Exhibition: 26.06.2014 – 06.07.2014

Unit 10

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.


Exhibition details

Location Central House 2nd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Studio Studio 10

Students' work

Site 1

Nobiru, Higashimatsushim

Fiona MacDonald

Learning through Renga

Fiona MacDonald

Forest School

William Le Gresley

Market and Community Building, Nobiru & Tona

William Le Gresley

Market and Community Building, Nobiru & Tona

Kathryn Harris

Homes possible Here? Reusing Conveyorbelt, Nobiru

Kathryn Harris

Homes possible Here? Reusing Conveyorbelt, Nobiru

Sophie Greene - Work Homes for Nobiru Old Town

Opportunities in an Accidental Landscapes

Sophie Greene

Opportunities in an Accedental Landscapes, Work Ho

John Kirwan

Reconfiguring old Nobiru Station

John Kirwan

Reconfiguring old Nobiru Station

Ayesha Khan

The Nobiru Greenway

Ayesha Khan

The Nobiru Greenway

Alexandra Reed

Recycling Centre and Public Park

Alexandra Reed

Recycling Centre and Public Park

Mirsad Krasniqi

Nobiru Sea Wall Hotel

Mirsad Krasniqi

Nobiru Sea Wall Hotel

Site 2

Miato Island

Charlotte Perkins

Umi no Bon Festival

Charlotte Perkins

Umi no Bon Festival

Charlotte Perkins

Umi no Bon Festival

Site 3

Omagari

Cassandra Vas

Metal recycling and fabrication centre

Cassandra Vas

Metal recycling and fabrication centre

Demetri Zacharia

BioMass Energy Production and Public Sauna

Demetri Zacharia

BioMass Energy Production and Public Sauna

Zakiya Umar

Ceramics Centre

Zakiya Umar

Ceramics Centre

Yu Pin Chan

Nambu Tekki Craft Centre

Yu Pin Chan

Nambu Tekki Craft Centre

Site 4

West Cumbria: Workington and Whitehaven

Alim Saleh

Fish Market, processing and Hotel, Whitehaven

Alim Saleh

Fish Market, processing and Hotel, Whitehaven

William Beeston

Metal recycling and fabrication centre and park

William Beeston

Metal recycling and fabrication centre and park

Tutors

Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook, Nina Scholz

with Rose Nag

Students

Year 5

Emily Broom

Yu-Pin Chan

Sophie Greene

Kathryn Harris

Belawel Hussein

Mirsad Krasniqi

William Le Gresley

Fiona MacDonald

Alexandra Reed

Zakiya Umer

Zana Ziad

Year 4

William Beeston

Emma Gibson

Ayesha Khan

John Kirwan

Yoko Kuroda

Charlotte Perkins

Alim Saleh

Cassandra Vaz

Demetri Zacharia

With particular thanks to

In Tokyo:

Toyo Ito

Mariko Abe

In Miyagi:

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

In London:

Shin Egashira

Edgar Gonzales

Jason Coleman

Mathew Barac

Nate Kolbe,

Dann Jessen

Robert Mull

Angie Pascoe

Sandra Denicke Polcher

Punya Sehmi

Freddie Philipsson

Peter Carl

Environmental & Services Consultant:

Neil Daffin