M’Arch Studio 3 student Edward Crump scooped two prizes at last week’s End of Year Show on Hastings Pier, Ed was awarded the RIBA (Sussex Branch) Prize and the Perkins+Will Thesis Prize for Architecture. Here he talks about his project ‘The Architectural Algorithm’.
The project explores the conflict that occurs on the boundary between the digital world and the physical world.
In a world that has evolved to a digital age, where life is often now conducted in non-material space, the need for physical, architectural space remains ever-present. However, the translation from one world to another is not straightforward due to the luxuries and limitations the digital world provides.
Therefore there remains a fundamental distance between the two worlds and thus to work between them, to mediate the transfer of information from one world to another, to develop a physical language for a world currently unable to speak for itself is surely an essential task for our new age.
In line with this idea I proposed a project titled “The Architectural Algorithm” containing the design for a HM Land Registry Dispute Resolution Centre. This building would be set up to explore the way that territory and boundaries constantly reshape each other within the context of formal ownership boundaries, while throughout the project subtly referencing similar conflicts between digital and analogue interactions.
While studying my Part 2 at Brighton I developed an interest in constructing instruments that utilise electronics in order to generate various outputs. In particular I was keen to develop a series of drawing machines that took code generated form a variety of inputs and translated it into some form of imagery. These drawings, while being constructed from elements often associated with an essence of humanity (pen and paper), have a very ‘digital’ aesthetic and formed the basis for my thesis.
I am very proud after so many years of study both inside and outside of university to have my work recognised through receiving the RIBA (Sussex Branch) Prize and the Perkins+Will Thesis Prize for Architecture. My thanks go to all those who helped me along the way.
To watch the machines in action see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtk2yQlCBHE