After discussing field notes including the ‘smellscape’ and ‘contrasts’ we became interested in the ‘clues’ that appeared to want to form part of a personality or identity of whoever left them there. These included, for example, the different approaches of fixing or altering a brick wall or the mysterious presence of perfume along a street. Can we assume this is the presence of a women who lives nearby or is just visiting? We found ourselves asking more questions. What is a “craft”? Each one of these anonymous characters might have a different perception on what classifies as a “craft” . One attempt might look slap-dash to some, or perfect to others.
Our ‘Clues’ scenario takes a small stretch of Little London Road, located south-east of the Centenary Industrial Park. We tried to explore characters and what the characters may have or will experience / encounter from the clues gathered from the smellscape and historic map of Norton Hammer. Once we mapped the past and present we discussed the possible future. What smells have changed and what smells will come and go? Will these changes reflect on future characters of the area or the way the area is used / moved through? We noted particularly the presence of rubber tyre and car fume smells, that mark the age of the automobile and the industrial revolution. We are beginning to enter the hybrid / electric era, encouraging less fuel consumption and more walking, cycling or sharing. Cigarette laws are now changing and we see alternatives like vaping popularising. How will these effect smellscape and shape of the site? Could it turn into something new or slowly revert back to how it once was? How did / do / will our characters transport along this small stretch of Little London Road?
Robert Sorby Timber // effects on the past, present and future
We began to develop our scenario by focusing on a very specific area of the site – Robert Sorby Timber, a Sheffield based company which produces tools by-hand to carve and make objects from timber. The finished tools are stocked in Sheffield and various other parts of the UK. They are also shipped to countries all over Europe.
This area had conjured a lot of conversation when we had been discussing the field notes, so it seemed a logical starting point!
Past // Alice noticed razor wire along the top of a wall to prevent passage by humans. This didn’t look as though it was part of the original Architecture, which made us wonder whether it had been added as the result of a past event i.e. a break in.
There is a timber stile by Nursery Works, which has been crafted and placed to allow workers to access a make-shift sitting area next to the river. Could this stile have been made using Robert Sorby tools?
Present // The factory produces a lot of sound (beeping of reversing lorries and the banging from tools), and smells of sawn timber which have immediate effect on the residents in the same street. The smell of cigarette smoke discovered by the factory was from an employee taking a short break.
Future // We discovered a carved wooden chair around the corner from the site, with a sign resting on the seat which read ‘free to good home’. We pondered where this chair might be taken next. Perhaps it would be carried by an employee of Robert Sorby, and used during lunch breaks in the factory’s staff room.
There is an area of woodland to the North of the site. We considered the potential of this woodland for use by Sorby Timber in the future. Could it be feasible to grow trees there one day which would supply Robert Sorby with the timber for the handles on their tools? Or could the power of the rushing river one day be harnessed to produce hydroelectricity and run machinery in the factory?
Or, will Robert Sorby Timber be dissolved in the near future? Industry is definitely moving towards automation, and they are producing tools mainly by-hand, to be used by-hand when finished.
Our scenario is still very much a work in progress, but we will keep expanding and see where we end up!
The Climbing Works
With a complex and multi-faceted site we began by exploring a specific building.
The Centenary works is
Past – Present – Future
Our scenario is based on the development of the site throughout time. We focused on three main time periods: the 1890s, 1950s and 2010s and looked at its topography, buildings, landscape areas and road networks. We then tried to identify what has changed and what remained the same. Based on our scenario we developed our concept for the project and an approach to the site. Our aim is to create a strong connection between the industrial, landscape and housing areas and create a sense of community. The main agents we will be working with are the local business employees, the families and residents of the area as well as the public/visitors to the area. Our brief will be developed based on the needs of these agents and in collaboration with them.