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

Where We Are Now

7 December, 4–6pm

An exhibition of the latest work by 150 foundation year students at The Cass.

RIBA success for Architecture students

Three students have won awards at the prestigious RIBA President’s Medals 2016 for their innovative work in architecture.

Thumb-Stopping Moments

Film and Broadcast Production student Daniel Glenn Barbour shortlisted in film competition.

The Loom Art Space

Celebrating textile and manufacturing history

Textiles BA and Fashion BA students celebrate the exhibition changeover at the new Whitechapel art space.

RIBA House of the Year

London Met tutors Deborah Saunt and David Hills have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA House of the Year.

Narrative Contexts in Animation and Architecture

2-8 December 2016

An event of panel presentations, animation screenings and pop-up exhibitions as part of the Making a Living Series at The Cass.

Get creative this Christmas with The Cass

Sunday 4 December

Students from The Cass will be selling their unique, handmade products at London Met’s Christmas Market.

Celebrating students’ creative writing

London Met is hosting a launch event for Just Met 2016, the annual anthology of student writing.

Projections

Thursday 8 December - Wednesday 14 December 2016

New immersive exhibition by Cass alumnus explores the lives of the Irish diaspora in England.

A warm welcome to our third cohort of interns

Since 2014, graduate interns have joined London Met to learn employment skills in a real-life workplace.

Redefining theatre with The Living Theatre

The Living Theatre, one of the world's longest running experimental theatre companies, visited London Met to deliver a two-day workshop and lecture.

Who Cares?

Through November, December and January 2016/7

‘Who Cares?’, a series of talks and informal debates exploring humanitarian design, returns to The Cass.

Cass Starters Success

Cass Starters is a new university-backed programme

All four graduates pass funding target four days into 30 day crowdfunding campaign.

Making a Living

Monday 21 November - Friday 2 December 2016

The Cass launches a new enterprise, practice and employability festival.

Living Theatre visits London Met

Talk at 6.30pm, 24 November

Living Theatre, one of the world's longest running experimental theatre companies, will deliver a workshop and talk at London Metropolitan University.