Sam Little Presentation Notes


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-To enhance the performance you could give people infrared night vision goggles, which is like watching bright objects moving around.  This could be another way to explore and integrate the work.

-Pick another site, perhaps near your house where there are actually horseshoe bats hanging around.  Alternatively the brown long eared bats have a light sampling performance that you could play off of.

-You could have insects in the theatre with a fine net between you and the bats to protect you from the poop, but also be a further screen.  It is like when a screen comes in front of the stage in Swan Lake.

-Play with the idea of surface and echo location.

-It could have other purposes as well such as moon observation and other nocturnal things.

Maya’s Notes

We spoke a lot about the program and what could be done.  This tells me that you need a really clear narrative or performance to be structured to lead people through the building.  The ceiling, which is the focus of the work is really clear.  You need to have a clear section through the building in order to explain to people how it works.  I would suggest to you that you write out what you are going to say so to make sure everything is covered and it tells the story you want.  Then look back at the work on the wall and see what elements will help you to tell that story.  Overall it is a really exciting project that could be taken further.  You can begin to talk about rough and smooth surfaces for the humans to sit upon that choreographs their placement.  Great job!

Sonia’s feed back notes


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-Exciting and innovative project.  The key question is what motivates the bats to go down into the underground?  What motivates the bats to enter the special bat tube and not just inhabit the tunnels?  One suggestion could be an insect colony at the bottom of the tube that would keep them there.

-Does the tube move or is it static?  One suggestion was that the tube could move between the Bat Gardens and be a short cut to Regents park.

-The towers at the top of the park that act as the entrances could also be used for roosting.  This could be a project that accommodates bats throughout the year.  In the summer they can roost at the top and in the winter when the hibernate they can go into the tunnel.

-The use of rough wood was really great.

-We loved all of the details that you thought of, the sign that says “bat gardens” and how it is located in the existing tube map was great.

-It may be difficult to see the bats and having a glass screen may be hard to keep low light levels.  Perhaps a permeable screen would be more appropriate.  You need to develop this further.

-You could take advantage of the video advertising spaces and use cameras to display the bats.  This way there is an interaction, but they are not disturbed.

-Wonderful & playful project.  It looks like you had lots of fun with it and that shows in the work.


Ramsey Yassa’s Crit Notes


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-The building has a unique shape it would be great to see how the shape was informed by the orientation in the square, how it receives sun light, or how the bats enter the space.  It needs to be a bit more specific to some external factor.

-Look at passive building structures, this could be a passive building that has both an aesthetic and technical reason for its shape.

-You have lots of lovely atmospheric drawings now it is time to do some technical drawings to back it up.  Draw a plan, and section through the building to indicate how it is used and the relationship between the book exchange space and the bat space.  We need some very simple diagrams that explain how the space works.

-The green roof corridor is a great idea, but needs a bit of work to make it convincing.  Start with a map and on a 2-d surface map out where the green roofs would be.  Then begin to look at what type of biodiversity is required on the green roofs for the bats to make their pits stops there.

-You played with the latex and some of its qualities such as translucency and skin like surfaces need to come through into your work.  Play a bit more and then translate those material properties into the building.

-It is a very rich idea that we can link declining bats populations with a decline in readership of books.  You are making a wonderful observation and social commentary.

-Look at the logistics of reading and the light quality needed.

Maya’s additional notes

This is a very rich and diverse project that has many different vantage points by which you can engage with it.  You an bring it full circle with introducing insect houses on top of the green roofs to encourage the bats to travel to the park.  Do the section through the building and show how it is used and how your beautiful spaces relate to one another.  Once you bring in another factor such as sun orientation and temperature you building shape will change and become much more site specific.  Beautiful project, perhaps it requires being formatted into a little book that would be part of the book exchange?

Oscar’s Crit Notes


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Oscar Crit Review Notes

-there could be some static and some moving components, the boxes for the bats look as if they would like to move

-Look into the details, a green roof is really heavy and needs some more structural support, your roof needs to beef up a bit

-Taking into consideration that a consistent temperature is really important for the bats, thin plywood construction may not be enough.  You may want to show some insulation

-the spaces for the bats to huddle in should be a bit closer together about 2 cm

-the opening should not be one continuous slit, and instead a series of small slits at 2 cm width

-there was talk about the over all formal language of the piece.  Perhaps make it more symmetrical or at least make the side stretching over the pathway a little more delicate.  This could be done with a cable support system or something that talks about the webbed space between the wings.

-this project has a great sociological factor to it.  It comes full circle and talks about ecology and life cycles.

-What would you serve at the bat snack shack?  Fruit?  Could this drive your design?

-It is a great integration of bat habitat and foraging.

Maya’s Additional Comments

-Overall this is a great project.  You have taken your interest in bat foraging and hunting of insects and managed to tie it into a building that brings human activity into the mix.  It its own mini ecosystem and you could begin to do drawings that speak about how this ecosystem works and what aspects of the building support it.  I think a more refined drawing of how the bats will enter and inhabit their bat boxes and then go and hunt the insects would be spectacular.

About Oscar’s Bat Snack Shack


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The Bat Snack Shop

This project has been developed from an in-depth study on the properties of different Bat species that enable them to exist in their habitats. The design is inspired by the appearance on a Bat with its wings wide spread and provides a shelter that allows Bats to co-exist with human beings. Located within a remote landscape near Erith, Kent  the Snack shop is timber frame structure and is also clad with timber weatherboard (oak) .  A green roof is used on this structure to make it more sustainable and attract Bats which feed on insects hence encouraging them to inhabit the boxes .

About Sam’s Project “Bat Performance Centre”


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The idea behind my ‘cohabitable architecture’ project is looking at the possibility of bats performing and providing entertainment for humans. My idea came from looking at how the horseshoe bats flew into their roosts to hang upside down. The bats, when roosting, don’t congregate in any particular formation.

My inspiration came from the idea of manipulating a space so that bats congregated in a certain areas and in certain shapes. I could do this by varying the surface textures and depths of the ceiling from where the bats are hanging, to form shapes.

I took direct inspiration from the artist Bridget Riley in deciding what kind of space I wanted the bats to congregate in, the thinking was that the bats and the space together could form a work of art in her style.

People would seat themselves in this “theatrical” space around dusk, to see the bats going and returning from feeding times and therefore bringing alive the work of art which is depicted on the ceiling. This concept, in itself has sparked off many other avenues that I would like to explore within this project, to do with choreographing bat formations and making the show more interactive, not just on a visual level but on other levels like for example sound. I am also going to look into what other uses the bat theatre can have for humans during times when it is or it is’nt, inhabited by bats.