Connected by Nature: The mediation between biology and technology, history and modernity, and nature and humanity

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2023

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In this study, I explore methods of weaving in nature and in traditional vernacular construction to uncover how these construction methods and their social connections can be translated into modern construction technologies whilst preserving the ecosystems they inhabit. I aim to investigate the theoretical and technical method of manipulating ancient building materials to act in varied occupations seen in the construction of natural materials. I then attempt to amalgamate ancient methods such as weaving with 3D printing and digital modelling to achieve a greater resolution, minimising material waste while exploring the spaces they offer. Intricate to the making of space and materials is the process of their maintenance or decomposition. I explore how materials can return to the earth to feed the growth of its successor. Recognizing architecture as impermanent allows the craft and knowledge of building to become permanent; allowing the next generation to learn and improve, sustain and advance.
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