Unit 14

Redressing - The Badlands of Southern England

About the show

Landscape

The landscape of southern England has been subject to great transformation and change, still much of it may be experienced as rural countryside. There are few completely new settlements, even the new towns of the postwar period were generally extensions of existing settlements and were built mainly to the north of London. The scale of change has increased dramatically in the 20th century. Road and railway infrastructure has sliced up the land, even overriding landownership rights of the aristocracy if necessary. The pragmatics of constructing major transport infrastructure has revealed different building types and land use in surreal juxtaposition. It created the conditions, in the latter half of the twentieth century, for the extension and development of London especially along the motorway corridors – an expanding force-field of airports, hypermarkets, business parks and leisure centres, barely held it check by green belt legislation which is now increasingly challenged.

Settlement

We have focussed our attention on the landscape to the west of London – defunct Middlesex (now part of Greater London), Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset through which the M4 motorway passes. We have been concerned as much with the prehistoric landscape, as the successive transformations of the land that have taken place since the Roman occupation over a thousand years ago. We have studied sites that we call pocket landscapes, where despite the best endeavours of planning legislation and before the advent of the conservation movement the land was developed in a piecemeal way; where global ambition overrode the concerns of small communities, leaving once rural settlements stranded within the hinterland of airport expansion, villages isolated within land taken over by the military, farms engulfed by industrial development and the grounds of stately homes given over to motorway services. Cultural changes and the indifference of communities to what has gone before has seen places such as Avebury in Wiltshire, one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe, overlaid by medieval and subsequent settlement. We have been interested in the ruins and landforms left by previous generations, and the potential to work generously on landscapes and environments that have been degraded through misuse or owing to the passage of time.

Gathering

Our interest has been in the design of a space and place for gathering and as a focal point for the immediate and wider community. The programme was an invitation to consider the design of an environment and its use and purpose within a wider context extrapolated from the pre-existing conditions of the site. Design development of proposals has explored issues of scale considering also the necessity for intimacy and a sense of nearness in terms of landscape, building and the interior, using ethnographic procedures, detailed material studies and carefully judged means of representation. We have also been interested in material culture and the notion of inventory, assemblage and curation in relation to objects and their setting.

Exhibition Shot Andrew 1

Exhibition details

Location Central House 3rd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2
Unit Unit 14

Students' work

 Exhibition Shot Andrew 1
Unit 14

 

 Exhibition Shot Andrew 2
Exhibition Shot Andrew 2 Unit 14 RIBA 2

 

 Exhibition Shot Andrew 3
Exhibition Shot Andrew 3 Unit 14 RIBA 2

 

 Exhibition Shot Matt 1
Exhibition Shot Matt 1 Unit 14 RIBA 2

 

 Map Drawing
Map Drawing Unit 14 RIBA 2

 

 Greg Edwards
Greg Edwards Kew Gardens Unit 14 RIBA 2

The Memorial Landscape of Kew Gardens 

 Andrew Skulina
Andrew Skulina Jupps Wharf Unit 14 RIBA 2

Jupp's Wharf, Brentford 

 Katya Matsievskaya
Katya Matsievskaya Boston Manor Platform Unit 14 RIBA 2

Boston Manor Platform, Brentford 

 Finbarr O'Dempsey
Finbarr O'Dempsey Colne Valley Unit 14 RIBA 2

Movements; The Territory of the Lower Colne Valley 

 Barnaby Hughes
Barnaby Hughes Collected Living Bray Unit 14 RIBA 2

Collected Living, Bray 

 James Taylor
James Taylor Unit 14

Monoculture of peripheral development 

 Sophie Habermann
Sophie Habermann Unit 14 RIBA 2

Military and Social Occupation of RAF, Newbury 

 Will Hardy
Will Hardy Unit 14 Interstitial Territory

Interstitial Territory, West Berkshire 

 Matt Hopkins
Matt Hopkins Membury Unit 14 RIBA 2

Stageset of Mundanity, Membury 

 Annabel Read
Annabel Read Lambourn Unit 14 RIBA 2

Roaming Markers, Lambourn 

 Eleanor Lygo
Eleanor Lygo Salisbury Plains Unit 14 RIBA 2

The Transitional Boundary of the Salisbury Plains 

 Joe Mills
Joe Mills Swindon Rail Station Unit 14 RIBA 2

Swindon Rail Station 

 Kate Holt
Kate Holt Estate Pockets Unit 14 RIBA 2

Estate pockets and the Hoi Polloi, Bowood & Calne 

Greg Edwards
Andrew Skulina
Ekaterina Matsievskaya
Finbarr O’Dempsey
Barnaby Hughes
James Taylor
Sophie Habermann
Will Hardy
Matthew Hopkins
Annabel Read
Eleanor Lygo
Joe Mills
Kate Holt