Candide No. 8 — 09/2014 — Project
Ossification and Plasticization: The Embodiment of an Iconography of Security in Japanese Clay-Walled Storehouses
This essay and accompanying design research has developed symbiotically as a response to the complex underlying structure of risk perception present in the obsolete Japanese storehouse building type. This body of work reconsiders the material and cultural associations of this historical building type through a creative typological analysis that uses the material characteristics of plasticization and ossification inherent in the unfired clay used in their construction. A new understanding of the exchange of knowledge of Japan’s culture of safety is applied to the design of a self-storage and emergency evacuation facility for Kyoto, Japan. The design posits the contemporary use of unfired clay to provide an environmentally responsive and culturally relevant form of protection for the city.
Candide No. 8, 09/2014