Can an intervention celebrate the importance of Berber medicinal knowledge, and support the well being of the Berber community?
    By Lucy Smith & Joanna Wickham

    This project is a collaboration and investigation combining two complimentary design approaches and thesis interests. The first exploring the benefits of learning from nature, tradition and knowledge to inform architectural design, through interaction and understanding. The second a testing of the notion of architectural authenticity within such a rich and diverse cultural environment, to celebrate the traditions of the Berber community.

    Our mutual belief in a holistic approach to well being within the community, and the role architecture has within this, creates an exciting foundation for a thesis proposition. Through an ongoing collaboration a greater depth of investigation and testing of the thesis ideas can be achieved; benefiting both the project and the resulting schemes.

  • Diploma design project based in Setti Fatma a small settlement in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech, Morocco. This thesis project aims to support the future of Setti Fatma through establishing a framework which links local events, spaces and people. Using architecture as points of intersection designed to sustain the ecology of the site, while providing opportunities for both the community and visitors to the Ourika Valley.
  • Based on a group strategy using a set of predetermined 'rules', the brief for this design was to create an enclosed garden for human interaction. The site strategy focused on 'view and choices', a continuity in material and experiencing the site in relation to scale.

    Further to this was my personal aim to embrace the design approach of Biomimicry, learning from nature, to produce a space which interacts with its environment and changes according to the various conditions in which it exists.

    As a result of both spending time in an artist workshop and the process of film making, my interpretation of creating an enclosed garden is based on a place which supports human interaction through changing scales of shelter and exposure. Due the position of the site the proposal was to create a transition zone between key elements within the garden; using a framework to support a system of planting the sense of place dramatically changes with the seasons and highlights the important relationship between the natural and man made.

  • A short film expressing the journey to Bagsvaerd Church in Copenhagen as part of an architectural study on culture and place.

    Produced and edited by L.Smith, J.Wickham, N.Corrie, A.Parsons, T.Richardson 2009

  • Based on the belief that memory distorts reality to record a sense of place within an individuals mind, this film looks to represent a journey of discovery within Mottisfont Abbey from the perspective of an anonymous protagonist. Embracing themes of naivety to awareness and using the visual motifs of movement, colour and texture the film presents the surreal mindscape of the individual and highlights the importance of memory in experience.

    Memory and Actuality, Perception and Dream produced and edited by L.Smith and J.Wickham

    Soundtrack: Lightless Dawn by K.MacLeod (edited)
    Narrative Text: J.Pallasmaa, G.Bachelard, D.Lyndon
    Narrated By: D.Astbury

  • A short film edited in a day, expressing the 'sense of place' in Marrakech and the nearby Ourika Valley. Film produced and edited by Architecture + Landscape Studio 2010/11, University of Portsmouth, UK.