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BA (Hons) Architecture

Robert Gilbert

2013 BA thesis project: Muscle Power Depot - elemental resource base for muscle-powered autonomous street vendors.

In Manchester, stand-alone street vendors struggle to survive without a supporting network of fellow workers to make their routine easier, customers more frequent and ideas worth sharing.

Under a single canopy, the single item - single price, vendor-customer relationship can be facilitated again across the city, actively promoted using modern communications and strategic marketing on the ground.

Wider architectural interests include schemes and practices which keep a close eye on resources, designing thriftily with whole-life cycle in mind. Generating a sense of place, connection with - and ownership of - environment, loose-fit adaptable programmes and designs which leave room to breathe are all key concerns in my work. I respect honesty in materials and the emotive power of space as a driver for generating place. Using models as primary communicators is a key concern. 

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a resource base to project a forgotten community back onto the city

Muscle Power Depot: a resource base to project a forgotten community back onto the city

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: storage and service facility for muscle-powered vehicles

Muscle Power Depot: storage and service facility for muscle-powered vehicles

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a canopy under which consumable resources and business ideas can be stored, shared and promoted

Muscle Power Depot: a canopy under which consumable resources and business ideas can be stored, shared and promoted

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a kit-of-parts approach responds to the character of the street vendor cart and makes construction and disassembly fast and economical

Muscle Power Depot: a kit-of-parts approach responds to the character of the street vendor cart and makes construction and disassembly fast and economical

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a new facade which attempts to rebuild the street in a territory which is being slowly eroded from the memory of the city

Muscle Power Depot: a new facade which attempts to rebuild the street in a territory which is being slowly eroded from the memory of the city

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: active section demonstrating space, programme and occupation

Muscle Power Depot: active section demonstrating space, programme and occupation

Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a resource base to project a forgotten community back onto the city
Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a canopy under which consumable resources and business ideas can be stored, shared and promoted
Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a new facade which attempts to rebuild the street in a territory which is being slowly eroded from the memory of the city
Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: active section demonstrating space, programme and occupation
Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: storage and service facility for muscle-powered vehicles
Robert Gilbert - Muscle Power Depot: a kit-of-parts approach responds to the character of the street vendor cart and makes construction and disassembly fast and economical

Tags: Architecture, Base, Centre, Community, Concrete, Construction, Depot, Elemental, Frame, Greenhouse, Growing, Muscle Power, Project, Resource, Scheme, Steel, Storage, Truss, Urban

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