Part One

Tactile Structures project

by MEMUNATU BARRIE
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South Bank Centre ,Photography by me

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Section of Southbank Centre Pillar, photograph taken by me . I like the geometric shapes in this picture, the triangles vs the more rectangular or square shapes.

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South Bank Centre, image taken by me looking up towards the top of the building

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"Mike Ayres is a professional designer with 30 years experience in creating equipment and environments for people with special needs. He was instrumental in introducing the Dutch concept of 'Snoezelen' into Britain in the 1980's. Since then he has worked on multi-sensory concepts, environments and products for care and education. He continues to work on new concepts for whole buildings, individual environments and products, working with architects, project teams, educationalists and professionals in the caring industry. He aims to design and produce the very best equipment and environments for people with special needs and to enable everyone to function successfully in an inclusive environment. "-official Mike Ayres website (About the designer) section.

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http://www.mikeayresdesign.co.uk/sensory-resources-shop/tactile/tactile-panels/tactile-panel-1-Image curtesy

I enjoy Mike Ayres tactile tiles  they are both aesthetically  pleasing and practical as they allow the visually impaired to feel art. The tiles further use an interesting combination of colour and texture , which I would like to translate back into my own work.

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A Manhole cover photographed by me at Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, London. I liked the pattern on the cover , and it was also a great example of a tactile surface.

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The Southbank Centre , Photography by me

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The Southbank centre, close-up of material used to build one of pillars , I love the colours found in this , yellow, blue , grey. The stones in it further creates its own pattern. I feel like the close up could be a piece of textile in it self.

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Close up of a Manhole cover taken by me . I love the geometrics and the raised surfaces that come through in this image.

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The Barbican , Shakespeare Tower ,photograph taken by me

I like the fact that I couldn't capture the full length of the tower ,the tower just fades away out of frame as if it is never ending . Perhaps this is symbolic of how these brutalist type of buildings will continue on to emerge more in the future. It could also be read as symbolising how timeless the Barbican and its architecture is.

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Designed Mario Botta, Residential building, 1993. Novazzano, Switzerland, photography by Roberto Conte (2006)

Image courtesy  http://www.domusweb.it/en/photo-essays/2016/03/22/roberto_conte_brutalist_architecture.html

I like this structure because although it is brutalist it is less conventional. This image still contains many of the same features as other brutalists sites with the emphasis being on the geometrics or mainly square / harsh edged shapes found in the structure. The circular passage gives the structure a different perspective , and the kind of hole , within the structure could be seen as a poetic gesture. Perhaps it is indicative of the fact that  things which appear brutal from the outside may have a softer or in this case ' rounder' interior. I also like the colours visible in this image a dusty red ,  mustard and shades of grey.

 

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Image taken by me at the barbican

Here is an example of a brutalist building in London. 'The Barbican Complex is a prominent example of British brutalist architecture and is Grade II listed as a whole, with the exception of the late Milton Court. Milton Court once contained a fire station, medical facilities and some flats and was demolished to allow the construction of a new apartment complex which also contains additional facilities for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.'-Wikipedia.I admire the structure of the building it is bold with many layers to it  and overall contains inspiring features.

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Rudolf Weißer and Hubert Schiefelbein, Stadthalle Chemnitz, 1974. Chemnitz, Germany

Image courtesy of http://www.domusweb.it/en/photo-essays/2016/03/22/roberto_conte_brutalist_architecture.html

Another example of Brutalist Architecture . I really love this structure's shape, and the way that the panels appear to be lifted . I feel that the structure could be easily translated into inspired textile , because it suggests texture. The structure further resembles a bee hive to me . I find this interesting because there is supposed to be nothing at all natural or suggestive of nature in brutalist architecture as it focuses on man made properties ,and uses man made materials .This creates conflict and maybe suggests that there is nothing man can do to get away from nature. Another thing I noticed in my primary research is that buildings/ bricks can over time begin to get rusted, or covered in moss, this represents the invasion of nature , once again enforcing the concept that man cannot be removed from nature.

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