Tony Fretton

Unit 02: Classicism, modernism and architecture in the present time

Somerset House (image: Google)

Unit brief

Classicism, modernism and architecture in the present time.

A project in three parts at Somerset House London

In the autumn semester, we will be working individually to design three interventions at Somerset House: one in a classical manner, another according to the ideas of modernism and a third in the manner of today, each with a given brief and location. At the same time, we will be researching in pairs in the areas of classicism and modernism.

In the spring semester, we explore technical and architectural detailing, and you will be adjusting your schemes and preparing your portfolios as an argument in images and text.

I will ask you to immerse yourself in classicism as a defined but supple style, and in what modernism and the other modernisms opened up, in order to make architecture in the present time that seeks to communicate with its audience and surroundings, and which creates a positive and optimistic situation from the facts of its program and situation.


Course Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA2
Tutors Tony Fretton: Unit Master and Design Tutor
Niall Hobhouse of Drawing Matters: Visiting Critic
Francis Terry of Francis Terry & Associates: Visiting Lecturer and Critic on Classical Architecture
Billy Choi of Allies and Morrison: Building Construction
Jane Wernick of Jane Wernick Associates: Structures
Anne Minors of Sound Space Vision: Theatre Design
Robert Essert of Sound Space Vision: Acoustics
Todd Gowan of Landscape: Visiting Tutor on Landscape
Where Goulston Street
Room GS1-15a
When Monday and Thursday

Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2

Unit 02: Classicism, modernism and architecture in the present time

Tony Fretton

Unit 02 will run this year as a project in three parts at Somerset House London.

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Unit 06: Civic Fit

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Unit 07 will begin the year with an ambitious project, Timber Translations, re-imagining the industrial structures depicted in the photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher in timber allowing us to and explore languages of jointing, supporting and bridging in a single material at a large scale.

Unit 08: Midland Cities II – Nottingham Translations

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Unit 08 will continue to focus on the urban development of cities in the Midlands and propose architectural interventions as opportunities for civic renewal.

Unit 09: Making Urban

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Unit 09 will continue its two Semester / project structure this year.

Unit 10: An Architecture of Relationships V

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Unit 10 will again start the year with two linked short projects aimed to develop and fine-tune spatial and social observations, explored through drawing, making, mending and repair.

Unit 12: Hotel Sphinx

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Unit 12 will continue to examine the different conditions of London and the potential of the city's current reinvention.

Unit 14: Dis-place

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Unit 14 will work in the East End this year, specifically in Tower Hamlets and will be concerned with diaspora displacement and the indigenous.

Unit 15: Building Society

James Binning, Ellie Howard and James Pockson

Unit 15 will redefine the terms of the self-build movement and transcend the trope of homes made by home makers, exploring instead self-build as a powerful economic and urban alternative to developer-driven housing.

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