Unit 9

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.

Colm mac Aoidh Absence in the Presence: Two Sides of a Void

Exhibition details

Location Central House 3rd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Unit Unit 9

Students' work

 Colm mac Aoidh
Unit 9 Image by Colm mac Aoidh

Absence in the Presence: Two Sides of a Void 

 Ethan Ly
Ethan Ly
Urban Enclosures: Revitalising Hoxton Unit 9 RIBA 2

Urban Enclosures: Revitalising Hoxton 

 Eiko Kizu
Eiko Kizu
Observing Bruges: spatial narrative

Observing Bruges: spatial narrative 

 James Goldberg
James Goldberg Unit 9 RIBA 2

Buckland Street Redevelopment 

 Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes

Urban Regeneration of Hoxton from city to street 

 Morris Yip
Morris Yip
Integration of an urban grain Unit 9 RIBA 2

Integration of an urban grain 

 Rory Richardson
Rory Richardson
Urban Intensification in Hoxton Unit 9 RIBA 2

Urban intensification in Hoxton 

 Rauf Christopher Sami Hoxton
Rauf Christopher Sami Hoxton

Residential identity in the post-war landscape 

 Eiko Kizu
RIBA 2 Eiko Kizu
Urban renewal for living in Hoxton

Urban renewal for living in Hoxton 

 Ethan Ly
Ethan Ly
Urban Enclosures: Revitalising Hoxton Unit 9 RIBA 2

Urban Enclosures: Revitalising Hoxton 

 Joseph Brown Defining Regan Way
Joseph Brown
Defining Regan Way

Defining Regan Way - Street Elevation 

 Morris Yip Integration of an urban grain
Morris Yip Integration of Urban Grain Unit 9 RIBA 2

Integration of an urban grain - 1:100 model 

 Rauf Christopher Sami Hoxton
Rauf Christopher Sami Proposed Elevation Unit 9 RIBA

Residential identity in the post-war landscape 

 Andrew Grethe Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton
Andrew Grethe
Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton Unit 9 RIBA 2

Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton 

 Joseph Brown Defining Regan Way
Joseph Brown Defining Regan Way Unit 9 RIBA 2

Defining Regan Way - Elevation fragment 

 Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds Hoxton Palimpsest Unit 9 RIBA 2

Hoxton Palimpsest -Elevation drawing 

 Colm mac Aoidh
Colm mac Aoidh Absence in presence Unit 9 RIBA 2

Absence in the Presence: Two Sides of a Void 

 James Goldberg
James Goldberg
Buckland Street Redevelopment Unit 9 RIBA 2

Buckland Street Redevelopment 

 Andrew Grethe
Andrew Grethe
Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton Unit 9 RIBA 2

Creating the Urban Village, Hoxton