About the show
This year we have proposed strategies for dealing with faltering post war estates through the inscribing of new uses and compositions over old
Continuing our interest in architecture as city, this year Unit 9 have developed an approach to both urbanism and architecture that explores strategies for dealing with faltering post war housing estates.
Rather than wholesale demolition and rebuilding, we propose a gradual evolution and in particular the layering of both architectural and cultural histories. Existing buildings are viewed as a basis for reworking – a ‘palimpsest’ – onto which it is possible to inscribe new uses and compositions over old.
Our studies have focussed around Hoxton in East London, an area characterised by post war developments and 'modernist visions', interspersed amongst the remaining fragments of its nineteenth century street pattern.
Where the promise of the modernist vision failed to make cites that attended to intimacy and exchange, community and consolation, our proposals concern architecture as city - weaving new layers of urbanity amongst the existing building fabric and focusing on the duty buildings have to the public spaces that they frame; their edges and the interface between the private and public worlds.
Sites were chosen where there was a perceived need to mend or complete an existing piece of urbanism, simultaneously working with existing structures and new buildings alike. Whilst demolition is minimised, our work contributes to a city of additions and accumulations, a repository of collective memory: the city palimpsest.
|Location||Central House 3rd Floor|
|Course||Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2|