Torange Khonsari and Sandra Denicke-Polcher
Section, Lional Giordano
Architecture of Multiple Authorship
Live Projects Studio 3 offers students to work on self-initiated projects: 2 projects, based in Liverpool and Italy, contributed to this years’ Live Projects experience. All other students have been working on the Aldgate Project.
The project has been set up for students across the disciplines of art and architecture to work together, make connections and develop inventive and new cross disciplinary projects which enable students in their year out to find other creative opportunities which conventional architecture education does not allow. The Live Projects background offered a unique opportunity to network with art, design and media students as well as real clients, stakeholders and local communities in Aldgate.
We looked at different facets of the architect’s role, the diversity of the architect’s skills that can be applied at different levels within spatial practice, and the architect’s ever changing duty of care as his/her role shifts and changes in the city.
The year started with group work, designing and building six Market Stalls for Mallon Gardens (Toynbee Hall), which became platforms for collective and interdisciplinary exchange between Studio 3 students, students from The Cass and local residents.
Students developed “Architecture of Multiple Authorships”: Through a process-oriented way of creating architecture, students engaged and collaborated very successfully with a range of people and therefore produced multiple authorships. Based on the belief that architecture does not end with the built product but starts with it, the 1:1 stalls became a vehicle that initiated and developed social and urban change.
In the context of the “super-local”, Studio 3 continued to creatively explore the use of locally sourced recycled materials to develop a contemporary design language for their “Stalls”.
For Semester 2 the work from Semester 1 was developed into larger scale architectural projects for Aldgate: 2nd years designed multidisciplinary architecture studios and 3rd years continued with Studio 3’s agenda from last year around “Edible Cities” designing a multi-purpose high rise comprising of vertical farms, community gardens, homes, workspaces, shops etc.
Jean-Marc Don Mello