Cities

Cass Cities is a bold venture

The shaping of cities is a vast collaboration in which we can all participate, but not without some skill and determination, and some focus on what kind of good we are wanting. When people with nimble design minds push their way forward and find a strong role it is usually productive, and our places come out the richer for it. Cass Cities is a bold venture, led by Professor MarkBrearley, to help with make that happen..

The Cass is amidst a golden opportunity. Our city is fast changing, and that change needs careful consideration, subtle steering. We are lucky that so many good people here, at the Cass, have an incisive contribution to make to the discussion about London, and about other cities, and to the process of change. Those people are able to initiate, to challenge, to observe. Those people have a flair for making good things happen. And there is also here a remarkable and ever evolving collection of students. At Aldgate we host a big bundle of enthusiasm, intelligence, creativity and skill. We are well embedded in this wonderful and bewildering city, and are laden with talented urbanists. They are observers, drawers, mappers, photographers, designers and proposers, plan makers, teachers, no-nonsense researchers, urban make-it-happen people and activists, architects who are able at once to be sensitive to, and rough with, the city.

So how could we not make all this more visible and start rolling a snowball, to somewhere high impact, and offer it all up to our city and the world? That is what we are doing now, with Cass Cities, and we are making it grow, excitedly rolling that snowball.

Expect to hear strong things about London and about cities from us here. Expect to see us making it up as we go along, seizing opportunities, linking up, fanning flames, being entrepreneurial, nurturing and helping. Affecting as well as understanding, being part of it not just watching. Following our convictions and using our flair to help make the city better.

Here you can find a taster of what we are doing, and some of the people involved, working from our room overlooking Whitechapel High Street, across the Cass, and beyond.

To find our more please contact Mark Brearley.

Urbanism at The Cass

Here are some examples of the extensive urban research we have been undertaking.

Urbanism at The Cass

Mark Brearley, Lara Kinneir, Fenna Haakma Wagenaar and Adam Towle

An architectural design laboratory in the CASS, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

Focuses on civic culture and urban research under the rubric of ‘practical wisdom’.

Also see these

More Made in Hayes

Updates on The Cass Made in Hayes projects

Where is Tottenham's Economy?

Audit of the depth of Tottenham High Street

Studio 13: Making in London

Mark Brearley and Jane Clossick

The East End Archive

Online resource focusing on the physical and conceptual East End of London.

Made in Hayes

Working with local public and private bodies in Hayes to propose and develop projects in the town centre and surrounding area.

Rainham Marches

A unique landscape and urban project

The Aldgate Project

A cross-disciplinary project, with 20 different groups of students engaging in products based in and developed in response to the area of Aldgate in East London.

Brazil Study Programme Living in the City

The School of Architecture continues to co-ordinate the Brazil Study Programme to explore transformative outcomes for a new approach to urbanism and professional collaboration.

Architecture Research Unit

An architectural design laboratory in the CASS, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

The Unpublishables #2 issue launch

Launch evening, Thursday 6th March

Launch evening for publication dedicated to young architects developing their own written polemics, research and thought pieces.

People

Professor Florian Beigel

Director of ARU

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

Professor Mark Brearley

Associate Professor and Head of Cass Cities

Architect who has concentrated for twenty-six years on urban projects and nurturing the evolution of places.

Professor Peter Carl

Leader of PhD in Architecture

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture-RIBA Part 2 (Free Unit Tutor).

Philip Christou

Co-Director of ARU

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 & 2.

Dr Jane Clossick

Find out more about our lecturer in Urban Design

Dr Jane Clossick worked at architectural practices in London and Manchester before studying her PhD and lecturing at London Met.

Sarah Considine

Associate of Cass Cities and guest teacher with The Cass Cities courses

Engaged in urban change through her role in the Mayor of London’s Regeneration team, working on place-shaping projects, strategies and research across London.

Sandra Denicke-Polcher

Deputy Head of the School of Architecture

Sandra Denicke-Polcher has been Deputy Head of the School of Architecture since 2013 and has been teaching the Live Projects Studio 3 at London Metropolitan University since 2000.

Danielle Hewitt

Cass Culture Research Coordinator

Managing research across the School, working on the development of Cass Culture short courses.

Lara Kinneir

Senior Lecturer

Lara is interested in people and places, and applying an in-depth understanding of the processes required to deliver positive urban change.

Mark Smith

Cass Cities and teaches on the BA (Hons) Architecture

Mark is an architect and urbanist whose primary interest is in the public places, landscapes and everyday life of the city.

Adam Towle

Teaches Cass Cities MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design

A Cass Cities MA studio and exploration teacher, Adam is a founding associate of Cass Cities and Mark Brearley’s office at The Cass.

Fenna Haakma Wagenaar

Guest studio teacher, MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design

Fenna is a guest studio teacher on the MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design course and is an associate of Cass Cities.

Ellis Woodman

Co-leader of Dissertation Studio 12: London Walks

Ellis Woodman practised as an architect before becoming a full-time writer and editor in 2003.

Recent news from The Cass

AJ Small Projects 2017

Two works by London Met tutors shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects 2017 awards.

Celebrating the Olympic legacy with ‘Conversation Pieces’

Students from The Cass’s Unit 5 launch book to highlight design pieces from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Celebration week 2017

20-24 February

Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of invited critics.

New Student Work at The Loom

Textiles BA and Fashion BA students celebrate another exhibition changeover at The Loom.

New Cinema and the City - Migrations

Lecture series brings together filmmakers, writers and thinkers from art, history, visual anthropology and architecture to explore migration in modern cities.

Nostalgia Is Not Enough

8-31 March 2017

Photography exhibition in Cass Foyer Gallery for Women's History Month features recently recovered images of The Brady Girls Club.

Poetic Projection

Jewellery and Silversmithing students from The Cass present a Valentine's inspired exhibition at the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery.

Passing Through

MA Fine Art students Jordanna Greaves and Ali Bahreini exhibit recent work in Cass Foyer Gallery.

Gensler success for Chris

Interior Design graduate appointed Associate for world leading design firm in just two years.

Assemble shortlisted for prestigious EU architecture prize

Assemble, a collective which includes staff and alumni from The Cass, have been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Subtitling the Everyday

3 – 25 February 2017

Collaborative exhibition by Charlotte Thrane, Ninna Bohn Pedersen and Torgny Wilcke investigates the intimacy and honesty of everyday objects at The Cass Bank Gallery.

Adi Toch wins Wallpaper* Design Award 2017

Adi Toch, Cass Alumna and lecturer on Textile Design BA, has been awarded a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award.

What is jewellery?

Marianne Forrest appeared on London Live to discuss flockOmania, an exhibition at The Cass which explores the relationship between jewellery and performance.

London Met student curates ‘Architettura Invisibile’ exhibition in Italy

A new exhibition curated by Cass student, Rita Elvira Adamo, explores the similarities and differences between Japanese and Italian avant-garde architecture.

Flash Factory

Students and academics from The Cass led a series of workshops as part of London Metropolitan University's flockOmania Flash Factory event.