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Edith Linnea Fung

http://edy-f.com/

London, United Kingdom
Edith Linnea Fung is a multi­disciplinary creative specialising in architecture, design and curating based between London and Hong Kong. She developed an interest in the expanded field since graduated from the Royal College of Art. Currently she focuses on experimenting art forms produced across writing, moving images and narrative space.

The Garden in the Machine


Technology and the Neo Pastoral Ideals

The Garden in the Machine


Technology and the Neo Pastoral Ideals
an ongoing exploration for a decelerated architectural language relevant to the 21st century

The country - enigmatic, tranquil, retreat. The urban dweller’s obsession with the forest cabin, or ‘glamping’, can be observed everywhere in the media. Passed on from the last century is this outdated and deluted association to the sense of rural nostalgia. But how much does the country feed into our pastoral ideals?

Rem Koolhaas referred the country as a ‘toxic mix of genetic experiment, science, industrial nostalgia, seasonal immigration, territorial buying sprees, massive subsidies, incidental inhabitation, tax incentives, investment, political turmoil’, and hence ‘more volatile than the most accelerated city.’

If the 20th century’s avant-garde movements such as constructivism developed an aesthetic language on helping civilisation cope with the quicker pace and dynamics of urban life, what should be today’s language that REALLY responds to the overwhelming speed of information and technology?


A photo documentation of functioning barns in the countryside of Ireland. These structures of curved and geometric elements, are prefabricated but organically arranged, forming a hybrid of rural vernacular and constructivist like architecture. A great variation of forms are achieved by different arrangements of only two simple typologies, and the result is both primitive and futuristic.

In response to Leo Marx’s criticism on the progression imposed by advanced technology interrupting the perpetual pastoral imagery, thus the title of this project. Can we recreate the pastoral sentiments again from inside today’s machine way of life?

Abstracted components that form the basis of geometric composition

Example scheme proposed in a circular layout with reference of mythological rural settlements

The Garden in the Machine


Technology and the Neo Pastoral Ideals

The Garden in the Machine


Technology and the Neo Pastoral Ideals
an ongoing exploration for a decelerated architectural language relevant to the 21st century

The country - enigmatic, tranquil, retreat. The urban dweller’s obsession with the forest cabin, or ‘glamping’, can be observed everywhere in the media. Passed on from the last century is this outdated and deluted association to the sense of rural nostalgia. But how much does the country feed into our pastoral ideals?

Rem Koolhaas referred the country as a ‘toxic mix of genetic experiment, science, industrial nostalgia, seasonal immigration, territorial buying sprees, massive subsidies, incidental inhabitation, tax incentives, investment, political turmoil’, and hence ‘more volatile than the most accelerated city.’

If the 20th century’s avant-garde movements such as constructivism developed an aesthetic language on helping civilisation cope with the quicker pace and dynamics of urban life, what should be today’s language that REALLY responds to the overwhelming speed of information and technology?


A photo documentation of functioning barns in the countryside of Ireland. These structures of curved and geometric elements, are prefabricated but organically arranged, forming a hybrid of rural vernacular and constructivist like architecture. A great variation of forms are achieved by different arrangements of only two simple typologies, and the result is both primitive and futuristic.

In response to Leo Marx’s criticism on the progression imposed by advanced technology interrupting the perpetual pastoral imagery, thus the title of this project. Can we recreate the pastoral sentiments again from inside today’s machine way of life?

Abstracted components that form the basis of geometric composition

Example scheme proposed in a circular layout with reference of mythological rural settlements


Idea by

Edith Linnea Fung
London
United Kingdom
Edith Linnea Fung is a multi­disciplinary creative specialising in architecture, design and curating based between London and Hong Kong. She developed an interest in the expanded field since graduated from the Royal College of Art. Currently she focuses on experimenting art forms produced across writing, moving images and narrative space.