David Flook

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Home Building 2035 & Village MC-1

Beginning the research by focussing on the future of living, Home Building 2035 speculates on the spatial implications for suburbia that arise from highly referential and restrictive aesthetic architectural codes meeting the modernity of the manufacturing techniques with which they are mass produced, and proposes a new framework for changing the public appetite.
Village MC-1 is inspired by the quasi-suburban, cultivated prairie lands of Fermilab, where cutting edge research is conducted in cottages. The result is an architecture that materialises in the form of a cultivated Mid-Western Prairie that doubles as scientific test ground. This fabricated landscape attempts to provide an environment suitably ‘precise’ for Fermilab’s ongoing experimentation yet ‘imprecise’ to allow for the processes of burning that propagate the Prairie landscape. Through the technical study, a precise ability to manipulate fire as an architectural and landscape generator was developed, reinforcing the future importance of the Prairie to the functioning of Fermilab. This new language is built as a latent architecture, in anticipation of the work on the Intensity Frontier, as Fermilab redesigns its facilities to act as a counterpoint rather than a rival to the CERN hadron collider.
This new architecture defines the parameters of an experiment that explores the manufacturing of myth, the sociology of science and formation of fact.

David’s third year work was awarded the RIBA Donaldson Medal for highest marked Bartlett Architecture undergraduate student and the Faculty Medal for highest marked student faculty-wide.


  • Filed under: Student Work 2013-14