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Cooper Park Masterplan, Elgin

Part 2 Project 2008
Kian Foong Goh
Robert Gordon University, UK
It is some kind of ambiguity, it is neither this nor that, yet it is still something – like walls, roofs, floors, columns, lintels etc. It is like what Adam Caruso said in a conversation with Paul Vermeulen (2002 p. 86): “I still believe that architecture should be resistant. It has a potential to resist the way literature and fine art can resist.” It is non-completion in terms of architectural senses or processes; of course it has to be complete in terms of design, functions and construction (all these are about giving satisfaction). It is not ‘anti-something’ but rather ‘non-something’. For example, ‘non-objectness’ and thus let one thinks of its oppositions like immortality, timelessness and even monumentality. This non-object quality can be associated to organic form like living beings that are everchanging. Finally, it is more about one’s positions and attitudes rather than styles and isms towards architecture and its theory.

VERMEULEN, P., 2002. A Conversation with Adam Caruso and Peter St John. In: T. HÄFLIGER and L. DEON, eds. Knitting Weaving Wrapping Pressing: Caruso St John Architects. Basel: Birkhäuser. pp. 74-89

Kian Foong Goh

The M Arch comprised three distinct units which looked at urban situations in Scotland. Kian worked in the townscapes unit that looked first, at urban typologies in northeast Scotland and then in detail at the major settlements of Huntly and Elgin on the route north from Aberdeen to Inverness. The unit identified problems and opportunities in the group master plan and developed solutions with contrasting approaches; adaptive re-use and the 'sensitive stitching' of existing fabric with new development and radical 'engineering' moves to modify the infrastructure and landscape. The brief for the individual work was student led bringing a diverse and rich collection of projects. Kian's project, set in Elgin, tested the intellectual process of making a new piece of landscape, comprising generic buildings for education, by superimposing layers of the historic plan and existing building and landscape data.

Louise Hunter
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