Gareth Morris and Ulrike Steven

Studio 08: good growth

Photography: Alexander Christie

Studio brief

good growth

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

Focusing on the Old Kent Road ‘opportunity area’ where 20,000 new homes are planned, the unit will explore the infrastructure needed to support communities. The Old Kent Road is one of London’s oldest roads and for well over a century it has been the centre for an area alive with industry making and supplying the things and the services London needs. To experience the exciting mix of industries vital to the local economy and to the wider city we will look behind usually closed doors. By talking to local organisations and through mapping overlaid uses we will identify potential for shared spaces and explore programs that bring together and support the culturally diverse communities.

Following the field work and the unit trip to Berlin we will explore how our findings can make their way into site-specific and certain project proposals. Studio 08 will develop exciting new models for social infrastructure interwoven within the existing fabric of neighbourhoods, streets, estates and communities. You will explore ways in which places of work, communal and accessible public space can be integrated within the context of new and existing housing developments.

Through an exhibition at the Livesey Exchange the unit’s findings will be shared with the Old Kent Road communities as a contribution to the current debate about ‘social regeneration’ and the future of this part of the city. Our understanding of architecture as a critical spatial practice and the work we do at what if: projects will form a point of departure for a discussion about your role as future architects.


Course Architecture BA (Hons)
Tutors Ulrike Steven
Gareth Morris

Goulston Street
Room GS1-14

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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