Studio 8 - Airport City

About the show

With its runway on the water, London City Airport was a potent symbol of the business-led docklands redevelopment of the 1980s. However, travellers commuting between the financial centres of Europe must pass through the London Borough of Newham; one of the most diverse and one of the most deprived areas in the UK, with 144 first languages spoken in schools and high levels of poverty and unemployment.

This year, as debate has raged daily over the economic benefits and environmental costs of air travel, we have navigated between the neoliberal ‘aerotropolis’ agenda and first-world fantasies of agrarian retreat, to explore the potential for global exchange to benefit the people of Newham.

We investigated the disjointed and neglected residential and industrial surroundings of the airport; first through drawing and photography, then through a proposal for a temporary exhibition hall. We collaborated with graphic design students in Leipzig on five display systems testing generic and specific approaches to exhibition design. We studied parallel and contrasting conditions in the post-industrial landscapes of the Ruhr Valley and the large-span spaces of the public buildings of Berlin and Cologne.

Each student has developed a final proposal as an optimistic first element in a progressive and critical masterplan. Interventions at different scales integrate shared spaces and bold and complex public programmes with the airport in the unique landscape and social context of the Royal Docks.

Aviation Palace by Migle Pikelyte

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30pm-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (1st Floor)
Studio Architecture Studio 8
Links System Design Class, Leipzig
Course Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1

Students' work

 Aviation Palace
Aviation Palace Migle Pikelyte 1 Studio 8

by Migle Pikelyte 

 Site photograph
Site photograph Sarah Nottet-Madsen Studio 8

by Sarah Nottet-Madsen 

 Site study
Site Study Jean-Marc Don Mello Studio 8

by Jean-Marc Don Mello 

 Site study
Site study Aya Fibert Studio 8

by Aya Fibert 

 Magri's Snack Bar
Magris Snack Bar Aya Fibert Studio 8

by Aya Fibert 

 Dry dock study
Dry dock study Sam Little Studio 8

by Sam Little 

 Bus Stop Hall
Bus Stop Hall Sam Little Studio 8

by Sam Little 

 Bus Stop Hall (legacy)
Bus Stop Hall legacy Sam Little Studio 8

by Sam Little 

 Basketball Court Hall (legacy)
Basketball Court Hall Migle Pikelyte Studio 8

by Migle Pikelyte 

 Airport Futures
Airport Futures Belva Tabor Dennis Karamitsios Studio 8

by Belva Tabor / Dennis Karamitsio 

 Two Futures
Two futures Sam Little Studio 8

by Sam Little 

 Art Store
Art Store Kosha Mirrazavi Studio 8

by Kosha Mirrazavi 

 Dry Dock Station
Dry Dock Station Sam Little Studio 8

by Sam Little 

 Data Store
Data Store Tom Melson Studio 8

by Tom Melson 

 Canteen
Canteen Danishka Dias Sumanasekera Studio 8

by Danishka Dias Sumanasekera 

 Aviation Palace
Aviation Palace Migle Pikelyte Studio 8

by Migle Pikelyte 

 Park Hotel
Park Hotel Jean-Marc Don Mello Studio 8

by Jean-Marc Don Mello 

 IT School
IT School Tom Melson Studio 8

by Tom Melson 

 Art Store
Art Store Kosha Mirrazavi 2 Studio 8

by Kosha Mirrazavi 

Emmanuel Adebanjo
Fagr Al-Afif
Yasin Alizadeh
Gabriel Basa
Anastasia Chondronikola
Danishka Dias Sumanasekera
Jean-Marc Don Mello
Aya Fibert
Pratik Giri
Clara Gradinariu
Urim Islami
Dennis Karamitsios
Luke La Thangue
Samuel Little
Thomas Melson
Kosha Mirrazavi
Sarah Nottet-Madsen
Migle Pikelyte
Kostas Polychroniou
Rupert Szyszko
Belva Tabor
Zack Vieira
Nic Wedlake

Samson Adjei
Peter Carl
Philip Christou
Alison Crawshaw
Lucy Dinnen
Lina Grumm
Oliver Klimpel
Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts
Robert Mull
Jonathan Parr
Natasha Reid
Tom Robertshaw
Alistair Shaw
Geoff Shearcroft
Gurmeet Sian
Ed Simpson
Signy Svalastoga
Iain Thomson