Focus 2019: Sustainability – Meet Fraser
The architecture of logistics registers and manages the circulation of people, goods, and information across the planet. It could be considered the litmus paper from which we could read and understand territories, populations and societal assemblages. Whilst we continue to strive for faster and more efficient ways of moving objects of economic consumption, the sustainability of increasingly immediate systems isn’t a priority.
My work to date is concerned with understanding material flows and how we can begin to move towards a closed loop form of consumption that is driven by a new architecture that forces society to take stock of the waste they produce.
I completed my undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh. My work culminated in a project analysing the impact of data centres worldwide which aimed to find a way in which these huge uninhabited forms could better the communities around which they were sited.
I am currently part of the third cohort of The London School of Architecture, a new school which encourages students to address the biggest problems facing our built environment through design, policy making. The school’s vision is that people living in cities will experience more fulfilled and more sustainable lives and my work aims to design sustainable innovations that contribute to this change.
In my thesis I am looking at how we can knit together large industrial areas of London that have been disconnected from the rest of the city by re-distributing industry in the city. By bringing industry to the heart of the city, tight urban sites allow for a densified form of industry, thus saving on land and adding activity to disconnected pocket sites in central London.
By creating a new vertical form of architecture for recycling, the skyline acts as a visual beacon for the cities desire for a sustainable society. Through design the project highlights the dirty processes involved in dealing with our waste and forces us to confront the wasteful ways in which we live today.