Cameron Fullmer: Polar Flux

Cam Fullmer

Instagram handle: @cam_______fullmer

I am 23 years old and currently living in Richmond, Virginia.  I am the founder of MEAT Office for Design and a project designer at Baskervill.  After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in May 2016 with a BS in Architecture, I established my office: MEAT Office for DEsign, and work as a project designer at Baskervill. My recent work with MEAT has been community-focused; specifically studying the spatial concerns of Syrian Refugees in Europe and the impact of climate change in Arctic communities. 


POLAR FLUX : ENGAGING DYNAMIC COASTAL BOUNDARIES THROUGH TEMPORARY CONNECTIONS

Project Statement: This project was completed as a part of the Arctic Design Group (ADG) traveling studio in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway; the northern-most permanent settlement in the world.  Under the pilotage of Dr. Matthew Jull and Leena Cho (founders of ADG and Kutonotuk), I studied the conditions of coastal material fluctuation, permafrost resilience, and seasonal accessibility: all defining factors in Arctic urbanism.

Project Description: A PRIVATE LABYRINTH OF PROGRAM WITH A PUBLIC AGENDA ENGAGES THE SHIFTING GRAVEL COASTLINE OF LONGYEARBYEN . THE THRESHOLD BRIDGES THE TWO BANKS OF THE LONGYEARBYEN RIVER ESTUARY SEASONALLY AND CONNECTS TWO SECTIONS OF THE CITY WHICH CURRENTLY EXIST IN ISOLATION FROM ONE ANOTHER. THE FORMATION OF SEA ICE AND GRAVEL DEPOSITS ALLOW ACCESSIBILITY TO CERTAIN PROGRAMS OF THE BRIDGE. BY ISOLATING CERTAIN PROGRAM FROM THE CENTRAL PEDESTRIAN PATH, ACCESSIBILITY IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN CONDITIONS. THE VARYING CONDITIONS OF NARROW SPACES ALLOW FOR PROGRAMS TO CREATE MICRO-CLIMATES OUTSIDE OF THE WALLS WHICH ENCLOSE THEM. THIS ALLOWS FOR A FUNCTIONAL YEAR-ROUND BUILDING WHICH IS AS SEASONALLY DYNAMIC AS THE ARCTIC ITSELF.