Cities

Cass Cities is a bold venture

The shaping of cities is a vast collaboration in which we can all participate, but not without some skill and determination, and some focus on what kind of good we are wanting. When people with nimble design minds push their way forward and find a strong role it is usually productive, and our places come out the richer for it. Cass Cities is a bold venture, led by Professor MarkBrearley, to help with make that happen..

The Cass is amidst a golden opportunity. Our city is fast changing, and that change needs careful consideration, subtle steering. We are lucky that so many good people here, at the Cass, have an incisive contribution to make to the discussion about London, and about other cities, and to the process of change. Those people are able to initiate, to challenge, to observe. Those people have a flair for making good things happen. And there is also here a remarkable and ever evolving collection of students. At Aldgate we host a big bundle of enthusiasm, intelligence, creativity and skill. We are well embedded in this wonderful and bewildering city, and are laden with talented urbanists. They are observers, drawers, mappers, photographers, designers and proposers, plan makers, teachers, no-nonsense researchers, urban make-it-happen people and activists, architects who are able at once to be sensitive to, and rough with, the city.

So how could we not make all this more visible and start rolling a snowball, to somewhere high impact, and offer it all up to our city and the world? That is what we are doing now, with Cass Cities, and we are making it grow, excitedly rolling that snowball.

Expect to hear strong things about London and about cities from us here. Expect to see us making it up as we go along, seizing opportunities, linking up, fanning flames, being entrepreneurial, nurturing and helping. Affecting as well as understanding, being part of it not just watching. Following our convictions and using our flair to help make the city better.

Here you can find a taster of what we are doing, and some of the people involved, working from our room overlooking Whitechapel High Street, across the Cass, and beyond.

To find our more please contact Mark Brearley.

Urbanism at The Cass

Here are some examples of the extensive urban research we have been undertaking.

Urbanism at The Cass

Mark Brearley, Lara Kinneir, Fenna Haakma Wagenaar and Adam Towle

An architectural design laboratory in the CASS, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

Focuses on civic culture and urban research under the rubric of ‘practical wisdom’.

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More Made in Hayes

Updates on The Cass Made in Hayes projects

Where is Tottenham's Economy?

Audit of the depth of Tottenham High Street

Studio 13: Making in London

Mark Brearley and Jane Clossick

The East End Archive

Online resource focusing on the physical and conceptual East End of London.

Made in Hayes

Working with local public and private bodies in Hayes to propose and develop projects in the town centre and surrounding area.

Rainham Marches

A unique landscape and urban project

The Aldgate Project

A cross-disciplinary project, with 20 different groups of students engaging in products based in and developed in response to the area of Aldgate in East London.

Brazil Study Programme Living in the City

The School of Architecture continues to co-ordinate the Brazil Study Programme to explore transformative outcomes for a new approach to urbanism and professional collaboration.

Architecture Research Unit

An architectural design laboratory in the CASS, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

The Unpublishables #2 issue launch

Launch evening, Thursday 6th March

Launch evening for publication dedicated to young architects developing their own written polemics, research and thought pieces.

People

Professor Florian Beigel

Director of ARU

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

Professor Mark Brearley

Associate Professor and Head of Cass Cities

Architect who has concentrated for twenty-six years on urban projects and nurturing the evolution of places.

Professor Peter Carl

Leader of PhD in Architecture

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture-RIBA Part 2 (Free Unit Tutor).

Philip Christou

Co-Director of ARU

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 & 2.

Jane Clossick

PhD student at London Metropolitan University

Trained as an architect at The University of Sheffield and the University of East London and worked at practices in London and Manchester before beginning her doctoral studies in 2010.

Sarah Considine

Associate of Cass Cities and guest teacher with The Cass Cities courses

Engaged in urban change through her role in the Mayor of London’s Regeneration team, working on place-shaping projects, strategies and research across London.

Sandra Denicke-Polcher

Deputy Head of the School of Architecture

Sandra Denicke-Polcher has been Deputy Head of the School of Architecture since 2013 and has been teaching the Live Projects Studio 3 at London Metropolitan University since 2000.

Danielle Hewitt

Cass Culture Research Coordinator

Cass Culture Research Coordinator

Lara Kinneir

Senior Lecturer

Lara is interested in people and places, and applying an in-depth understanding of the processes required to deliver positive urban change.

Mark Smith

Cass Cities and teaches on the BA (Hons) Architecture

Mark is an architect and urbanist whose primary interest is in the public places, landscapes and everyday life of the city.

Adam Towle

Teaches Cass Cities MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design

A Cass Cities MA studio and exploration teacher, Adam is a founding associate of Cass Cities and Mark Brearley’s office at The Cass.

Fenna Haakma Wagenaar

Guest studio teacher, MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design

Fenna is a guest studio teacher on the MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design course and is an associate of Cass Cities.

Ellis Woodman

Co-leader of Dissertation Studio 12: London Walks

Ellis Woodman practised as an architect before becoming a full-time writer and editor in 2003.

Recent news from The Cass

Cass academics feature In Residence

8 September – 27 November

Cass academics' work features in exhibition for Oslo Architecture Triennale.

Tate Britain acquires Letter to Michael Gove

Cass professor's work makes national collection

Tate Britain acquires celebrated protest painting by artist(s) and Cass professor(s) Bob and Roberta Smith.

The Cass at Photomonth

October and November

Cass staff, students and alumni participate in East London's international festival of photography.

The squid revolution has begun

16–23 July 2016

Cass tutors, students and alumni take part in the first instalment of Revoluzione Delle Seppie, a workshop in Calabria, Italy, in collaboration with a local refugee centre.

Cass named amongst London’s most influential

A number of people from across The Cass have been named in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000, a list of London’s most influential people of 2016.

After London

The exhibition is on 4-15 October 2016

The Cass presents an exhibition of the Thames Estuary by Simon Fowler and David George, coinciding with a new publication by Rachel Lichtenstein.

Making Matters

17-24 September 2016

An exhibition of work by Cass design graduates and alumni for London Design Festival 2016.

Jemima + Johnny screening for Black History Month

11th October, 5pm

The Students' Union has organised a free film screening with a Q&A for Black History Month.

Cass MA alumni collaborate on

3 to 28 October

Cass MA alumni Moé Sekiya and Jordanna Greaves collaborate on an exhibition for Photomonth 2016.

Musarc announces autumn schedule

Events between now and Christmas

Musarc, the architectural choir/research project based at The Cass, announces its autumn schedule.

Territorial

21 October - 12 November

The Territorial exhibition is curated by Paola Leonardi for London Photomonth.

PhD Collaboration with Hasselt University

Cass lecturers visit Hasselt University

Cass lecturers prepare future exchanges between The Cass and Hasselt University in Belgium.

Open-Field: Matthew Johnstone

29 September–29 October

First residency announced in new fine art residency programme at The Cass

The Cass MA Show

Exhibition: 14-17 September

Dates announced for annual postgraduate exhibition.

Cover Club: David Rudnick

"Acclaimed designer David Rudnick"

Focusing on record sleeve artwork, this is the latest in the Cover Club design series from Cass Visual Communications lecturer Emily Evans.