Unit 11 - Oligarchy and Architecture

Unit led by DSDHA

About the show

Each year DSDHA’s Unit tackles a part of London that challenges our preconceptions, often confronting issues that might appear unpalatable, such as exclusivity in Mayfair, or deregulation in Soho. Here, one might anticipate that The City of London needs more diversity– in fact to be more like the rest of London. But is this the case, or can monocultures play a positive role in urbanity? Do we understand urban dynamics enough to make this assessment? Our methodology has developed as a set of tools that include the generation of micro-urban environments that capture critical data from the often unobserved realm of immediate social interaction with architecture..

The Unit challenges The City with a new Urban Constitution that investigates its Edge and Core conditions. Within this context, individual propositions engage with contemporary notions of Exchange within the scale of a city block and students will be encouraged to develop designs that are resolved to the detail of the representational language of the façade. This will be read in relation to the public realm and the juxtaposition of new and old fabric, contemporary and traditional technologies.

Urban Constitution Joint unit work

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (Ground Floor)
Unit Architecture Unit 11
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Architecture (MA)


 Bay Study by Nick Chantarasak
Nick Chantarasak Bay Study


 Unlocking the Bank of England
Unlocking the Bank of England Nick Chantarasak

by Nick Chantarasak 

 Ceramic Tile
Nick Chantarasak Ceramic Tile

By Nick Chantarasak 

 Paternoster Square
James Faulconer Paternoster Square

By James Faulconer 

 The Edge of the City, Aldgate Scales
Marie Sophie Habermann Aldgate Scales

By Marie Sophie Habermann 

 Micro-urban environment
Sasha Nash Micro-urban environment

By Sasha Nash 

 A New Riverfront
A new riverfront Sasha Nash

by Sasha Nash 

 Riverfront Elevations
Steven Pirks Riverfront Elevations

by Steven Pirks 

 Ceramic Casting
Steven Pirks Ceramic Casting

by Steven Pirks 

 Ceramic Façade Tests
Wil Meaden Ceramic Facade

by Wil Meaden 

 Public Lobby
Public Lobby Simon Thorpe

by Simon Thorpe 

 Shadow City
Kathryn Harris Shadow City

by Kathryn Harris 

 Underground Masterplan
Underground Masterplan by Harold Hill

by Harold Hill 

 Under The City
Under The Cityby Harold Hill

by Harold Hill 

 Evolving Urban Grain
Evolving Urban Grain Sasha Nash

by Sasha Nash 

 Interior and Exterior Pub Landscape
Interior and Exterior Pub Landscape Jason Bolger

by Jason Bolger 

 The Barbican Resort
The Barbican Resort Harriet Nelson

by Harriet Nelson 

 'Reinforcing the cultural vein: The new London wall'
Emily Broom

by Emily Broom 

Deborah Saunt
David Hills
Nicola Ibbotson

Jason Bolger
Emily Broom
Nick Chantarasak
James Faulconer
Marie-Sophie Haberman
Kathryn Harris
Mirsad Krasniqi
Wil Meaden
Devan Mistry
Sasha Nash
Hattie Nelson
Bharat Pankhania
Steven Pirks
Paul Reynolds
Simon Thorpe

Peter Rees
Carol Patterson
Peter Murray
Mel Dodd
Christopher Pierce
Rosamund Diamond
Will Hunter
Peter Carl
Antony Robbins
Fred Gatley
Sam Potter
Jef Smith
Louis Hall
Matt Lambert
Mark Irving
Tom Holbrook
Alicia Pivaro
Leon van Schaik