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Aberrant Architecture

This project has been based around the ideology of Aberrant Architecture, which can be found here.


We were told to design a structure that celebrated the city of Dundee and explored the concept of sound whilst still adhering to the manifesto.

I decided to explore the idea of visualising sound through cymatics. Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration. When sound vibration is applied to a surface such as a liquid and powdered substance it creates these beautiful geometric patterns.


I then chose to explore the concept of spirituality and sound, and began to focus on the idea of contemplation. I decided to design a space for contemplation and meditation – exploring sound, the visualisation of sound and use of materials, I particularly took influence from zen gardens and other areas used for meditation.

We got the chance to choose our own site and I chose an area of land under the Tay Road Bridge.


What I have ended up designing is a large scale structure, with four different sections to contemplate different things.  aberrrant architecture floor plan

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Sonic City

This project asked us to choose a piece of public art from around Dundee city centre and create a sound based response in a 3D form, or a listening post. My group investigated each of the pieces of art and chose to focus on the concrete sculpture of the car located near the train station. The location is surrounded by a car park and a main road, so there is a lot of air pollution, this sculpture attempts to tackle that as it actually absorbs pollutants and breaks them down into simple elements and chemicals that are beneficial to the environment.


Looking at the car’s ability to tackle air pollution we decided to investigate another problem in the area – sound pollution. Sound pollution is something that most people aren’t even aware affects them, but something as simple as traffic noise can elevate your blood pressure and make you more stressed without you even noticing!

sonic city notes 1

We focused on the idea of the car sculpture “breathing” new air into the environment, so took that as a base for our sound investigations, but also made a point of cutting down the existing noise. Half of the group looked at creating natural breathing noises and heart beats, and half of the group investigated natural ways to absorb the noise through different materials and forms.


Using tessellated shapes made of soft materials (e.g.. soft furnishings or other highly porous materials like cork or foam) is the most effective way to absorb sound.

sonic notes 2

We decided on a domed structure to cut down as much of the external noise as possible without completely cutting the existing sculpture off from the rest of the environment. The existing sculpture still has to bee in open air to keep in context.

car drawing 1

This is a quick image of the proposed 3d structure – it consists of a shell made of fabric impregnated with concrete, in internal layer of sound absorbing foam, a wooden support structure in the shape of ribs and a spine and large cork, tessellated, geodesic spheres suspended from the ceiling.
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perspective sonic city


PARK(ing) DAY is an international event that took place in 35 countries and 165 cities on one day – 20th September 2013.

Our course brought all the years together and split us up into 6 rooms two weeks before the 20th, gave us the brief and each group ended up creating something amazing for that one day!
Our group chose to focus on the idea of air pollution in Dundee, as it is surprisingly bad due to the majority of the city centre being built before the popularity of cars, busses etc. This made the streets narrow and the buildings tall, which means the exhaust fumes get trapped.

The aim of our group’s design was to encourage cycling, by getting people who possibly haven’t cycled in a long time to get on a bike and have a bit of fun while showing clean air as a physical thing.


As the user would cycle the bike, it would work the piston at the back which would then blow up a balloon. The user would then write down a suggestion or comment about air pollution in dundee and their balloon would get attached to the ever growing canopy of balloons above them!


Click the link below to watch out team’s video from the day!

DJCAD Dundee – PARK(ing) Day 2013 – ‘RE(cycle)’ from Interiors DJCAD on Vimeo.


So, that’s all the work from semester one handed in, the grades have been handed back and I’m quite happy – I got exactly what I thought would! I could have done better, but I’ve spent the past few months taking it easy settling back into uni life after basically two years of being unemployed. So, I’m pleased. Next semester is when I’ll properly just go for it and actually try. I’m going to miss my IED family over christmas, we get like a month off – it’s crazy. A whole month of no class frisbee and “design thinking”.


On a more serious note, here are the boards from all three of my projects:

Emma Sproul Group 1 – these are the boards from my group furniture project along with Ruaridh Give, Emma Sproul and Ross Thompson

Alison Rome Tech Dwg:Awareness Award Presentation Templates – these are the boards from my technical drawing project on the Reitveld Red and Blue chair, and for the Awareness Award competition


So, things have been getting more and more busy since week 2, I now have 4 projects running side my side instead of three (!) and they all seem to have deadlines at similar times. This is going to be fun.

This week I have been focusing more with my Change by Design module – our group has met up three times this week and we had a tutorial, so I feel like we are really making progress with this project!

The project is all about the value of water, and we have chosen to focus on drought in Britain and how it affects water usage. We have been looking at ways we can get people’s opinion on water and if they even see that there is a problem with wasting it.

In areas of developed countries with such shortages, instead of importing lots of drinking water that would be used in ways where drinking water isn’t necessary they have started using grey water. Grey water is recycled water from sources where clean water is needed (from showers and sinks etc.) that can be used in situations where drinking water isn’t needed, like toilet cisterns and watering plants. I have found it strange that the use of grey water isn’t as popular here as other countries, our plumbing automatically uses drinking water for everything.

I find that quite strange.

I have also been looking at my carpet cut-off project and have really made progress with it. I have been looking at origami and kusadamas.

I am currently attempting to make a massive kusadama from carpet! At this point making paper maquettes for every design I’m thinking of is going to be a nightmare as the designs are getting more and more intricate, so I’ve moved onto making digital models on Sketchup

This took me 4 HOURS. Paper kusadamas are hard to make. You know what’s harder to make? Massive carpet kudasamas. You know what’s even harder to make? 3d digital model kusadamas.




kusadama MAD.


This semester IED are doing a total of four different projects over two modules – we have our Change by Design module with Jonathan Baldwin, and our studio based projects with Jason Nelson and Linsey McIntosh.

We have an RSA brief that we are doing in groups with Jonathan, which we’ve only just had a chance to look at but seem pretty interesting. Our groups try and meet a few times a week to chat, socialise and, of course, work. Our team is composed of two interior design students (myself and Christina Boyle), two jewellery design students and two textiles students.

Our projects with Jason and Linsey take up a bit more time. We are doing a 5 week project, with the brief being taken from a Belgian competition. We basically have to create a piece of furniture/furnishings from off-cuts of carpet. This sounds easy, but it’s quite a restrictive material, so it’s been interesting trying to test it’s limits with financial limitations of being a student! We obviously don’t have access to crazy experimental labs, but we’ve been trying out some things in the studios.


I started going down a super complicated route that I’ve had to divert from. I was looking at creating a brand new material from the fibres used in the carpet industry, but obviously this would involve far too much investigation and experimentation for a 5 week project in 2nd year!

ImageI then looked at the actual structure of carpet and I noticed that the backing layer is a natural fibre that is cross laminated with latex, which makes it incredibly strong and resilient. I then started look at the weight bearing properties of carpet and had a wee look at hammock-like structures.


I had a wee look at the PEOPLE who use hammocks and WHY they use them. I just thought hammocks were funky things you’d maybe lounge on in the Caribbean, but there’s a whole load of ergonomic issues I hadn’t even thought about – the weight of your body makes the fabric taut, the heavier and area is, the more support it gets! There has been a massive rise in hammocks for animals and babies as it is not only comfortable, but also creates support for them that an ordinary mattress/bed wouldn’t provide.

So I’ve been looking at folding and sewing carpet and creating a structure with it that is strong enough to support someone… or something. I’m not sure what yet, but I have three weeks to hurry up and pick something!

Next post regarding uni I’ll do will go into more detail about the project with Linsey; and the one after that, the project with Jonathan. Until then, here’s a photo of my cat lying on Private Eye, and a super ugly ashtray. He hates politics and ugly ceramics.