Unit 11

About the show

What role does architecture have in infrastructure projects? Can architecture bring value?

Using the proposed HS2 route as a test bed we asked what role architecture has in infrastructure projects.

As the UK’s biggest infrastructure project, High Speed 2 represents the conundrum of how to balance national strategic ambitions when they literally collide with everyday life. How such new initiatives forcefully touch the ground is clearly relevant yet few architects take centre stage during the process.

Throughout the year we have studied the line of the route, first looking at rural conditions north of London. To research the nature of the cultural specificity of the relationship between landscape and infrastructure we used the language of Landscape Painting, as a means for communicating value. The unit then returned to London to study the Euston area and proposed alternatives to the current plans for the station and wider area.

In reaction a manifesto was developed setting out design policies for the whole route. Final Thesis projects grew from this document, asking: Should we design landscape through the view from the train? Can HS2 temporary structures become permanent parts of communities? Heritage vs. HS2? What will happen to leftover space along the line? Is a Linear Development Agency the solution? Can we anticipate urbanism in New Towns? Is it possible to ‘stay put’ close to the line? Can contemporary railway villages help the housing crisis? If 13 years is temporary, how can the redevelopment of Euston be designed to reduce blight?

Gilbert Leung: We love HS2

Exhibition details

Location Central House 4th Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2
Unit Unit 11

Students' work

 Gilbert Leung
Unit 11 Image by Gilbert Leung

We love HS2 

 Pavlos Savva
Pavlos Savva HS2 Viaduct Unit 11 RIBA 2

HS2 Viaduct: Underpass Diptych 

 Jason Bechtle
Jason Bechtle Horse Bridge Unit 11 RIBA 2

HS2: Staying Put! Horse Bridge 

 Ben Rowe
Ben Rowe HS2 Unit 11 RIBA 2

Euston Cutting Housing 

 Myles Turner
Myles Turner  HS2 Diptych Unit 11 RIBA 2

HS2 Diptych 

 Ben Rowe
Ben Rowe Lineside Unit 11 RIBA 2

HS2 Lineside Development Agency 

 Ben Rowe
Ben Rowe Unit 11 RIBA 2

Euston cutting housing model 

 Emma Armstrong
Emma Armstrong Chetwode New Town Unit 11 RIBA 2

Chetwode New Town 

 Emma Armstrong
Emma Armstrong 2 Unit 11 RIBa 2

Chetwode noise map 

 Gilbert Leung
Gilbert Leung euston School Bridge Unit 11 RIBA 2

Euston School Bridge 

 Roque Martire
Roque Martire Landscape Model Unit 11 RIBA 2

Landscape Model 

 Kieran Murray
Kieran Murray
Victoria Station Unit 11 RIBA 2

Victoria Station study 

 Hasan Abbas
Hasan Abbas
Euston Cross Axonometric Unit 11 RIBA 2

Euston Cross Axonometric 

 Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee Proposed Turweston Viaduct Unit 11 RIBA 2

Proposed Turweston Viaduct 

 Sean Kitchen - The View from the train
Sean Kitchen
The View from the train

Proposal to redevelop Codemasters Campus 

 Abigail McGrahan
Abigail McGrahan Unit 11 RIBA 2

HS1 HS2 Camden Link