The following research project is almost an ode to my grandmothers flat. A celebration of the relationship between architectural spaces and the interactions and memories in which they hold. How an object can encompass personality and growth, history and narrative and how design interaction can be nationalist and geographical.

 

I intended to investigate design in the context of what has become known as material culture. To explore the various attitudes to cultural production, examine the notion of consumption and taste, and investigate the various processes and practices that have been built around those notions.

I chose to centre the research onn Laguna Estate, an estate located in Gibraltar which played integral influence in my childhood.

The video essay looks at the history of Laguna housing estate. I visit the Gibraltar archives and dig up documents of its construction, looking into the architectural aspect of the buildings. I then look at the social aspect of the estate, how once built, the introductions of tall concrete structures built to replace the pre-existing huts meant whole communities were moving together to more promising homes that would later become neglected following the decline in the materiality of estates. 

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