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Abe Huang

zhongliang.huang.15@ucl.ac.uk

All space has the potential to be profitable, now or in the future. Investing and de-investing may turn any place from a waste to a valuable resource. Ruins, therefore, serve to challenge the idea that all space is abstract, a location of present or future production that can be  measured, apportioned, and exploited for profit. In this project, a new and systematic model is created and explored in Wolverton Railway Works, a derelict industrial ruin site. According to the thesis mentioned above, a way that may balance the performance between the built environment and nature in the derelict industrial landscape is suggested.    

 

Wolverton railway works were established in Wolverton town, Milton Keynes, at the midpoint of the 180-kilometre route from London to Birmingham. In modern times Wolverton railway works remain notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. Because of the long-time disuse and temporal destruction of part of the works, the internal space of the factory became the best growing place for the plant. The South part of the site will be left to ruinate and eventually self-grow into a garden while the north side of it will follow the existing steel truss grid, establishing a new tech school to celebrate and echo the previous local science and art institute culture. The sunshine and rainwater spilt through the destroyed interstice of the building, producing the ruined space filled with wayward spaces

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