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 […]

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 […]

Urbanism experiment

Density attractor Height constraints for views to attractor (e.g. coastline) Geometry defined by warped grid to incorporate infrastructure Primary transport routes added to differentiate between major and minor roads A quick experiment I did this morning drawing obvious inspiration from ZHA’s Urban design schemes. The aim was to investigate how the theory of ‘urban fields’ […]

Poiesis [06.05.14]

A sample of key images taken from the portfolio submission for the semester 01 project ‘Poiesis.’

Paul Bedson: Fabrication

This is a Prototype fabrication system I am currently developing as part of the second semester ‘Praxis’ brief. The project is investigating the hybridisation of tensile and compressive structures, with reference to tensegrity. By connecting the panels with elastic bindings the structure becomes more flexible making it able to morph between various forms while still […]

Nick Hart-Woods, Paul Bedson ; Emergence[y] rules for post traumatic urban landscapes

These images represent the current work being undertaken to study, analyse and simulate the emergent principles of Slum settlements. The chosen settlement is the Pétionville ‘Tent City’ which was established after the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In order to begin to attempt to simulate the complex relationship of forces at play it was necessary […]