Friday01 August 2014

Class of 2011: Robert Ware, Royal College of Art

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The City of London’s security system has become obsolete. Terrorism is evolving.

Robert Ware

Robert Ware


Repository of the Eternal Now

Cyberattacks threaten increasingly vulnerable digital data whilst technologies dictate that we continually rely on its ubiquity. The country’s economy thrives off global trade establishing the London Stock Exchange as a principal terrorist target. The Church of England invests £4.5 Billion in the Stock Market as donations from churchgoers decline, so an interdependent solution uses new technologies to 3-dimensionally print volatile, digital stock market stat in stone in a perverse regression, providing a prophylaxis to modern terror and bestowing mutual longevity upon both the church and the economy.

My addition to St Paul’s Cathedral continuously builds itself up in real-time using data from the 41 stock market industry sectors, safely archiving the subsequent physical data in towers which grow in relation to the sector’s success. The repository finally fulfils Wren’s unaccomplished ambition for St. Paul’s incorporating a stark, securocratic exterior with a dynamic interior richly adorned with intertwining iconographies.


Robert Ware’s Repository of the Eternal Now is part of a year-long investigation that ADS1 undertook on the impact of digital technologies on urban environments. The site for the year was the City of London and students were encouraged to rethink how historical building types such as banks and churches would be impacted by the growing information revolution.

Robert concentrated on the issue of digital archiving; their endless growth, financial value and consequent exposure to cyberattacks. His project particularly explores how the London Stock exchange could protect and value its ever-growing database of transactions by storing it physically. Rather than relying on the internet, the data are reposited in stone, in real time in S. Paul’s Cathedral by rapid prototyping machines. By mutually shielding other’s interests, the project ironically celebrated the conflation of moral and financial values.

Robert’s project outstandingly wove together a variety o scales: from the urban move to complete Wren’s project to the exuberant detailing of the interiors, the proposal exquisitely demonstrated how historical architectural languages can co-exist with cutting-edge technologies.

The final drawings mix different media to coherently represent the building in a state of becoming: a small rapid-prototyping machine-which Robert built- add in real-time 3D parts to traditional plans and sections.

Roberto Bottazzi

Tobias Klein


Readers' comments (3)

  • bitter pill

    i think i prefer the original st paul's cathedral

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  • Ok. It's said that this is research. It's not. It's science fiction.

    this would never be built.
    it's totally immorally and unethical and therefore what's the point?
    how does keeping information in stone mean that it is kept from the public? how do you retain the data? would bankers really store information in stone? doubtful. do they need to? No

    it's poking fun at the Church, but it appears this kid has watch The Zeitgeist movies too many times.

    what are the lectuers doing by not criticising the plot holes in this work? It's daft.

    There's an old saying and it goes: don't bring me problems, bring me solutions.

    Why can't the architecture schools solve problems with the use of architecture rather than tip-toeing around what we could do if we had no ethics in the profession?

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  • Huh? What exactly are you talking about?

    That the feasibility of the project being built should be an indicator of the validity of the investigation shows that you know practically nothing about architectural education or practice. So we are not supposed to speculate in a spirit of informed discovery and academic enquiry?

    Can you explain exactly why it is unethical to represent the data that tracks the churches investments? Are you saying that 'beecos it is in da church mate'.

    Most of your comment displays an impressive inability at basic comprehension - clearly states that the data is being displayed TO the public and not HIDDEN from it, the project seems to be more about representing data in real time than creating an archive that can be used in any technical way, "the bankers" have no bearing on this project as it is proposed as being sited in St Paul's and belonging to the church itself.

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