Members of the Projects Office and students from the Architecture school at The Cass have been collaborating with Freetown and the Sierra Leonian NGO Community Empowerment Support Organisation (CESO) on a primary school building project since 2008. Projects have received continued support and funding from the Water Trust.
Students and Researchers carried out research in the Lumley Valley investigating and cataloguing local materials, resulting in the production of a Freetown Construction Manual. The process of constructing the Ivor Leigh Memorial and Preparatory school in the Lumley Valley revealed the deep social as well as physical problems encountered by poor Freetown communities. These include a sense of isolation from, and a lack of confidence in, engagement with the city.
The ARCSR team was invited by the British Council to participate in a summer exhibition as part of the International Architecture Showcase and London Architecture Festival 2012. An exhibition entitled “The Architecture of 3 Freetown Neighbourhoods” was held from August to September 2012. The exhibition showed photographs and measured drawings of three Freetown neighbourhoods set within their immediate topographical and historical city context. The presentation of early timber framed Krio Architecture of the downtown Tower Hill District included photographs taken in 2005 by Tim Hetherington and Sullivan Khallon, and measured drawings from a 2012 survey by students from The Cass School of Art Architecture and Design. Also exhibited were surveys of the prefabricated timber colonial bungalows of Hill Station, which are perched high on an escarpment overlooking but not connected to Kaningo in the Lumley Valley where the new school has been constructed.
By highlighting the cultural and environmental context within which these neighbourhoods continue to be formed, the exhibition aimed to give place meaning and a sense of identity to the growing populations of the newer neighbourhoods where the greatest change is currently taking place. By representing together examples of historically and culturally diverse but spatially adjacent architecture the exhibition sought to make explicit the rich architectural capital embodied within the thriving city of Freetown: a cultural resource for everyone.
More Cass Projects
Cass Student work is shown at the Huguenot Church, Soho Square
Huguenot Projects work from across the School was exhibited at the French Protestant Church on Soho Square as part of Soho Create Festival 2015.
Updates on The Cass 'Made in Hayes' projects
The Cass ‘Made in Hayes’ cross school projects started in 2012/13, and Studios across the Schools of Art, Architecture and Design have continued to build on their work in the Hayes area since then.
The cross-school project for 2015/16
Following the success of last year’s Huguenot projects shown at the Soho Create festival, The Cass has been invited back to show in 2016 with a new brief: ‘The Spirit of Soho’.
A collaboration with The Cass and Sir John Soane's Museum
7 Architectural Units at The Cass were invited by Robert Mull and the Director of Sir John Soane's Museum to respond to the theme of the Primitive Hut.
Cross-Faculty project inspired by the Huguenots history
Inspired by the rich history of the Huguenots, many of whom settled in and around East London.
Architectural design competition with St Botolph without Aldgate Church and the Cass Projects Office.
Students of architecture at The Cass, London Metropolitan University studying their Part II and Part III were invited to submit concept drawings for a new hall that responds to the needs of the church, the community and the area.
Updates on The Cass Made in Hayes projects
Following the series of workshops and events on the High Street and around the Austin Estate in 2013, the new cohort of Architecture Studio 3 students received funding from Hillingdon Community Trust to host more events at the Austin Estate.
Working with local public and private bodies in Hayes to propose and develop projects in the town centre and surrounding area.
EMI records archives
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.
The School of Design launches its inaugural Project ‘DESIGN/shift’. A time for evolution/ r-evolution through design research & professional practice activities & events to critique & re-imagine the contemporary Design School.
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.
Conversation Pieces were chosen for the Olympic Dressing Initiative by the GLA to be deployed in the City of London, Whitechapel and Spitalfields during the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.
Kachhpura in Agra, India
An on-going live project focused on water, waste and sanitation in the settlement of Kachhpura in Agra, India. Projects have received continued support and funding from the Water Trust.
Quarry worker settlements in Navi Mumbai, India
Two quarry classrooms for children’s bridge classes were constructed by students, researchers and local communities at Baban Seth quarry (March 2010) and Tata Press quarry.
Kaningo in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Members of the Projects Office and students from the Architecture school at the Cass have been collaborating with Freetown and the Sierra Leonian NGO Community Empowerment Support Organisation (CESO)
Providence Row is a charitable organisation located on Wentworth Street in East London.
New Reception classroom
ASD Projects was approached by Kingsmead Primary School in Hackney London and invited to design a new reception classroom, outdoor learning space and parents’ waiting area.
Live Project by Undergraduate Studio 3
The project was initiated by Studio 3 for a set of informal cultural organisations in Kronberg, Germany, started in June 2009.
New architecture school and an international research centre in Sancti Spiritus
London Met and ASD have entered negotiations with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education and the Universities of Sancti Spíritus and Santa Clara in Cuba to establish a new architecture faculty and an international research centre in Sancti Spiritus.
A Schools Design Capacity Building programme to share ideas to help improve the quality of school design and innovation for the DCSF’s school investment programmes including Primary Capital Projects and Building Schools for the Future over a three- year period.
Studio 3's proposal for a canoe hub in Hayes
This booklet documents the work that Architecture Studio 3 has done to explore the use of a shipping container to provide a shelter for canoeing club The Sharks in Hayes.
The cross-school project for 2017/18
This year, as part of the cross-school project, BA Interiors and BA Creative Writing are working with the writer Rachel Lichtenstein and Sandy’s Row, the oldest Ashkanazi synagogue in London. Interiors students are making proposals for a heritage centre in the basement, and Creative Writing are working with Sandy’s Row archive material at the Bishopsgate Institute.