LONDINIUM: DIGITAL DIORAMA Excerpt
Summer School 2014 Unit 5
Taught by Maria Jose Marcos, Javier Peña Galiano, Gorka Blas & Sewon Roy Kim
27 August 2014
Architectural Association, London
It is possible to create a #DigitalDiorama as a hypothesis of the idea of 'Unbuilt London'? Is it important that Londinium is considered the future vision for the city? Can we make an architectural project using only the unique materials of paper and projections? Can the understanding of transversal knowledge produce a critical project? Can collective action be a powerful tool of communication?
Unit 5 worked together throughout the three weeks in the collective production of a #DigitalDiorama, in order to envision a reinterpretation of London, growing beyond the contemporary reality and looking toward the future. 'The word diorama can either refer to a 19th-century mobile theatre device or a three-dimensional full-size or miniature model. Dioramas often contain different scales of landscape, architecture or domestic situations.
During Summer School 2014, Unit 5 built a three-dimensional map of 15 square meters of London using the diorama format, approaching a cultural, political and social transformation of London using tools and formats that required intense collaboration. London's reconstruction was rethought through areas corresponding to important epochs and figures which had dominated the city growth: ELIZABETH I, GEORGE III, VICTORIA (CORONATION), VICTORIA (JUBILEE), GEORGE VI, and GREATER LONDON. The dioramas were designed out of paper using origami and kirigami techniques, and subsequently activated through the use of projection mapping. These #DigitalDioramas contained architectures not yet built in London as well as objects, people and miniatures, creating a critical view of each stage of the city's history that has never come to pass.
For more information:
Summer School 2014 - The Unbuilt
Summer School 2014 Unit 5 Brief
Unit 5 Students:
Alejandra Esteve Cortes, Sixuan Li, Manisha Singh, Caglal Ecem Behlam, Asena Sozlu, Nico-Tando Trunz, Shneya Bedi, Nadiha Ali, Lingyun Qian, Tsz Tat Lam, Daniel Palop Ferrando, Lingge Yang, Ibrahim Muasher.