Project description

In the thesis of ‘Artificial Excavation of Edinburgh’, the concept of a ground is investigated as an urban artificial stratum of man-made superficial deposits such as roads, concrete, and urban landscapes. This ground is visualised to hold archaeological layers of history alongside the ecological world in the form of ruins, natural sub-soil, and organic materials (plants) buried underneath the modern city of Edinburgh. Although Peter Eisenman in his concept of Artificial Excavation does not depend upon archaeology as his device for excavating the ground, my thesis intends to open up an archaeological narrative which utilises both the concepts of ‘archaeology’ and ‘artificial’ in correlation with one another where archaeological diagrams are used to investigate the historical layers of the city buried underneath the ‘artificial’ urban strata and the concept of a physical cut in the ground is employed to expose these layers in the city. This new urban narrative revisualizes the city as a site of continuous rediscovery as the ground is strategically and concurrently cut through different time periods (past, present, and future) revealing artificially [re]constructed fragments of memories unscathed in relation to a new vegetal world.

The Loving Metropolitan Landscape of Edinburgh
Axonometric View: The Loving Metropolitan Landscape of Edinburgh
The Loving Metropolitan Landscape of Edinburgh
Axonometric View: The Loving Metropolitan Landscape of Edinburgh
Grassmarket: A Study through Time
Grassmarket: A Study through Time
Section through Grassmarket (2050 A.D.)
Section through Grassmarket (2050 A.D.)
South Bridge: A Study through Time
South Bridge: A Study through Time
Section through South Bridge (2050 A.D.)
Section through South Bridge (2050 A.D.)