Exhibition: 26.06.2014 – 06.07.2014

Free Unit

Joseph Van der Steen: Rediscovering a Moscow architectural identity

Robert Mull, Catrina Beevor, Peter Carl

About the show

In order to be effective, architects must connect what they design with how they feel about the world. They must mobilize their identity and personal resources in the service of what they believe not what they are told to believe by the mediated world of high architectural culture and education.

As a diploma/MA student you have an obligation to explore the limits of your personal design identity and develop certainties that are capable of sustaining you in practice. This is a unique privilege. The Free Unit will help you do this by offering an alternative to the traditional unit programme - giving you the opportunity to propose, develop and realize independent projects or to become involved in your own live projects supported by the professional infrastructure of the projects office.

The emphasis is on your personal position. So each student develops a detailed "contract" with themselves and the Free Unit detailing how, when what and where. Then each student is helped to identify external tutors and is given support to develop a personal tutorial team, what the studio calls your "friends". These ten friends are involved in directing, judging and in some cases finally assessing your work. Otherwise your projects are closely tutored and supported by the unit staff in the same way as a conventional unit.

In recent years students have carried out projects, which emphasise their personal histories, often returning to places they have known or wish to work in the future. The results have been moving and deeply felt and for many have become the basis of their future practice.

Students also use the unit to refine and launch their own practices and at its best the Free Unit marks the first stage of a student’s future practice rather than the final stage of their education.


Exhibition details

Location Central House 2nd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Unit Free Unit

Students' work

Joseph Van der Steen

Rediscovering a Moscow architectural identity

Joseph Van der Steen

Contract

Ramsey Yassa

The occupied territories

Rosie Jones

A new way of downsizing

Rosie Jones

A portrait of a house the free gift

Ogden & O’Brien

Contract

Ogden & O’Brien

The founding of a new town

Lee Wilshire

The dumb barge proposal

Lee Wilshire

Presenting the dumb barge at City Hall

Hannah Martin

Liverpool school

Karl Lenton

A pattern book for a new prison in Leeds

Massimo Dorigo

Studies for construction in Arcevia Art Park

Massimo Dorigo

Construction in Arcevia Art Park

Sophie Wallis

Contract

Yiannis Proestos

A sustainable return to rural Greece

Alex Sarafian

Industry returns to Tottenham

Alex Sarafian

Aluminium casting in progress

Manos Pertselakis

A sustainable use for Heraklions archaeology

Manos Pertselakis

Workshops on the site of an ancient ruin

Students

Jayden Ali
Massimo Dorigo
Rosie Jones
Karl Lenton
Hannah Martin
James O'Brien
Harry Ogden
Manos Pertselakis
Yiannis Proestos
Ryan Roberts
Alexander Sarafian
Joseph Van der Steen
Sophie Wallis
Lee Wilshire
Ramsey Yassa

With thanks to

Eugene Asse, Nikita Tokarev, Xenia Adjoubei and all the staff and students of The Moscow School of Architecture (MARCH)
Nikola Lenivets Art Park
To the technicians at CassWorks for their tireless support & all our guest critics, friends and supporters