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Slow Machine


Design Thesis, Bachelor of Architecture, Tunghai University, Taiwan 

Tutor: Dr Hao-Hsiu Chiu

Honour of Distinction in thesis design, Tunghai University, Taiwan 

Finalists / IEAGD 2012 (International Exhibition of Architectural Graduation Designs)

Selected Participant / Archiprix International 2013 (World's Best Graduation Projects)

The death of material is not an event, it’s a phenomenon of existence, it belongs to a pattern.

Material obtains its integrity of existence in its death.

The process of destruction is quicker than that of production, but the waste pollutes the environment for a very long time. Actually it is the velocity that pollutes space and time, and also pollutes the environment.


When the environment is slowly involved in these machine/mechanisms, they gradually become part of the environment, that is, the present and the future of the environment and the machine.


How architecture can more actively respond to the natural conditions?

Not only minimize the negative impacts on them.

In the design, the incinerator will transform into a slow machine, the process of removal of the landfill will be organic and environmental, and the wastes will be transformed into new landscape materials.

During the process, the slow machine not only buries itself but also triggers new urban activities.

Ultimately, the slow machine gradually becomes part of the landscape, and the new waterfront park formed by new waste material starts to create a good relationship between the city and the river.

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