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Jordan Grady
Masters Of Architecture

Welsh School Of Architecture

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Architecture / Graphic Design / Fine Art

My location: London, United Kingdom

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Jordan Grady

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First Name: Jordan

Last Name: Grady

University / College: Welsh School Of Architecture

Course / Program: Masters Of Architecture

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Architecture / Graphic Design / Fine Art

My Location: London, United Kingdom

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My work expresses my keen interest in heritage and conservation architecture alongside modern and contextually sensitive interventions. My projects combine existing heritage architecture with a series of carefully considered contrasting pieces that compliment and respect the history of the context, re-using and re-purposing existing materials with the intent to create architecture for the future that reflects upon the past.

A Continuous Narrative of Industry

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The thesis concept derives from theories surrounding the adaptive reuse of historic fabric, focusing on curated decay, preservation and continuous narrative. These theories recognise that a sense of ‘place’ within architecture is created from a combination of tangible and intangible elements, leaving abandoned buildings as in between places on the precipice of the past and the present. It is the physical artefact of past memory that remains, presenting the question of how to sensitively but efficiently reuse this fabric. The design thesis seeks to explore how theory for the conservation of historic architecture can be applied to Crumlin Navigation Colliery in South Wales. It aims to discover how to appropriately weave this existing fabric into a new low-carbon, sustainable architecture, whilst protecting and integrating the historical value and interwoven memories of the Crumlin community. New suggested methods of repair and a re-consideration of the listing process are vital for the thesis conservation principles to be successful, aiming to productively reshape the negative connotations related to Industry in South Wales and allowing this to inform the future of the site. With the intention to create a continuous narrative of industry in the scheme, the programme develops on the Medical Technology sector of Wales, with key elements such as flexible laboratory space, offices and a research library that are supported and passively heated by a data centre.