The research of my BA graduation project moved firstly from personal experiences, philosophical and socio-political readings about topics such as ephemeral architecture, industrial archeology, abandoned buildings rehab, alternative dwelling practices and self-construction. Questions that guided me have been: how can a community live and ensure a beneficial reciprocal symbiosis with other communities, nature and the environment? If we imagine the territory as a dynamic network of abandoned areas, how would the identity of these change during the experiences of human temporal appropriation? The thesis addresses them through this structure:
- Itinerant living in impermanent places,
- The abandoned outskirts as experimental peninsulas,
- Autonomy in building construction,
- The creativity-reuse synergy in building construction.
The intention was to investigate these thematics and try to intertwine them to formulate a prototype scenario, an alternative narrative on the way humans design and inhabit the environment. I proceeded by studying the working principles and spatial qualities of an abandoned siderurgic centre as a potential site where to develop the scenario. Through a series of collages, drawings and an interactive model, I narrated two speculative stories of groups of humans temporarily inhabiting the abandoned industrial site. Could these alternative dwelling practices potentially be applied to other sites, on different scales?