Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook, Nina Schultz and With Rose Nag
Urban Agriculture, Old Airport site by Rhiannon Cowell
Landscapes of Power
Unit 10 is continuing to research for a deeper relationship between architecture, city-building and topography, Using a series of texts as tools, we will continued our investigations on cities and territories in transition, where conventional thinking struggles to respond to the uncertainty and where there is a necessity for imaginative thinking. This year we focused on Reykjavik, Iceland, following the dramatic economic crisis and recent volcanic eruptions.
Starting from a concrete situation of urbanity the unit stresses the use of a combination of research, thinking methodologies, 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 the work from the detailed to the large scale. We looked at how temporal natures of landscapes, participation and events can inspire a similar approach to architecture and the city as a generous frame for inhabitation, and searched for new forms of drawing, making and constructing to support and test this. This was particularly relevant to the context for this year’s work with the distinctive seasons, light and the particular topographical, geological and landscape qualities of Reykjavik.
We also emphasize the development of intuition and process to test and develop new forms of architecture, landscape and urbanisms in practice as well as questioning the current state of play. In Reykjavik we carried out intensive site investigations, and established contacts and collaborations with colleagues at the Department of Design & Architecture, Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Reykjavik City Planning Department.
Artur Felix Da Cruz
Jeannine Elizabeth MacDonald
Ana Margarida de Areia Soares
Katherine Joanna Johnson
Inga Karen Traustadottir
With thanks to
Iceland Academy of Arts
Head of the Reykjavik Planning committee
Reykjavik City Planning Department