Exhibition: 26.06.2014 – 06.07.2014
Site 1: Nobiru, Higashimatsushim
About the show
The Unit is concerned with developing and designing interventions across a range of scales and ambitions, and seek as far as possible to develop authentic proposals in socially, economically, politically and environmentally challenging contexts. Central to the philosophy of the unit is the notions of tolerance, generosity, an economy of means and time.
Unit 10 is looking for inspiration from the ordinary and every day as well as carefully designed and crafted architecture and urban spaces that has stood the test of time. Through our design processes we encourage students to develop their own individual design sensibilities in response to the given context.
Starting from a concrete situation of urbanity the unit stresses the use of a combination of research, thinking methodologies, and creative practice to propose strategic interventions that span extremes of scale, from the immediate and personal, to the collective and geographical. A common attitude and investigation into the material manifestation of the environment underpins continuity from the detailed to the large scale. Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism themselves are not seen as a shift in scalar thinking, but as overlapping and inseparable fields occupying the same territory.
We emphasize the development of intuition and process to test and develop new forms of architecture, landscape and urbanisms in practice as well as questioning the current state of play. We work with students as fellow innovators in a programme that is both visionary and hands on in seeking to propose architectural and urban futures that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, distinctive and enjoyable.
Miyagi Prefecture, Japan and the West Cumbrian Coast
A group of 16 students travelled to the Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. We were welcomed to meet with staff and students at Miyagi University in Sendai, and staff at the Planning Office of Higashimatsushima and the local NGO HOPE. After extensive walking, observing and discussions the students chose three sites, Omagari to the East of the city, Nobiru and Miato Island to the west. The aim of the city officials and HOPE is not just to repair and restore, but to build a better city. We were encouraged to speculate about the longer term future of the areas that are now deemed unsafe for housing, and to develop strategies for future employment, security and land use. We travelled to Tokyo to meet with Toyo Ito, who’s initiative Home for All: Is architecture possible here inspired Unit 10.
16 strategies and proposals were developed, which will also be exhibited in Rias Ark Museum Of Art, Miyagi in September.
A group of four students travelled to West Cumbria, and again after extensive walking, observing and discussions the students chose two sites, Workington and Whitehaven.
|Location||Central House 2nd Floor|
|Course||Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2|
William Le Gresley
With particular thanks to
Professor Senhiko Nakata, Miyagi University
Staff and Students, Miyagi University
Yuko Odaira, HOPE Higashimatsushima
Shintaro Tsuruoka, HOPE, Higashimatsushima
Staff at Higashimatsushima City Town Hall
In West Cumbria:
Nigel Catterson, Utropia Ltd; Solway Energy Gateway Ltd
Chris Bamber, Copeland Borough Council
Simon Berry, English Lakes Hotels Ltd
Stuart Galpin, Galpin Landscape Architecture
Sandra Denicke Polcher
Environmental & Services Consultant: