Cork Studies and "Phyto-filter" Prototype Installation
3-day collaborative intensive following a month long exploration of Portugal's material practices.
In collaboration with Alexa Thorne (BA Architecture) and Madison Murray (MA Landscape Design).
Working with the Lisbon Fabrication lab, we combined our research and field observations on Portugal's sustainable practices and systems of pattern. We were initially interested in the ability of cork to soak up oil, and the overarching problem of polluted runoff in Lisbon. We noticed high amounts of hard-scape, and low amounts of green-space in the city, and considered how to use the topography of the existing landscape in our design.
We thought about the different typologies of patterns in the city, such as the cobbled ground pattern and tiling systems, as a starting point towards creating a typology of pattern that incorporates function as well as aesthetics.
We used all natural cork products so that once the pockets filter out the pollutants from the runoff the entire bag can used as biofuel, and a series of filter pockets, that alternate from filter to phyto-plant pocket, to continually filter water as it passes through all of the stages. The modular support structure to allow for bags to be independently taken off and replaced when needed. Pockets are constructed with fabric-backed cork, cork granules, and insulation cork composite.
COMMUNITY / CULTURAL INVOLVEMENT:
Phyto-filter is a visual learning tool to inform viewers about the harmful effects of polluted runoff.
This project also addresses the need for preserving hand craftsmanship in Portugal, as this prototype was constructed by hand honoring the tradition of artisan work.
Sketchbook studies of cork composites (right)
Sketches of olive trees at Castelo de São Jorge and the interior of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (right)
Large tree in a cage in the midst of a construction site (right)
Sketch of tile installation by Haru Ishii (right)
1800 year old olive tree and cork application concept (right)
Wool fiber, dyes, and pattern studies (right)
Sketch of Alvaro Siza's Swimming Pools and Côa Valley (right)
Studies of cork and phyto-filter concept design (right)