Unit 6

Edgelands

Suspicious of the tendency of strategic and large-scale policy planning to distil out rich but fragile local interactions, the studio encourages students to work outwards from the observed fragment of lived experience (the moment), i.e. from the bottom up. The studio aims to explore how the urban landscape is inhabited, made and remade through personal and collective acts events, memories, and experiences. It cuts through the surface to expose the undercurrent of silent issues that constitute the everyday.

9 students spent two weeks with Roma/Ashkali communities on the edge of Pristina, Kosovo. Portfolio projects include: the use of redundant railway lands and railway carriages to make a puppet theatre and caravanserai, a waste to heat and power plant as an educative intervention with the involvement of local school children; a tower school and mews workshops in the spaces left in the Ashkali mohallas (neighbourhoods), a bakery and boiler fuelled by coppicing; and allotments, school and workshops in the fields.

6 students have made proposals for two shoe maker neighbourhoods which have been built up along the open drain running from the edge of Agra to discharge into the Yamuna River beside the Taj Mahal in India. Schemes include: an Apprentices Hall, a City Wall Promenade, a Festival Pavilion and Laundry, A Water Treatment Ziggurat and a Dargah (guest house) and new workhomes.

Each of the localities studied are distinct in physical character, history and urban grain. By surveying the physical topography and consciously interacting with local people students built up a physical and cultural picture of each settlement studied. The student proposals have grown out of these proposals.

Live projects in Delhi and Agra carried out within the Projects Office have provided conceptual grounding.

Chess Pieces in the Landscape by Darren Wilson

Details

Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2

Images

 Chess Pieces in the Landscape
Chess Pieces in the Landscape Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson 

 Plan of shaded places around Ukhara drainage sump
Ukhara drainage sump Harriet Nelson

Harriet Nelson 

 Part elevation of shoemakers house Laura Jane Berge
Part elevation of shoemakers house Laura Jane Berge

Laura Jane Berge 

 Elevation of Shoemaker’s Street
Elevation of shoemakers street Laura Jane Berge

Laura Jane Berge 

 Survey of drains, canals and rainwater sump, Ukhara
Survey of drains Laura Jane Berge

Laura Jane Berge 

 Survey of drains, canals and rainwater sump, Ukhara
Survey of drains Laura Jane Berge

Laura Jane Berge 

 Elevation of Roma puppet theatre and community platform
Elevation of Roma puppet theatre Magdalene Pelszyk

Magdalene Pelszyk 

 Roadside sketch of Roma puppet theatre and community platform
Roadside sketch Magdalene Pelszyk

Magdalene Pelszyk 

 Sketch of new sheds
Sketch of new sheds Matthew Farrer

Matthew Farrer 

 Daytime view of the new High Street
Daytime view Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia

Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia 

 View of the new High Street over the covered drain at dawn
View of new high street Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia

Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia 

 Model of the upgraded Dalit Taj Ganj Neighbourhood
Model of the upgraded Dalit Taj Ganj Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia

Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia 

 Craft and cultivation: a shared landscape
Craft and cultivation Ross Keenan

Ross Keenan 

 Craft and cultivation: a shared Workshop
Craft and cultivation Ross Keenan 2

Ross Keenan 

 Elevation of city wall showing new step access and wall top Promenade
Elevation of city wall Thomas Kalkhoven

Thomas Kalkhoven 

 Axonometric of wall top Promenade
Axonometric of wall top Promenade Thomas Kalkhoven

Thomas Kalkhoven 

 Intimate rooms within a Bake House
Intimate rooms within a Bake House Tim Coles

Tim Coles 

 Axonometric of house adapted as a Community Boiler House
Community Boiler House Tim Coles

Tim Coles 

 Inception sketch
Inception sketch Victoria Hallam

Victoria Hallam 

 Sketch of cleaning Ziggurat within the Agra city landscape Victoria Hallam
Ziggurat Agra Victoria Hallam

Victoria Hallam 

Matthew Farrer
Adriana Keast
Magdalena Pelszyk
John Stiles
Victoria Hallam
Farrokh Aman
Laura Jane Berge
Ross Keenan
Phuntsok Tsering Bhutia
Tim Coles
Harriet Nelson
Thomas Kalkhoven
Imran Sabur
Darren Wilson
Steven Pirks