Summer Show Pavilion 2015

In summer 2015 a pavilion was produced by students of the unit for the Leeds School of Art Architecture and Design summer show. This pavilion aimed to re-purpose the system designed for the Christmas installation, exploring how the same component pieces could be combined to suit new function. This challenges the form of the previous […]

Leeds Alternative Christmas Tree 2014

At the request of Brewery Wharf, students of the¬†Abstract Machines unit designed a Christmas installation in place of the traditional Christmas tree. Designed by Nick Hart-Woods and Paul Bedson Initial developments of form used a tessellation system, aiming to imply the form of a tree by applying the use of grid structure for strength and […]

Praxis Pavilion

In 2014, students of the Abstract Machines unit were given the opportunity to design and fabricate an installation for the Summer Show. The project was developed by Paul Bedson and Nick Hart-Woods, with guidance from tutors within the unit and displayed at the Leeds Beckett Faculty of Art and Architecture Exhibition Opening 2014. The installation […]

Mediation within the Urban Archipelago

The thesis bases itself in the abandoned city of Varosha in Cyprus and seeks to address the repurposing of this previously abandoned area outside of national politics. Establishing a libertarian state based on a charter city model, which operates free of national agenda and focuses purely on financial strength. Within this construct of segregation and […]

Space Forming

Further Development of Thesis proposition utilizing component structures and lattice frame systems to create the adaptable mediation centre that filters through the Libertarian reimagining of Famagusta. The systems acts as an armature for mediation between segregated enclaves, meanders throughout the city along the boundaries of corporately controlled enclaves, shifting on the edge of economic success […]

Component System Research

Thesis Project development Focusing on a system and space that facilitates the mediation between the theorized corporate enclaves the initial drive was to consider methods of rapid reconfiguration through component based structure here we see Investigations into the use of component geometries to create varied form, design development focused on a building system utilizing varied […]

The Urban Archipelago

Architecture as a diagnostic tool The Urban Archipelago project unifies performative diagramming and design research with an aim to using architecture as a method of illustrating the socio-political issues of Cyprus.This diagnostic manifestation allows us to interact with the unseen factors present in society. This representation develops through a system of competitive corporate enclaves. These […]

Parasitic Growth

Concept animation for the parasitic development of enclave structures leeching “power” through the existing

Urban Field Development

Urban archipelago simulation showing informal growth developing in areas between formally planned communities. These growth areas are chosen based on a resource attraction provided by existing infrastructure (the red line), and based on areas of least expansion potential in the urban field. As the planned settlements begin to grow this expansion potential increases and the […]

Spatial Field Investigations

Initial simulations exploring the relational field interactions between settlements and how these develop over time. The field strength of the individual settlements are based on ‘available resources’ to the wider area. Settlements expand at varied rates and increase their field of influence, thus reducing the overall available resources to the urban system and ultimately absorbing […]

Form Development

At the request of Brewery Wharf, Abstract Machines is in the process of designing a Christmas installation in place of the traditional Christmas tree. Here are initial developments of form from the tessellation system, applying the use of grid structure for strength and patterning, aiming to imply the form of a tree.

Lighting Studies

Of Particular interest to the installation development is the use of light, the interaction between shadow pattern light and form. Here are examples of physical and digital light studies performed on the developing structural systems.