Unit 10

About the show

The Unit is concerned with developing and designing interventions across a range of scales and ambitions, and seek as far as possible to develop authentic proposals in socially, economically, politically and environmentally challenging contexts. Central to the philosophy of the unit is the notions of tolerance, generosity, an economy of means and time.

Unit 10 is looking for inspiration from the ordinary and every day as well as carefully designed and crafted architecture and urban spaces that has stood the test of time. Through our design processes we encourage students to develop their own individual design sensibilities in response to the given context.

Starting from a concrete situation of urbanity the unit stresses the use of a combination of research, thinking methodologies, and creative practice to propose strategic interventions that span extremes of scale, from the immediate and personal, to the collective and geographical. A common attitude and investigation into the material manifestation of the environment underpins continuity from the detailed to the large scale. Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism themselves are not seen as a shift in scalar thinking, but as overlapping and inseparable fields occupying the same territory.

We emphasize the development of intuition and process to test and develop new forms of architecture, landscape and urbanisms in practice as well as questioning the current state of play. We work with students as fellow innovators in a programme that is both visionary and hands on in seeking to propose architectural and urban futures that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, distinctive and enjoyable.

Miyagi Prefecture, Japan and the West Cumbrian Coast

A group of 16 students travelled to the Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. We were welcomed to meet with staff and students at Miyagi University in Sendai, and staff at the Planning Office of Higashimatsushima and the local NGO HOPE. After extensive walking, observing and discussions the students chose three sites, Omagari to the East of the city, Nobiru and Miato Island to the west. The aim of the city officials and HOPE is not just to repair and restore, but to build a better city. We were encouraged to speculate about the longer term future of the areas that are now deemed unsafe for housing, and to develop strategies for future employment, security and land use. We travelled to Tokyo to meet with Toyo Ito, who’s initiative Home for All: Is architecture possible here inspired Unit 10.

16 strategies and proposals were developed, which will also be exhibited in Rias Ark Museum Of Art, Miyagi in September.

A group of four students travelled to West Cumbria, and again after extensive walking, observing and discussions the students chose two sites, Workington and Whitehaven.

Nobiru, Higashimatsushim

Exhibition details

Location Central House 2nd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Studio Studio 10

Students' work

 Site 1
Unit 10

Nobiru, Higashimatsushim 

 Fiona MacDonald
Fiona MacDonald Unit 10 RIBA 2

Learning through Renga 

 Fiona MacDonald
Fiona MacDonald Forest School Unit 9 RIBA 2

Forest School 

 William Le Gresley
William Le Gresley Market and Community Building 1 Unit 9 RIBA 2

Market and Community Building, Nobiru & Tona 

 William Le Gresley
William Le Gresley sketch Market and Community Building Unit 9 RIBA 2

Market and Community Building, Nobiru & Tona 

 Kathryn Harris
Kathryn Harris Reusing the conveyorbelt in Nobiru Unit 9 RIBA 2

Homes possible Here? Reusing Conveyorbelt, Nobiru 

 Kathryn Harris
Kathryn Harris Sketch reusing the conveyorbelt in Nobiru Unit 9 RIBA 2

Homes possible Here? Reusing Conveyorbelt, Nobiru 

 Sophie Greene - Work Homes for Nobiru Old Town
Sophie Greene Work Homes Unit 9 RIBA 2

