Focus 2019: Sustainability – Meet Kevin
My name is Kevin Agon and I’m on my final year in Master of Architecture at Cardiff University. I have also completed a degree in Interior Architecture and Design helping me gain a deeper understanding of holistic design. I always stay curious, welcomes changes and new experiences to enhance my personal growth.
With the theme of ‘Water City’, my current master’s thesis investigates the affordances along a riverine environment by understanding what the watery place can offer and using these potentials to enhance interactivity in people’s daily lives in Cardiff, Wales. My undergraduate project was a ‘Centre for Artefacts’ in East London which promotes the conservation of historical objects and antiques while safeguarding the survival of independent antique businesses in the area.
In the summer of 2018, I had a volunteered to re-examine the fundamentals of dwelling by living in the rainforest of Colombia for three weeks. Along with my fellow academia: we dwelled, build, rewilded and reflected while stripping down the basics of what is needed for an enriching life. This experience had catalysed my interest in designing with sustainability and ecological sensitivity in mind. It made me question, as an aspiring architect, what can I do to respond to the unprecedented environmental crisis today such as the global warming of 1.5c report from the IPCC.
To further explore this interest, I wrote my master’s dissertation on ‘Re-evaluating the Perception of Architecture Through Fieldwork in Education’, which encourages fieldwork experience as a tool to develop radical new ways of thinking that is needed to tackle oppressing crisis within the built environment. I want to be equipped to face these issues now as a student and when I’m in practice. Hence, this is the reason why I want to take part in this project from Critday. As people responsible for designing of places, we should lead the way for a paradigm shift that can lead to real changes in the built environment.