystical about air that triggered my curiosity. I imagined, like Lebbeus Woods, that the City of Air must be an ideal place everyone longs to find - a place of myths, openness, thought and reflection.
I started doing research on the element itself and its structural qualities. I studied the effects of buoyancy, and floated lanterns up into the sky in a park. I imagined a place created by people longing to live up in the sky - in search for the ultimate experience of living with air. This curiosity led me to my TS-report, and my final project on the Boueng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
"The Lung of Phnom Penh" is sited on one of the urban lakes in the capital of Cambodia. A recent landfill, it is being packed with sand for future investments and the development of the city. The project proposes an alternative setting for the displaced communities once living around the lake.
When you have nothing left but air - can you use it to your advantage and build with it?
[caption id="attachment_3234" align="alignnone" width="360"] Maya Laitinen and her inflatable city in the air
Image credit: NaJa & deOstos[/caption]
For more information:
List of TS High Passes 2014
Intermediate 3 Unit Brief
Intermediate 3 microsite