Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook, Nina Schultz and With Rose Nag

Unit 10

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.


Course Professional Diploma in Archiecture RIBA Part 2


Urban Memory

Emma Weeks

Interior memory

Katherine Johnson

Landscape memory

Ross Warren

Interior memory

Hiroki Oya

Walking Reykjavik, Weather and the City

Katherine Johnson

Iceland Landscapes of Power

Gisselle Casio

Iceland crisis

Iceland landscapes of power 2

New Fish Market, Old Harbour, Reylkjavik

John O’Lochlin

New Fish Market, Old Harbour, Reykjavik

John O’Lochlin

New Reykjavik University

Katherine Johnson

Metal recycling and public park, Reykjavik New Harbour

Hattie Haseler

Equestrian Therapy Centre, Ellidavatn

Gisselle Casio

New Cruise Terminal, Reykjavik, New Harbour

Gareth Thomas

Agriculture and Crafts College, New Harbour

Emma Weeks

Bath House Reykjavik Old Harbour

Lovisa Lindsrom

Headquarters for the Icelandic Forestry Commission

Charles Debelle

Fish Market, Old Harbour

Natalie Simmons

Site tests through collage, Old Airport site

Artur Felix da Cruz


Artur Felix Da Cruz
Charles Debelle
Jessica Edwards
Jeannine Elizabeth MacDonald
Jessica Parsley
Natalie Simmons
Gisselle Casio
Rhiannon Cowell
Ana Margarida de Areia Soares
Hattie Haseler
Katherine Joanna Johnson
John O'Loughlin
Gareth Thomas
Inga Karen Traustadottir
Ross Warren
Emma Weeks
Eunsu Aou
Sara Hellgren
Lovisa Lindstrom
Hiroki Oya


Neil Daffin
Max Fordham LLP
David Derby
Price & Myers

With thanks to

In Reykjavik

Sigrún Birgisdóttir
Iceland Academy of Arts
Pall Hjaltason
Head of the Reykjavik Planning committee
Steve Christer
Studio Granda
Reykjavik City Planning Department

In London

Shin Egashira
Dann Jessen
Andy Stone
Peter Carl
Raoul Bunschoten
Viktor Jak
Punya Sehmi
Ed Simpson
Daniel Serafimovski