Isaac Nanabeyin Simpson

An Architecture between Cultures: The Highland’s Council

Isaac Nanabeyin Simpson looks at the dominant history that has always been the British gaze mapped onto the African landscape.

The Fall of the Vessel. Computer Generated Image. (Photo credit I. Simpson, 2020)

Who should own the land of the Scottish Highlands?

We find ourselves always looking at the ‘radical’ politics elsewhere, instead of the national politics. This project will reverse that construction, imagining the African gaze mapped onto the British landscape, to describe a ‘radical’ idea in response to the question: who should own the land of the Scottish Highlands?

The project’s ambition is to challenge existing land-ownership boundaries by constructing a radical vessel that roams across the highlands, rehabilitating the land and cultivating conversations in a way that requires communities’ cultural diversity and appreciation.

The Vessel, under the ‘right to roam’ act, is hauled across borders by the people, reconstructing the land as per the conversations of the commissions and communities. Drawing. (Photo credit I. Simpson, 2020)

The fabrication of the Vessel's earth wheels allows for collapse and reuse. By doing so the temporality of the vessel continuously resets its authorship in the hands of the living generation. Computer Generated Image (Photo credit I. Simpson, 2020)


Name Isaac Nanabeyin Simpson (he/him)
Role Staff
Deparment The Bartlett School of Architecture


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