July 1, 2008

Tectonic Folly: Scuppers

This is a flagship mockitecture project by myself and my colleague N_O_R_T_O_N. It is one of the first examples of tectonic folly ever to be produced. The scuppers are built like normal scuppers are, but the drains below are built into small folly like arrangements, using buckets to catch the water. When enough rain is collected, the buckets continually overflow into the drains below.

These buckets overflowing are a familiar idea for anyone to grasp. This would be "an assemblage of everyday elements recognizable to a normal man and not only to an architect." (Stirling, Writings on Architecture) The action signified by the overflowing water reminds users of the building or surrounding buildings that it is indeed raining. The amount of rain would determine the intensity of the overflowing.

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