• The Rise of the Infinity Pool: A Tour

Joseph-Lester, Jaspar, 2016, Conference or Workshop, The Rise of the Infinity Pool: A Tour at Heritage Immigration and Temporary Fabrications, London, UK, 19 Nov 2016.

Abstract or Description:

Abandoned Facilities & Housing Immigration overlap, as each strand is interested in the ground-up and ad hoc construction of either crisis architectures, which house people, or museums of immigration that house artefacts of those whom have had to relocate. Both constructions have an uncertain status in terms of the nation state that houses them: museums of immigration aim to give other cultures a voice highlighting that they are part of the national culture and identity. Crisis architectures are temporary because the nation state does not necessarily see them as permanent structures, as it is often part of the governmental policy that the citizens or the intervention do not remain in the country. To summarise, the buildings and national agenda for museums of immigration may remain permanent but their approach to presenting immigration changes following new developments in immigration history. In contrast, the crisis centres are both necessarily built in an ad hoc fashion but are also pre-empted as temporary by the governments involved because the immanent issue that caused their construction is always intended to be resolved so the architectures can be dismantled.

Our tour of Embassy Gardens will explore the recent influx of rooftop infinity pools. Starting with Embassy Gardens, which boasts a new 82 feet long glass bottom pool that stretches between the complex's two towers, we will look over to Battersea Power station to consider the plans for a new rooftop pool overlooking the Thames. The tour will end in the Embassy Gardens marketing pavilion, itself a temporary fabrication and home to a number of state of the art architectural models.

Official URL: http://beaconsfield.ltd.uk/provisional-conditions/
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: Beaconsfield Gallery
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 13:32
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:46
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2168
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