I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of doing competitions. Here’s our* entry to the first brief for the Line of Site competiton.

If you’re interested in the McLarenesque ‘how we work’ story you can see the project notes and evolution on the Backpack page I used: Everest Base Camp. There’s a Sketchup model buried in there and a montage that was also submitted as an alternative approach to the same early concept. Unfortunately the notes don’t really track the most fruitful exchanges that went on between team members in the pub and my mobile phone involving the dimensions required for Yak turning circles.

Lightweight hi-tech solutions brought from afar tethered to heavyweight indigenous material, mediated by complex cultural interchanges between travellers and locals, transmitted via dishes of digital noise and walls of faith and prayer.

With big pipes to get rid of the crap.

Here’s the mandatory hyperbole that was submitted with the image.

A collection of conditions loose enough to accomodate the complex topography, climate and culture forming a balance between the permanent, semi-permanent and fleeting.

Inverted moraine diagrams turn the lateral and medial trails left by supraglacial debris into hill hugging weather buffers of shelter and prayer.

Walls built from the mountain rock with the services buried inside them stand unmoved across millennia and provide an anchor to the fleeting visits of travellers and their technology.


There are further images in a flickr set: Everest Base Camp sketches.

* This was a collaboration with Tom Booker, Rob Squibb and David Sauvion.