Cass Research Seminar – An Architecture of Relationships
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An Architecture of Relationships is a Cass Unit 10 collaboration with Miyagi University and Higashimatsushima City Council, Japan (2013 to 2016). This presentation by Unit 10 leader and Head of School of Architecture Signy Svalastoga, is a reflection on the particular pedagogy that Signy has developed with colleagues in Unit 10.
Starting from a concrete situation of urbanity, Unit 10 stresses the use of a combination of research, thinking, material experimentation and making, and creative practice to propose strategic interventions that span extremes of scale, from the immediate and personal, to the collective and geographical. A common attitude and investigation into the material manifestation of the environment underpins this continuity from the detailed to the large scale. Architecture, landscape and urbanism themselves are not seen as a shift in scalar thinking, but as overlapping and inseparable fields, occupying the same territory.
Setting student projects in locations undergoing dramatic change, be it environmental, political or economic, offers a number of opportunities, both for the students and for the host community. The 2011 great earthquake and tsunami was of such magnitude and impact that it forced a fundamental re-think about how to live in the future, with many actors and agencies involved. The Japanese government, local governments, leading architects and local action groups put forward different, often conflicting strategies for a safer long-term future, as well as immediate actions. The student projects offered a different perspective, are free of vested interest, and can be an agent for discussions and actions.
Signy Svalastoga was educated in Norway and has taught since 1993, at the AA (the Architectural Association School of Architecture), Cambridge and the University of East London, where she became the Head of Architecture in 2004. In 2008, Signy joined The Cass, where she is the Associate Dean, Head of School of Architecture.
Cass Research Seminar series
Wednesday 1 November, 2pm
The Death and Life of Public Streets, a lecture by Dr Agustina Martire.
Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November, 10am-6pm
What makes a good mixed use street? How can good streets be represented beyond the usual tools?
Organised by Dr Jane Clossick
Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.
Monday 20 November 2017 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Matthew Barac and Paulo Moreira will speak on the topic of informal architecture in African cities.
Monday 27 November 2017 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
A PechaKucha night on the topic of Making/Drawing as Research Method.
Monday 4 December 2017 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
PechaKucha night: Picking a Research Topic.
Monday 22 January 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Networks of Making and Habitation, two presentations from Lewis Jones and Mikey Baldwin.
Monday 29 January 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
An Architecture of Relationships, a presentation by Unit 10 leader and Head of School of Architecture Signy Svalastoga.
Monday 5 February 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Urban planning and architectural historian Juliet Davis will be discussing issues of regeneration relating to industrial areas of London with Cass Cities’ Jane Clossick.
Monday 12 February 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Businesses can reside in all types of buildings, both Frances Holliss and Mark Brearley research the accommodation needed by businesses of different types.
Monday 26 February 2018 at 6.30pm, in room GSG-15A
PhD students Torange Khonsari (Architecture) and Marie Brenneis (Art), speaking about An Alternative to Globalised Austere Architecture.
Monday 5 March 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
J Benedict Brown, S Denicke-Polcher, M Barac and D Warren will each give a short presentation on their ideas about education, pedagogy and research, with a focus on architecture.
Monday 12 March 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
The Architecture of Autonomy: Threats and Opportunities in Industrial Places.
Monday 19 March 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Cass PhD students’ progress submission presentations by Asif Din (Architecture) Annisa Jabbour (Architecture).
Monday 9 April 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
In this twelfth Cass Research Seminar Rut Blees Luxemburg and Patrick Lynch will consider the problems of dwelling, aesthetic value and city participation.