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"De-Production"

Part 2 Project 2003
Peter Wraight
Pablo Letelier
University of Nottingham
The complex relationship between society and industry led to my design for an ultra-efficient car-recycling factory. My design creates a ‘museum’ environment that enables the public to engage with what are normally isolated industrial processes - a `de-production line` presenting the death of the car is situated alongside workshops in which its parts get a new life.

The process of renewal is also illustrated through the detail and construction of the building. The skin is constructed from car windscreens forming a curved screen facing the road, whilst the ground floor façade displays and stores re-usable car parts and `new life` pieces created at the workshops.

Peter Wraight
Pablo Letelier


In parallel with recent installation art such as Michael Landy’s “Break Down”, this student has formulated a brief for a “Car De-Production Line”.

The de-production line is organised along a linear sequence of spaces, which stretch out along the A2 outside Canterbury. Elevated onto the road is a 250m long wall constructed out of recycled car windscreens.

As the cars are dis-assembled, materials and components are conveyed away from the de-production line via high-level links, to a series of workshops where the materials transformed and given new life.

In contrast to the highly engineered detailing of the de-production spaces, the workshops are perched within a post-industrial terrain constructed out of battered car body panels.

Peter’s project makes a serious and powerful statement but its success lies in its playful and inventive development of the brief on a programmatic, formal and material level and in his exquisite drawings, models and windscreen installations.

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