Journeys through space as architect Rupert Griffiths imagines the Borderlands at CUBE

By Laura Burgess | 04 May 2011
© Rupert Griffiths
Exhibition: Rupert Griffiths: Borderlands, CUBE, Manchester, May 6 - June 4 2011

Every city has its disused derelict areas, whether they are military, industrial or historical, constantly under pressure to be used for new housing or simply neglected.

In Borderlands, architect Rupert Griffiths looks at the tensions between legible places in the city and others left under the radar.
 
Griffiths has focused on abandoned and hidden landscapes with a particular interest in fragmented spaces found around roads, rail, river and canal systems, and the physical infrastructure of postindustrial spaces.

His work uses materials, processes and techniques to re-brand "failed" spaces undergoing redevelopment, adding architectural models, computer renderings, slick surfaces, diagrams, photographs and tidy trees. They are usually used to present an image of a cleaner, brighter and fictional future for the space.

The collection makes use of visual language in order to imbue a richness to dereliction. The methods by which the work was produced – 3D printing, laser cutting, laser etching and glass panels – do not match the places they represent.

These prototyping technologies are hijacked in order to describe archetypal space, uncertain but known – an entrance, a bridge, and an occluded alleyway.

This technology is often used to create architectural models, to communicate and describe, lending legitimacy to plans, concepts and ideas.

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