Robert Barnes and Bo Tang

Studio 7

Agra waterways and inhabitation: the architecture of infrastructure and the experience of space

Suspicious of the tendency of strategic and large-scale policy planning to distil out rich but fragile local interactions, the studio encourages students to work outwards from the observed fragment of lived experience (the moment), i.e. from the bottom up. The studio aims to explore how the urban landscape is inhabited, made and remade through personal and collective acts events, memories, experiences. It cuts through the surface to expose the undercurrent of silent issues that constitute the everyday.

This year we will be engaging with people who inhabit in-between areas on the outskirts of Agra, India, and investigating the relationship between the city, its waterways (nalas) and its inhabitants, and the infrastructural boundaries (whether physical or cultural) that define these spaces and edge lands. We will adopt and adapt various readings from the new translation of O. F. Bollnow’s ‘Mensch und Raum’, translated as ‘Human Space’ (ed Joseph Kolhmaier) concerning the perception of communal and individual space within the European philosophical tradition and relate to those pertaining to Hindu and Muslim people in the fast growing Indian metropolises, we will explore the concept of Hodological or ‘path-space’, and ‘activity-space’ as a way of understanding our physical mappings. This might lead us to explore the relationships between open and closed plan arrangements and between rooms and circulation space. A fundamental aspect of architectural space.


Details

Course BA (Hons) Architecture

Images

Movement plan of people

Bharat Singh

Yamuna Bridge Section

Bharat Singh

First Floor Axonometric Plan

Cameron Curruthers

Perspective of Proposal

Cameron Curruthers

Sections through the temple complex

Cristian Bucataru

Ukhara Elevation

Cristian Bucataru

N-S Section through light-wells

Jessica Rooney

E-W Section through the north of the carpet makers workshop

Jessica Rooney

Ukharra At Night

Mircea Vasvari

A Ruin

Mircea Vasvari

Section through proposed housing and kanda workshops

Mariam Ahmadzade

Exploded Axonometric

Mariam Ahmadzade

Housing - Railway Lands, India

Nicholas Socrates

Market – Railway Lands, India

Nicholas Socrates

Recharging Ukhara section

Rachel Smith

Ukhara Existing Site Plan

Rachel Smith

Section through existing blocks

Rayka Kakavand

Section through proposed courtyard and streets

Rayka Kakavand

Students

Cristian Buctaru
Cameron Carruthers
inchul Cho
Pratik Giri
Rayka Kakavand
Povilas Kaminskas
Bharat Lard
Chulwoo Park
Jessica Rooney
Rachel Smith
Nicholas Socrates
Marc Vassari
Mariam Zade

Critics

Fran Balam
Peter Carl
Michael Corr
Viktor Jak
Steve Newman
Shamoon Patwari
Lucy Peck
Francesca Pont
Signy Svalastoga