The City and the Isolated Landscape

Aidan Conway

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Tags Form & Object, Isolated Landscapes, Scale
Year 2016


This study aimed to develop an approach to design within the isolated landscapes of the Mayo, Ireland. To question how to resolve the man made object and isolated landscape. To investigate the problems of reconciliation a conflict must be created. Namely countering this extreme form of nature with the pinnacle of culture and the manmade, the city. A greater understanding of both was required, research focused on the landscape and the various methods of reading and interpreting it, along with a study of the city and its fundamental elements. This resulted in an extremely disparate scale of landscape and object. This is reconciled via a perceptual trick. An urban scenario is constructed of the formal reductions analysed in the study of the city, these obscure the landscape to construct an urban scene, in turn creating a formal reduction of the landscape itself. The function of each is forced to perform formally as both a haphazard simple volume in the landscape and in the urban scenario which had been posed. Through treading this line it seeks to unify both.


12, Tallagh, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland