(August 2016 - present)
Working as a part of Design Unlikely Futures along with Jimmy Loizeau and Liam Healy, we were exploring multiple channels of possibility for all kinds of interaction and ways to acknowledge and understand the space. One is the legitimisation of St. Michaels Church as a Space of architectural importance or as a heritage site or a listed building. Our intention is to look at how introducing a bureaucratic layer to the building might move it from a temporary, disposable, adhoc space into one that is respected, recognised and viewed through a legal lens. There are several reasons for doing this:
Firstly the church is one of several valuable community buildings within the jungle. The church is a space that caters for a religious community and acts as an important centre. It’s a space that goes beyond basic shelter and provides a valuable interactive space. It’s where people worship and it’s a place where people sing. The building itself was built by the inhabitants and is created with limited access to materials. The Church’s materiality is ‘of the space.’ And represents part of the jungle vernacular. Finally the recognition of the space bureaucratically complicates its destruction by the French authorities. Our intention is to try to get it listed, to try to get it preserved as a heritage site, to own it etc.
Design Unlikely Futures are a disparate, collaborative group of designers and artists that emerged from Goldsmiths via the Calais ‘Jungle' while working as volunteer builders in the camp. Our aim is to collaboratively design alternative futures for capturing the social, political and physical fabric of the site and documenting the camp, as a space, an evolving community, a population locked in transit.
Working backwards to create the architectural plan and model of the St. Michaels Church, I was looking for different ways to estimate the measurements of the building from the images I had found online
2D & 3D illustration
According to the estimations and drawing I began to make scale models
Cardboard & Gaffa tape
Scaled model 3D print of the church to be handed to the people leaving the camp as a souvenir. And more importantly to be handed to the mayor of Calais to shame him
After finalising the church models, I focused on other building of the camp such as this barber shop. The aim was to document the camp's architecture through estimated model making and drawings, to preserve and expose the space