Robert Barnes and Bo Tang

Studio 07: FIT

‘House of Sale’, Athens, Greece, 2017 [Robert Barnes]

Studio brief


As both a continuation and new departure for the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR), Studio 7 will be basing this year’s work in Athens, Greece. In keeping with the aims of ARCSR over the last 15 years and building on our teaching methods, you will use hands-on techniques of measurement and construction analysis to survey some of the vast empty properties in the city centre. Along with improvised conversations with migrants and refugees currently in central Athens, we seek to locate an economic and culturally viable design solution for one of the many problems besetting both asylum seekers and the Greek government.

The studio allows for individual approaches to define self-motivated programmes supported by an extensive knowledge of techniques and investigative methodologies developed within ARCSR. No two projects will be the same, yet each will be based in a common understanding of the urban design and architectural problems of civic design in the twenty-first century.

Drawing, sketching, photographs and models will be used in the preliminary testbed project to gain understanding of the problems of urban renewal in London, and this will be transferred to Athens for the main project following the studio trip in November. A scoping study has been carried out over the summer 2017 by ARCSR teaching staff and postgraduate students, and this will be made available to you at the start of the year.

There will be opportunity to learn about Classical architecture and Greek culture as well as those of the refugees you will be meeting. You will build on our associations with non-government organisations and charities, both local and global scale, as well as ‘anarchists’ currently occupying the city, towards a potential future live ARCSR project supported by the Water Trust.

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Course Architecture BA (Hons)
Tutors Robert Barnes
Dr Bo Tang

Goulston Street
Room GS1-19

When Tuesday and Friday

Architecture Studios

Studio 01: The Gesture of a Building

Alex Bank and Sam Casswell

Studio 01 is looking at the contribution architecture makes to the life of a place.

Studio 02: After City: Assemblage, Incrementalism and Infrastructures

Colin O’Sullivan and Charlotte Harris

Studio 02 will examine and propose design interventions in Germany this year.

Studio 03: Crossing Cultures – Re-thinking Campus

Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister

Studio 03 is concerned with architecture as a form of agency, involving civic making through practice.

Studio 04: Place for Play

Anna Ludwig and Rufus Willis

Studio 04 is looking at how the space of play has coexisted and still coexists with spaces of exchange and circulation, political space and cultural space.

Studio 06: Collaborations

Andrew Jackson, David Leech and Martin Nässén

Studio 06 will focus on the theme of ‘Collaborations’ and continue to investigate the ideas established by the studio in recent years and will again work with good examples of historic and contemporary architecture.

Studio 07: FIT

Robert Barnes and Bo Tang

Studio 07 will be basing this year’s work in Athens, Greece as both a continuation and new departure for the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources.

Studio 08: good growth

Gareth Morris and Ulrike Steven

This year Studio 08 will be responding to the Mayor of London’s call to create a ‘City for All Londoners’ based on the principles of ‘good growth’ – ‘development that is socially, environmentally and economically inclusive.’

Studio 09: Public Rooms, Convergent Spaces

Jillian Jones, Ewan Stone and David Howarth

Studio 09 will look to how new spaces for cultural and community provision in London’s East End can be more locally generated.

Studio 10: Old, New, Hot and Cool

Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams

Studio 10 will propose buildings which are old, new, hot and cool and develop architectural projects which sit between these definitions to explore the role of the architect as a critical agent in society.

Studio 11: Well Built

Edmund Fowles and Ingrid Petit

Studio 11 will turn their gaze to some of the oldest institutions in the world, places that will become your home for several formative years in the pursuit of ‘higher education’ – universities.

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