Opportunities in an Accidental Landscapes 

 Sophie Greene
Sophie Greene Work Homes 2 Unit 9 RIBA 2

Opportunities in an Accedental Landscapes, Work Ho 

 John Kirwan
John Kirwan Old Nobiru Station Unit 9 RIBA 2

Reconfiguring old Nobiru Station 

 John Kirwan
John Kirwan Old Nobiru Station 2 Unit 9 RIBA 2

Reconfiguring old Nobiru Station 

 Ayesha Khan
Ayesha Khan The Nobiru Greenway Unit 9 RIBA 2

The Nobiru Greenway 

 Ayesha Khan
Ayesha Khan The Nobiru Greenway 2 Unit 9 RIBA 2

The Nobiru Greenway 

 Alexandra Reed
Alexandra Reed 1 Unit 9

Recycling Centre and Public Park 

 Alexandra Reed
Alexandra Reed Recycling Centre and Public Park 2 Unit 9 RIBA 2

Recycling Centre and Public Park 

 Mirsad Krasniqi
Mirsad Krasniqi 1 Unit 9

Nobiru Sea Wall Hotel 

 Mirsad Krasniqi
Mirsad Krasniqi 2 Unit 9

Nobiru Sea Wall Hotel 

 Site 2
Site 2 Miato Island Unit 9 RIBA 2

Miato Island 

 Charlotte Perkins
Charlotte Perkins 1 Unit 10 RIBA2

Umi no Bon Festival 

 Charlotte Perkins
Charlotte Perkins 2 Unit 1 RIBA 2

Umi no Bon Festival 

 Charlotte Perkins
Charlotte Perkins 3 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Umi no Bon Festival 

 Site 3
Site 3 Omagari Unit 10 RIBA 2

Omagari 

 Cassandra Vas
Cassandra Vas 1 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Metal recycling and fabrication centre 

 Cassandra Vas
Cassandra Vas 2 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Metal recycling and fabrication centre 

 Demetri Zacharia
Demetri Zacharia 1 Unit 10 RIBA 2

BioMass Energy Production and Public Sauna 

 Demetri Zacharia
Demetri Zacharia 2 Unit 10 RIBA 2

BioMass Energy Production and Public Sauna 

 Zakiya Umar
Zakiya Umar 1 Unit 20 RIBA 2

Ceramics Centre 

 Zakiya Umar
Zakiya Umar 2 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Ceramics Centre 

 Yu Pin Chan
Yu Pin Chan Nambu Tekki Craft Centre Unit 10 RIBA 2

Nambu Tekki Craft Centre 

 Yu Pin Chan
Yu Pin Chan Nambu Tekki Craft Centre 2 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Nambu Tekki Craft Centre 

 Site 4
Site 4 West Cumbria Workington and Whitehaven Unit 10 RIBA 2

West Cumbria: Workington and Whitehaven 

 Alim Saleh
Alim Saleh Whitehaven Unit 10 RIBA 2

Fish Market, processing and Hotel, Whitehaven 

 Alim Saleh
Alim Saleh Whitehaven 2 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Fish Market, processing and Hotel, Whitehaven 

 William Beeston
William Beeston Workington Unit 10 RIBA 2

Metal recycling and fabrication centre and park 

 William Beeston
William Beeston 2 Unit 10 RIBA 2

Metal recycling and fabrication centre and park 

Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook, Nina Scholz

with Rose Nag

Year 5

Emily Broom

Yu-Pin Chan

Sophie Greene

Kathryn Harris

Belawel Hussein

Mirsad Krasniqi

William Le Gresley

Fiona MacDonald

Alexandra Reed

Zakiya Umer

Zana Ziad

Year 4

William Beeston

Emma Gibson

Ayesha Khan

John Kirwan

Yoko Kuroda

Charlotte Perkins

Alim Saleh

Cassandra Vaz

Demetri Zacharia

In Tokyo:

Toyo Ito

Mariko Abe

In Miyagi:

Professor Senhiko Nakata, Miyagi University

Staff and Students, Miyagi University

Yuko Odaira, HOPE Higashimatsushima

Shintaro Tsuruoka, HOPE, Higashimatsushima

Staff at Higashimatsushima City Town Hall

In West Cumbria:

Nigel Catterson, Utropia Ltd; Solway Energy Gateway Ltd

Chris Bamber, Copeland Borough Council

Simon Berry, English Lakes Hotels Ltd

Stuart Galpin, Galpin Landscape Architecture

In London:

Shin Egashira

Edgar Gonzales

Jason Coleman

Mathew Barac

Nate Kolbe,

Dann Jessen

Robert Mull

Angie Pascoe

Sandra Denicke Polcher

Punya Sehmi

Freddie Philipsson

Peter Carl

Environmental & Services Consultant:

Neil Daffin