Exhibition: 26.06.2014 – 06.07.2014

Unit 9

Colm mac Aoidh - Absence in the Presence: Two Sides of a Void

About the show

This year we have proposed strategies for dealing with faltering post war estates through the inscribing of new uses and compositions over old

Continuing our interest in architecture as city, this year Unit 9 have developed an approach to both urbanism and architecture that explores strategies for dealing with faltering post war housing estates.

Rather than wholesale demolition and rebuilding, we propose a gradual evolution and in particular the layering of both architectural and cultural histories. Existing buildings are viewed as a basis for reworking – a ‘palimpsest’ – onto which it is possible to inscribe new uses and compositions over old.

Our studies have focussed around Hoxton in East London, an area characterised by post war developments and 'modernist visions', interspersed amongst the remaining fragments of its nineteenth century street pattern.

Where the promise of the modernist vision failed to make cites that attended to intimacy and exchange, community and consolation, our proposals concern architecture as city - weaving new layers of urbanity amongst the existing building fabric and focusing on the duty buildings have to the public spaces that they frame; their edges and the interface between the private and public worlds.

Sites were chosen where there was a perceived need to mend or complete an existing piece of urbanism, simultaneously working with existing structures and new buildings alike. Whilst demolition is minimised, our work contributes to a city of additions and accumulations, a repository of collective memory: the city palimpsest.


Exhibition details

Location Central House 3rd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Unit Unit 9

Students' work

Colm mac Aoidh

Absence in the Presence: Two Sides of a Void

Ethan Ly

Urban Enclosures: Revitalising Hoxton

Eiko Kizu

Observing Bruges: spatial narrative

James Goldberg

Buckland Street Redevelopment

Simon Hughes

Urban Regeneration of Hoxton from city to street

Morris Yip

Integration of an urban grain

Rory Richardson

Urban intensification in Hoxton

Rauf Christopher Sami Hoxton

Residential identity in the post-war landscape

Eiko Kizu

Urban renewal for living in Hoxton

Ethan Ly

Urban Enclosures: Revitalising Hoxton

Joseph Brown Defining Regan Way

Defining Regan Way - Street Elevation

Morris Yip Integration of an urban grain

Integration of an urban grain - 1:100 model

Rauf Christopher Sami Hoxton

Residential identity in the post-war landscape

Andrew Grethe Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton

Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton

Joseph Brown Defining Regan Way

Defining Regan Way - Elevation fragment

Paul Reynolds

Hoxton Palimpsest -Elevation drawing

Colm mac Aoidh

Absence in the Presence: Two Sides of a Void

James Goldberg

Buckland Street Redevelopment

Andrew Grethe

Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton