Thank goodness for long layovers and being stuck on tarmac. I was thinking about how to tighten up my research on construction related to different cultures and doing some writing. I had bought a copy of Dwell (the new issue about prefab) and was pondering whether prefabrication was a good avenue to narrow my investigation. After my copy of the magazine was "stolen" by the cleaning crew in between plane changes, I took it as an omen from the architecture gods that I wasn't quite there yet. After further head scratching and pencil chewing, I started to realize the common thread in the projects I was drawn to was their locations.
Casa Malaparte, Thermal Baths, Ronchamp, Thorncrown Chapel, the South Pole research station, and Petra (among others) all had the challenge of a remote site in order to spur their unique construction techniques. Petra was carved out of stone b/c there were no other materials to be had, and Thorncrown Chapel had to have timber pieces which could be carried by two men far inside the forest. At the South Pole, only materials which fit into a HERC LC130 (cargo plane) could be flown into the desolate iceland.
It is the extremity of the site that led to these projects developing a unique and site-specific context in which to build. Since the easy options of calling a dump truck or concrete mixer are exhausted, other avenues of construction must be explored. I've titled my investigation "RE:mote Controlled : building in areas of isolation" to signify the updated research topic. As now and in the future, comments are welcome and would be greatly appreciated if you have examples that I should know about!