Darryl Chen, 27 07 08


Barbicanism and its Errant Child refers to the critical process of urbanism as the city makes and remakes itself, and more specifically to the Barbican as a potent reference point. This project is for the Bishopsgate Goodsyard, a long vacant site in London’s inner city. The Barbican’s own ideals, aspirations and current state of post-pubescent maturity indicate how one might go about developing a large brownfield site on the fringe of the highest concentration of financial capability in the world.

One a ‘comprehensive development’, the other a latent brownfield – both are sites of an excacerbated dispute between the historically underpriveleged inner city fringe and the global financial powerhouse of the City of London.

Drawing both upon spatial research of the Barbican and the socio-political potential of Frampton’s megaform a proposition emerges for the goodsyard that potentializes urban mass to valorize its context and engage a strategy of permeability without resorting to a suffocating discourse of streets.


This urban proposition seeks to differentiate the site through site-specfic building types ordered by strips, valves and conditioned ground. The final “deliverable” is a frustratingly unformed architecture but nevertheless a critically loaded spatial proposal – a mutant offspring of modernist ideals, the youngest in a genealogy of megaforms, an errant child of Barbicanism.

[in collaboration with Dale Liao]

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