FOUR MONUMENTATIONS OF THE SPRATLY ARCHIPELAGO 2018
Over the past decade, the Spratly Archipelago in the South China Sea has been a theatre of territorial disputes. To assert its claim over the territory, China has built a series of heavily militarized artificial islands. These man made pieces of land are more than inert constructs, they are markers, monuments, myth-makers. This project operates by delaminating a context, a reality. In untangling the endeavours of the actors in the Archipelago, the project unveils latent contemporary myths and conceptual ideals which buttress the prevailing ideologies at play. Through a series of four allegories, this project explores the monument's genesis, growth, consumption and death as a mean to propel these myths to their critical extreme revealing they true nature as constructs.
Ultimately the role of architecture is to provide the structures that enable us to interpret the world. The world that is of interest here is not the world as a reality but rather as a construct of our mind. Each narratives serves as a method to produce architectural meaning that could inlay itself between our current deluge of hyper active mass culture and the slow dialogue of grand narratives. The result in an overwhelm of absurdities which appears in the end to create instead a deep sincerity.
Nominated for the Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence 2018.