Reassembling the Assembly
The ongoing depreciation of religious and civic architecture in rural areas drives the development of this project. As the needs of small communities change, and the associated architecture idles, this project explores how existing architecture can respond and accommodate diversity.
Through challenging our bias towards permanence as unchanged architecture, the project questions what can happen if we take responsibility for undoing the things we make. It investigates how considering the lifecycle of a structure backward in time prompts designs that can adapt to the uncertain conditions of the future. Maintaining a reversed perspective, this project argues that we must learn from the past before designing for the future. Thus we must disassemble before we assemble.