Author : Emir Tigrel

University : Bartlett School of Architecture

Status : MArch, 2015

Advisors : Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite, Simon Kennedy

Title : Vestigial Landscapes

Within the once-sooty, blue-collar industrial zones of the Brooklyn Naval Yard – and acting as a counterpoint to the burgeoning ’Silicon Alley’ of Manhattan – an assemblage of new and old buildings form a hub for digital- focussed entrepreneurialism.

Drawing on the rich [ symbolism ] of the industrial relics that scatter the existing site and using advanced imaging technologies, the new buildings seek to [ complete ] lost artefacts and spaces, giving a tectonic presence to the fading memories of this original US Industrial Powerhouse. A Museum without walls. In contrast to the privatised ‘bull’ of Wall Street, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is portrayed as the transparent ‘ballerina’.

Marrying the potent historical imagery of the Naval Yard with the charged economic potential of the city, Emir has designed a coherent embracing body that can contain this sprawling and fragmented vestigial landscape.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Emir Tigrel_ The thesis and the project are both closely concerned with establishing a collection of architectural logics built upon memory, association and metaphor for establishing an active cultural and historical continuum. The project theories on the potential role of design as a vehicle for regenerating past experiences and for translating the contextual history. How is the transfer between the past and the present established through an interplay of aesthetics, materiality, program, structure and memory? For instance, large scale Augmented Reality ‘windows’ are used to depict moments from the site’s unique past.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
ET_ My passion in general is creativity. When I procrastinate I spend most of my time making music, playing guitar and learning producing. I’m also very passionate about visualisation, photography and would like to occupy myself with it in my future career. Besides creativity I love windsurfing and have an interest in reading about the economy and also the business side of architecture.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
ET_ Skills for time management, producing quality work within the restriction of time. Verbal and Visual communication of ideas, theories and an overall understanding of a systematic approach to everyday problems in life, whether it’s creative or not.

S//A : Describe your dream project
ET_ My dream projects are the ones which create an interactive contrast between the past and the new, where the historic and present narratives unfold together.