Constructing Decay - Thesis Volume I 
2020
Dublin  Ireland

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How can the cycles of construction and decay become facilitators of community autonomy and ecological growth? This thesis initially explored the notion of architectural impermanence, in doing so repudiating the impossible and environmentally damaging pursuit of permanence in built form. In response, an exploration of repair and maintenance was carried out, viewed through ritualistic lens, encompassing themes of community autonomy, constructing from the land, and creating space to facilitate nature within the built fabric. Naturally, out of an interest in repair arise questions of decay. Deep surveys of multiple sites at varying states of decay were carried examining the process of ecological re-colonisation. Studies of the physical spaces and the resulting plant growth created an understanding of natural succession of architectural elements, and how ruins can create more varied, diverse and richer ecosystems. Subsequent explorations tested how this research might influence an architecture which also responds to a narrative of repair and maintenance.





First of a two part thesis. Awarded best thesis of  UCD 2021 graduating class

Nominated for RIBA Silver Medal. (results pending).

Chosen for exhibition at the RIAI Annual Conference.

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