Takero Shimazaki (t-sa) and Summer Islam

Unit 08: Midland Cities II – Nottingham Translations

London Metropolitan Archives, City of London. See Collage: The London Picture Archive at http://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Unit brief

Midland Cities II – Nottingham

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

We will investigate how the architectural language that Andrea Palladio developed in the Quattro Libri dell’Architettura influenced Inigo Jones and his work and informed his designs of public space. Jones trained as a painter, was an acclaimed stage set and costume designer, and gained renown following his appointment as Surveyor-General of the King's works in 1615.

His architecture and urbanism was developed through a series of considered translations of the buildings he visited in Rome, Venice and Vicenza, introducing a new architectural language to the UK. We will study his built and unbuilt works, including the Covent Garden piazza, The Queen’s House, Banqueting House, and his designs for Whitehall and the Strand. The unit will also travel to Rome, as Jones did.

Our sites will be in the city of Nottingham, approached through carefully drawn survey, model-making and thorough research (Project 1). We will design and propose a "scene", an urban public stage within the city (Project 2), and a public building, theatrical in nature (Project 3), exploring the dynamic relationship between the proposed architectural interventions and the collective of the city. Research, writing and making will be continuous throughout the year, structured through weekly seminars.

Inigo Jones’ Banqueting House provided a backdrop to the city, and symbolically, the execution of Charles Iin 1649. Its grand hall was used as a venue for feasts, masques, as a political chamber, subsequently a market, and now a museum. In the same vein, our proposals will be individual architectural compositions that face both inward and outward, as settings to the varying activities of contemporary life in Nottingham.


Course Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA 2
Tutors Takero Shimazaki (t-sa)
Summer Islam

Goulston Street
Room GS2-24

When Monday and Thursday

Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA part II)

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.

Unit 04: Building Laboratory | Frozen Timber

Jonas Lundberg, Eva Diu and Andrew Grant

Unit 04 aims to participate in the debate on environmental adaptation, design and development of the new town of Kiruna, which is forced to move three kilometres to the east of its current location.

Unit 05: The Infrastructure of the Street

Alex Ely, Michael Dillon and Lydia Johnson

Unit 05 are interested in how changing the infrastructure of a singular street and the housing within it can alter the urban contribution.

Unit 06: Civic Fit

Professor Maurice Mitchell, Francesca Pont, Dr Bo Tang, Jane McAllister and Sandra Denicke-Polcher

Unit 06 offers students a choice of three settings: Athens, Greece; Belmonte, Calabria; or Kirtipur in the Kathmandu Valley.

Unit 07: A Lean Architecture

David Grandorge and Paloma Gormley

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

Takero Shimazaki (t-sa) and Summer Islam

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

Stephen Taylor and Theodoros Thysiades

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

Unit 10: An Architecture of Relationships V

Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook and Edward Simpson

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

Peter St John, James Hand and Ben Speltz

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

Unit 14: Dis-place

Pierre d’Avoine and Pereen d’Avoine

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.