Six designs hand in_Julian Huang

Everything is pretty rough at the moment, all work in progress.

6 design handin-julian huang

First deign– An invisible cover for a caravan home. So my member of vulnerable community will be able to prolong the duration of her stay in illegal campsite without being noticed too quickly…

Second design– Waste disposal systems, including: Methane collector, cooking oil converter and food waste compost bin. This design tackles the environmental vulnerabilities the travelling community suffers from. Often there are large amount of waste left behind when travellers leave, I’m proposing 3 waste disposal systems that could effectively reduce the rubbish generated and also harness those waste as a source of energy.

1. Human waste is collected under the toilet, where methane gas could be captured and fed directly into the cooking stove inside the kitchen, FREE GAS! 2. Cooking oil converter, all the cooking oil used could be collected and refined through a portable converter that turns the cooking oil into bio-diesel, and then this bio-oil can used used to fill up the car. a fleet of london taxis now run on such oil! ( FREE PETROL! 3. Waste food compost bin- All the left over food could be disposed of into the compost bin where fresh, nutritious compost can be harvested in 18 days! FREE!

Third design– Caravan food rack. To increase the amount of healthy vegetable Mrs O’Connor and her family consume, and reduce the amount of money they have to spend on food, a foldaway rack could be attached to the top of the caravan, where vegetables and herbs can be grown in cut up plastic bottles…

Fourth Design– Caravan extension. To create more spaces for mrs O’Connor and her family. Currently 5 member of the family inhabit a small 2 room caravan, often tension are high within the caravan and arguments occur regularly due to the lack of space, and living within such as small space with many people can be problematic. I’m proposing a series of extensions that could drastically increase the footprint of the caravan, this will allow the family more room to socialize, and at the same time, more personal, private spaces.

Fifth design– Open weekend. I’m proposing to open the illegal traveling community to the general public for the weekend, so they can come and visit. During this special occasion, food grown with-in the community could be served, workshops and talks could be organized to promote traveller’s culture, temporary play spaces such as plastic bag climbing wall and tyre park could keep all the children busy, traveling or settled. In doing so, it could help to break down some of the barriers between the settled local community and the illegal travelling community. As this complex relationship is often misunderstood.

Sixth design– Some kind of working platform/stage that promotes oral teaching, and passing down knowledge and skills through conversations… (I’m still thinking about this one, haven’t quite work out exactly what I’m going to do) Any ideas will be greatly appreciated! eiei…




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8 Responses to Six designs hand in_Julian Huang

  1. 20112012sinanp says:

    “We will measure the quality of architecture by its ability to represent the interest and programs of others. ”

    Julian! I really like the waste disposal system do you think there is anything that could be done with solid waste? I know in Istanbul and other places there are people scouring bins for recyclable waste, metals plastics etc, is there any economic potential for the travellers to collect these and sell them(economic incentives can be very strong!) or resuse them for their own use? Also the mirrored caravan is an interesting idea but they might feel as though they are hiding, perhaps there’s a similar option but with a cover that represents their identity/culture and is more visually appealing? Thinking of the pearly kings and queens of London which are amazing!,r:30,s:0

  2. I think one of your ideas Caravan extensions was particularly interesting. Maybe each of the individual caravans or combine several caravans to be extended to become i.e. one day it is a classroom, nursery, garden, cinema, etc

  3. we will abandon anthropocentrism rejecting human activities as more important than
    natural events.


    I like where you’re going with the last idea. Cultural legacy is important to most travellers and they are especially PROUD to be what they are. unfortunately many travellers have to go to normal schools and as a result are victimised for who and what they represent. and indeed there are a lot of things ‘normal’ people can learn from them in terms of subsistence farming and a carefree way of living. therefore maybe instead of educating travellers about how to act in society its they who should set up a travelling school or evening classes promoting their essential skills and values to the greater public.

    i like the idea (though have no clue) about storytelling and the passing of tradition through word of mouth/theatre. dont know if travellers do this or what they hold to be their ancestral roots, but its maybe a romantic idea about the act of passing down tales and a notion of identity that you could look at. shows, theatres, songs, stories…

  4. 20112012manamon says:

    Some really great ideas jules. And i think the others have made some good suggestions.
    However, I want to throw you a tangent. Maybe focus on the word traveller? I notice that these communities are intent on calling themselves travellers, but they rarely travel. How about a community were they are constantly moving, never even stopping to re-fuel. How do they interact on the road if they are moving. Is there any clues from the way space ships dock with each other.

  5. 20112012neguin says:

    “We will consider any waste or small part of already used materials as candidates to create new components for our architecture.”

    The ideas are interesting – I do find the first one quite sinister! Would make a good art installation..
    So this is a brief comment as I had similar thoughts to Sinan…there has historically been a strong traveller economy made from scrap heaps urban areas. Scrap often lives side by side with the caravans but the economy has been undermined by british law criminalising their informal working methods with scrap metal etc.
    I thought you could develop proposal 5 with a more in depth catalogue of the materials available on sites..

  6. 20112012megansmedy says:

    Hi Julian

    Looking at idea 6, perhaps you could incorporate their interest in clothing (over the top fashion) in some sort of clothes making workshop. They do spend fortunes on wedding dresses and other occasional wear but perhaps it would be beneficial for it to be a skill passed down from mother to daughter? They could become master dress makers, needed by the surrounding non-traveller community.? Hope this helps a bit, if at all.


  7. 20112012paullw says:

    Five seems like much more of a real solution than one, allowing real discourse between travellers and local residents seems the most realistic way to work for the advantage of both sides, the food stalls and farmed produce give the travellers some value in the community and your ideas for temporary and recycled play areas could add some real fun to an often heated debate.

    The waste disposal ideas are nice, but realistically would probably need to be done across the whole community, incorporating local businesses and non-traveller residents. Unless they are frying industrial quantities of chips, the oil from one caravan won’t get them very far…

  8. your invisible caravan reminded me of this:
    An artist who might be worth looking at is Lucy Orta- she does a lot of nice stuff on nomadic communities, recycling and sustainable living
    -i put some links for some EU roma gypsy community projects on negin’s post too if you might be interested

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