Matt Sawyer – Leslie Jones Memorial Prize, Oxford Brookes School of Architecture
Matt’s project created devices and buildings to help people to explore London. ‘The Ariadne Device’ is worn on the explorer’s arm and powered by a swinging pendulum. As the wearer walks, the pendulum’s swing moves cogs and chains that force string through the device onto the London streets – so if the explorer gets lost they can retrace their steps. Matt also designed buildings to house large maps, made by the explorers who had used the Ariadne Device. They would replicate their journey onto sheets of parchment: visitors would travel around the maps on suspended walkways. In the buildings plants would be grown, to create ink for use on the maps.