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John Mark McIlroy

Master of Architecture (Part II), MArch

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An aspiring architect who dislikes writing ‘about me’ sections.

Afrikaanderwijk, a neighbourhood in Rotterdam, is currently experiencing state-led gentrification, displacing and alienating an existing and vibrant community. This project takes a critical stance against such gentrification, and offers a counter proposal to an existing residential development, currently being proposed on the ruins of a recently demolished social housing block.

From design decisions to structural and material considerations, this proposal makes a case for alternative modes of development and design, that can support and foster rather than displace the community in Afrikaanderwijk.

Diagrammatic Proposal I

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Diagrammatic Proposal II

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Ground Floor in Context

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Long Section

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Material Considerations I

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Material Considerations II

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The Repair Cafe

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Balustrade to External Wall Detail

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Primary Structural Connection Detail

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External Façade

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Keywords: Architecture, Agency, Collectivity, Participatory, Oppositional


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