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Bachelor of Architecture

Luke Butcher

How do you create thriving and diverse urban environments where people want to live, work and study in ailing, post-industrial landscapes such as Stoke-on-Trent? Performative Urbanism proposes six tactics—seeding, erasure, repair, belts, towers and adaptation—to provide phased development that is socially responsible, culturally aware and both fiscally and ecologically sustainable within the dynamic processes shaping Stoke-on-Trent today and in the future. Instead of proposing an urban core a dispersed field of targeted investment is put forward to develop new synergistic ecologies between the six towns. Stoke-on-Trent is thus reconstituted as a matrix of hybrid landscapes that seek to constantly utilize and then optimise multiple performance specialisms. Located on the edge of Fenton, a former clay pit offers an opportunity to test these strategies. A new tower is tasked with condensing multiple programmes, principally sport and materials science research, so that new unforeseen synergies can develop between the two.

Luke Butcher - Naturalisation of the Stoke-on-Trent through Infrastructural Greenbelts.

Naturalisation of the Stoke-on-Trent through Infrastructural Greenbelts.

Luke Butcher - View of the main pool hall in the Podium.

View of the main pool hall in the Podium.

Luke Butcher - Landscape [re]distribution through the implementation of masterplan tactics.

Landscape [re]distribution through the implementation of masterplan tactics.

Luke Butcher - Section showing relationship between new Tower and the reclaimed landscape of Fenton Manor Quarry.

Section showing relationship between new Tower and the reclaimed landscape of Fenton Manor Quarry.

Luke Butcher - Site phasing strategy (2012-2022) for Fenton Manor Quarry test site.

Site phasing strategy (2012-2022) for Fenton Manor Quarry test site.

Luke Butcher - Tower and Podium concepts.

Tower and Podium concepts.

Tags: Architecture, Buildings, Green, Infrastructure, Landscape, Re_map, Tower, Urban, Urbanism

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