Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013
Unit 11 - Oligarchy and Architecture
Urban Constitution - Joint unit work
Unit led by DSDHA
About the show
Each year DSDHA’s Unit tackles a part of London that challenges our preconceptions, often confronting issues that might appear unpalatable, such as exclusivity in Mayfair, or deregulation in Soho. Here, one might anticipate that The City of London needs more diversity– in fact to be more like the rest of London. But is this the case, or can monocultures play a positive role in urbanity? Do we understand urban dynamics enough to make this assessment? Our methodology has developed as a set of tools that include the generation of micro-urban environments that capture critical data from the often unobserved realm of immediate social interaction with architecture..
The Unit challenges The City with a new Urban Constitution that investigates its Edge and Core conditions. Within this context, individual propositions engage with contemporary notions of Exchange within the scale of a city block and students will be encouraged to develop designs that are resolved to the detail of the representational language of the façade. This will be read in relation to the public realm and the juxtaposition of new and old fabric, contemporary and traditional technologies.