Just in terms of keeping everyone updated:
I have taken a few steps back over the last couple of days as I have been struggling to justify the need for a standalone data bank on the water without first addressing any other future RDM development. I also think it would be more interesting in terms of 'urban fabric' to investigate possibilities for RDM expansion into and around the existing warehouse buildings on the site. I don't think this has rendered the data bank obsolete, however I would like to integrate it into a more considered masterplan for the entire site. Elin and myself are beginning to share ideas on this.
I have been looking into the issues surrounding education under capitalism and also some theories on what universities might be like in the future particularly focusing on their hierarchy, function and educational culture in a post-capitalist society. I am interested in how the universities of today are governed from a hierarchal perspective compared to how they might be run in the future. This could influence the architecture, both literally and symbolically.
I am working on two graphical diagrams explaining existing and proposed governance and economic motivators within universities informed by the texts that I've attached to this post. The diagrams are drawn from the perspective of someone moving through the existing and proposed systems. The plan is to take that individual and use him/her within my building proposal. As I'm doing this I'm trying to work on a masterplan for the RDM site and think about spaces within a building proposal. I've been quite stuck with it all, but I'm hoping this will help me move forward.
Hopefully I'll post these diagrams tomorrow.
Links to texts below: