Maurice Mitchell and Francesca Pont

Unit 6

Chess Pieces in the Landscape by Darren Wilson

Edgelands

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, and experiences. It cuts through the surface to expose the undercurrent of silent issues that constitute the everyday.

9 students spent two weeks with Roma/Ashkali communities on the edge of Pristina, Kosovo. Portfolio projects include: the use of redundant railway lands and railway carriages to make a puppet theatre and caravanserai, a waste to heat and power plant as an educative intervention with the involvement of local school children; a tower school and mews workshops in the spaces left in the Ashkali mohallas (neighbourhoods), a bakery and boiler fuelled by coppicing; and allotments, school and workshops in the fields.

6 students have made proposals for two shoe maker neighbourhoods which have been built up along the open drain running from the edge of Agra to discharge into the Yamuna River beside the Taj Mahal in India. Schemes include: an Apprentices Hall, a City Wall Promenade, a Festival Pavilion and Laundry, A Water Treatment Ziggurat and a Dargah (guest house) and new workhomes.

Each of the localities studied are distinct in physical character, history and urban grain. By surveying the physical topography and consciously interacting with local people students built up a physical and cultural picture of each settlement studied. The student proposals have grown out of these proposals.

Live projects in Delhi and Agra carried out within the Projects Office have provided conceptual grounding.


Details

Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2

Images

Chess Pieces in the Landscape

Darren Wilson

Plan of shaded places around Ukhara drainage sump

Harriet Nelson

Part elevation of shoemakers house Laura Jane Berge

Laura Jane Berge

Elevation of Shoemaker’s Street

Laura Jane Berge

Survey of drains, canals and rainwater sump, Ukhara

Laura Jane Berge

Survey of drains, canals and rainwater sump, Ukhara

Laura Jane Berge

Elevation of Roma puppet theatre and community platform

Magdalene Pelszyk

Roadside sketch of Roma puppet theatre and community platform

Magdalene Pelszyk

Sketch of new sheds

Matthew Farrer

Daytime view of the new High Street

Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia

View of the new High Street over the covered drain at dawn

Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia

Model of the upgraded Dalit Taj Ganj Neighbourhood

Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia

Craft and cultivation: a shared landscape

Ross Keenan

Craft and cultivation: a shared Workshop

Ross Keenan

Elevation of city wall showing new step access and wall top Promenade

Thomas Kalkhoven

Axonometric of wall top Promenade

Thomas Kalkhoven

Intimate rooms within a Bake House

Tim Coles

Axonometric of house adapted as a Community Boiler House

Tim Coles

Inception sketch

Victoria Hallam

Sketch of cleaning Ziggurat within the Agra city landscape Victoria Hallam

Victoria Hallam

Students

Matthew Farrer
Adriana Keast
Magdalena Pelszyk
John Stiles
Victoria Hallam
Farrokh Aman
Laura Jane Berge
Ross Keenan
Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia
Tim Coles
Harriet Nelson
Thomas Kalkhoven
Imran Sabur
Darren Wilson
Steven Pirks