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Plan of Action.

What’s this? A new research direction that isn’t vague?!

The towns are SO very diverse, even for such a small area! They house era’s worth of information, with changes to life and land between them. Their individual origins and reasons for existing have now evolved, through temporary and permanent situations, to arrive at something that resembles the North Norfolk Coast.

So now, a way of organising this wealth of knowledge needs to be formulated. And here’s the result:

Wider Context through the ages

Factual info about anything in between Cromer and Greater Yarmouth (focus on the coastal towns, BUT NOT exclusively; include inland) with a focus on:

Broad trends

Population (doomsday book up to 2001 census)

Notable interesting points/features in the history or landscape of the village/area

(Pictorial –  rail/road links, trade/market links, settlement, dangerous coast (lifeboat/lighthouse/shipwreck), change in coastline, lost villages, land use, building density)

Case Studies

Specific examples that show general trends/odd extremes with a focus on:

Wider relation to context (all above links, whether physical or implied use), then zoom…

Pictorial/Visual change (aerial?, as it was, as it is, photo series)

History of town (notable people/events/buildings/info, industry, development)


Before I forget, all this will (hopefully) be mirrored with an ‘across the pond’ equivalent study! This will  give further insight into the effects of coastal erosion. And back…

North Norfolk Coast

The map version of the North Norfolk Coast

Norfolk Towns for further investigation:

Trimingham, Paston, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Winterton-On-Sea, Hemsby, Caister-On-Sea and Great Yarmouth

of these 8, 3 will be selected for the case study depending on the history and insight that can be given.

Til then!



An architectural solution can easily be implanted on the landscape. And contrary to popular belief, most proposals will most likely look reasonable since everyone knows the rough typology and architecture available in the UK. However, that would be conceptually pointless and far too easy!

So, instead, how about ACTUALLY looking at the area. Researching it, understanding it, getting a feel for what this town is like. Going through enough context that upon arrival in the site visit, it will feel like you’d been there before. Going through enough accounts and photos and texts that even the tiniest detail, such as unrecognizable beach rock, will excite you.

SO here we are. How do I get to that stage. Starting is always the hardest point. And cue Wikipedia. The basis for which much research begins. An easy, albeit concise read of every town and village from Great Yarmouth all the way upto Cromer produces a striking map of the now and some interesting facts of the past.

Town Mapping

The process of quick research that gives an overview

This gives a strong line of insight, and from there distinct avenues of research can be pursued.

The intention of this project includes, but is not limited to, monitoring/observing/accelerating/decelerating/reversing the coastal erosion at the North Norfolk Coastal region.

We can choose to intervene or just watch. Watching can involve a descriptive/changeable architecture. Intervening (whether immediately or after a number of years of erosion) can be in either a landward or seaward direction.

The first look.


The theme of initial study and research for the split unit I’m in. The large amount of information to trawl through is separated among smaller groups to allow for a final and thorough amalgamated research document.

Looking at social changes that are affected by or affect the history.


The coast is changing. The coast is receding. The safety of land with it.

Buildings are being dragged into the sea with the land it is reclaiming. Natural conditions have led to what was once a town far from the beach being at the mercy of a cliff edge. At 1m a year, the erosion is severe and nowhere is it felt more strongly than the community of Happisburgh (‘haze-bruh’ or haze-buruh’ for those of us with an accent  :P).

A plan will help to draw up research avenue conclusions…so that’s next.

This blog is intended to document the research and design process through studio projects.

The main reason for me to start an online invasive diary of my design life  is to act as a way of communicating information to those I work with, and for my own personal recall, I’m OCD like that…

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