Exhibition: 24.06.2013 – 04.07.2013
First Year Architecture
Led by Sabine Storp
About the show
Year 1 was working on three different projects. The first two projects were related to skilling and making where the last project was dedicated to designing a building proposition
Project_01: Going beyond an Object
‘Learning to see is an essential part of learning to draw, and it is an on going and continuous process of achievement that develops with every drawing we make’ - Mick Maslen & Jack Southern, Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing -
1. You are asked to make a journey to find and claim an old and used object. You should begin your journey with no preconceptions about what that object might turn out to be.
The object must be portable. It may be complicated or elemental, perishable or durable, utilitarian or arcane, have great value/meaning (not financial!) or be totally worthless. It must have a history!
2. Be aware of, and record your journey, and your object in its context before bringing it back! Discover or speculate on your objects journey and history.
3. Through means of various media and a range of different investigations and physical transformations, you should develop imaginative and interpretative ideas from your object and so
GO BEYOND WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY APPARENT. Do not prejudge results. Trust in your imagination and curiosity and in what your analysis and intuition reveal. It is via this JOURNEY OF INVESTIGATION that a new understanding of your object will be revealed.
Project 02: Installation
You will investigate design through the act of making and interpretation of your understanding of a selected building transformed into a 3-dimensional object exploring different materials. The object you will construct will be a merge of building and furniture. It could be a miniature building with furniture-like characteristics or vice-versa. The scale and use may be ambiguous, or it may be fully functioning and purpose-built. The size of it may relate to your chosen piece of furniture or to a specific fragment of the building. You may even buy an old piece of furniture and construct the inherent qualities and characteristics of your chosen building into it, or you may want to re-imagine your building as the piece of furniture, and construct it from scratch.
Important is that you will need to have enough information about your building to understand how your building works or how it is made. This needs to be tested in individual models and drawings. For your portfolio you will need all information of your building as drawings and documentation of models.
Find what makes the building special and try to extract these characteristics and combine this with the qualities of your piece of furniture. Go beyond the apparent qualities of both furniture and building and fabricate an object of a complex nature. It must be crafted with care and precision.
You will be split into groups of up to 4. Each group will be given a name of a building and a type of furniture. The building will be very specific, whereas the piece of furniture will be generic. Objects should be challenged, transformed and may not be used as originally intended. Get inspired by things you observed (and documented) and use your skills to invent a new meaning. You may start by collecting pieces of furniture left in the streets, explore their nature, combine them, connect them, and in a final step develop your particular piece as part of the group.
By quickly developing an idea from conception to built reality (in four weeks), working in groups, handling a limited budget (and thus improvising with materials) and working to an fixed deadline, a sense of both the realities and the magic of the building process is created.
Project 03: Building
For the year is the building project relating to OLD and NEW in Margate/Kent.
It takes all the skills and ways of working that you have developed through the year so far and asks you to bring these together into a small building proposition. Having identified and investigated a possible site/location for your proposal you should begin to develop a more precise brief for the building. You should start investigating some of the terms described in the list below. What do they mean in the context of Margate in Kent and the history of the site?
Every proposal should have an aspect of new and old life. you are asked to develop a proposal via models, drawings and other media. We are looking for work in process and you should develop many working models and explore the spatial qualities via drawing. you might want to combine different ‘components’ to form a new hybrid building program.
A building with strange / unorthodox / shifty / unexpected / eccentric / unique ACTIVITIES that may be temporary / ephemeral / seasonal / peripheral / transitory in NATURE.
What have you observed about the structures and relationships in the area? Local and old/private and public/new and unexpected. Now you are asked to interpret these observations. How can they translate into spatial propositions? How can you create something that reveals your observations and new ways of perceiving the city with a new/old beginning?
Gonzalo Coello de Portugal
Alexia Alvarez Reyes
Luis Carrillo Coello
Ivy Dias Coles
Nuria Garcia Vazquez
Hannah Jarvis Howard
Alex Mc Gill
Gurpal Singh Kular