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To start this months celebration of students work, we are celebrating the work of Dani Buban. Dani began his studies in 2009 at the University of Nottingham to complete his RIBA Part I. He then did a year of Architecture and Environmental Design (MSc) at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2016 with a distinction, which later led him to return to the University of Westminster, completing the RIBA part II in 2020 with a distinction. In between studies, Dani has worked as an Architecture Assistant and Graphic Designer both in the UK and abroad, accumulating a variety of skills from different locations.

Dani has a passion for everything creative, loves creating art, and studying animation in his spare time. He is hoping to complete his Part 3 with the ambition to begin making a positive change in the UK as well as his home country of Cameroon. Dani Buban's final Part II project uses a range of materials to create the design through unique model making and utilizes a combination of line drawing and digital representation. Please enjoy the work below along with his project story.

| Project Overview

This project takes the fundamental relationship between bodies and architecture as the starting point for unabashed speculation through filmic representations and haptic forms of making. The DS25 studio I was a part of deals with ‘Body Architecture’ by utilizing the concept of ‘Body Agents’, which can be described as figural representations that serve to explore architectural possibilities, as well as offering up non-informative ideas of the body in architecture. Using elements from De Chirico’s paintings, the project explores how memory can be triggered by the surreal.

| Project Overview

The goal of the project was to bring key elements from both a fictional and real world in order to create an architectural hybrid. What would it look like if the surreal objects from the works of an artist such as Giorgio De Chirico, gained sentience and inhabited modernist architecture, such as that pioneered by the New York Five architects? This would serve as the primary basis for a narrative. The project also utilises the Five Rhetorics from the 'Art of Memory', a system created by the Greek lyricist Simonides, as a means of addressing the ephemeral qualities of memory. Architecture itself acts as a memory locus - its materials, arrangements and forms all store memory. By intersecting the real and the surreal with the architecture, we create memory that not only becomes physically archived, but also helps rehabilitate those with memory loss.

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