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.

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (Ground Floor)
Unit Architecture Unit 11
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Architecture (MA)


Bay Study by Nick Chantarasak

Unlocking the Bank of England

by Nick Chantarasak

Ceramic Tile

By Nick Chantarasak

Paternoster Square

By James Faulconer

The Edge of the City, Aldgate Scales

By Marie Sophie Habermann

Micro-urban environment

By Sasha Nash

A New Riverfront

by Sasha Nash

Riverfront Elevations

by Steven Pirks

Ceramic Casting

by Steven Pirks

Ceramic Façade Tests

by Wil Meaden

Public Lobby

by Simon Thorpe

Shadow City

by Kathryn Harris

Underground Masterplan

by Harold Hill

Under The City

by Harold Hill

Evolving Urban Grain

by Sasha Nash

Interior and Exterior Pub Landscape

by Jason Bolger

The Barbican Resort

by Harriet Nelson

'Reinforcing the cultural vein: The new London wall'

by Emily Broom


Deborah Saunt
David Hills
Nicola Ibbotson


Jason Bolger
Emily Broom
Nick Chantarasak
James Faulconer
Marie-Sophie Haberman
Kathryn Harris
Mirsad Krasniqi
Wil Meaden
Devan Mistry
Sasha Nash
Hattie Nelson
Bharat Pankhania
Steven Pirks
Paul Reynolds
Simon Thorpe

With thanks to

Peter Rees
Carol Patterson
Peter Murray
Mel Dodd
Christopher Pierce
Rosamund Diamond
Will Hunter
Peter Carl
Antony Robbins
Fred Gatley
Sam Potter
Jef Smith
Louis Hall
Matt Lambert
Mark Irving
Tom Holbrook
Alicia Pivaro
Leon van Schaik