Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013

Unit 5 - Constructor Course

Island Urbanism by Alessio Fini

Unit led by David Kohn, Silvia Ullmayer & Alex Gore

About the show

Unit 5 studied self-provided housing models for London, developing new design methods and working with multiple clients.

At present in the UK there is a housing crisis with a massive need for affordable homes and no clear strategy for their delivery. The 2008 economic crash led to the lowest levels of housing supply, mortgage lending and social housing provision for generations with the incumbent widespread social implications and growing inequalities.

In London the problem is particularly acute given the shortage of land and a growing population. Unit 5 asked what should be the qualities of contemporary housing and how might these be delivered. Should housing be standardised and speculative according to rule books as in the Georgian era? Or is the UK ready to work with large groups of end-user clients to develop new housing typologies, common parts that have particular identities, levels of comfort and energy-efficient tailored homes that suit varied needs? Such customised models are being explored outside the UK, so the time is ripe for architects and self-builders to break new ground.

Each student developed their own response to the prevailing conditions, established groups of acting clients, engaged with local suppliers and developed new forms of representation that communicated the basis of each collaborative design decision. The resulting schemes demonstrate how good design coupled with political engagement can lead to exemplary housing architecture and suggest future models for practice.

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 2
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Architecture (MA)


Big House Section

By Alessio Fini

David & Paola

By Francesca White

Agglomeration Study

By Georgia Battye

Marshgate Allotments

By James Ka Pang

Client Screenprints

By Kevin Wong

Perspective Sketch

By Lettice Drake

Incremental Development

By Robin Turner

View from Canal

By Robin Turner

Portrait of Caine

By Rosie Garvey

Portrait of Max

By Sam Grainge

Client Screenprints

By Sam Tuner

Site Model by Unit 5 Students

Courtyard Garden

By Thomas Kalkoven

Agglomeration Study

By Thomas Bromet

Layers of Infrastrucure

By Thomas Bromet

Marshgate Gardens

By Victoria Hamilton


Georgia Battye
Thomas Bromet
Lettice Drake
Alessio Fini
Matthew Farrer
Paul Farry
James Green
Oliver Reinhold
Rosie Garvey
Samuel Grainge
Victoria Hamilton
Jhonnatan Jaramillo
Thomas Kalkhoven
James Pang
Jacob Raslan
Robin Turner
Sam Turner
Darren Wilson
Francesca White
Kevin Wong


Sebastian Adamo
Zoe Berman
Bruce Bell
Shumi Bose
Alison Brooks
Dominic Cullinan
Tom Dyckoff
Pippa Gueterbock
Simone ten Hompel
Adam Khan
Lev Kerimol
Robert Mull
Steve Tomlinson
Roger Zogolovitch

Additional thanks

David Tapias
Mónica Rivera
Pere Buil
Bet Capdeferro
Alberto Sanchez
José Zabala
Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya
Esther Everett 
Facit Homes
Elias Redstone
British Council