Studio 7 - ARCSR

About the show

Studio 7 offered 2 sites for this year’s programme of ‘Exchange in the City’ - Mile End/Bromley by Bow, London and Tai Ganj, Agra

Studio 7 collaborated with students from diploma Unit 6 and the PhD programme in cross studio exchanges, broadening the discussion of the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources throughout the school.

Cities are place where people have decided to come together for mutual support and exchange. Cities have similar qualities despite differing locations and cultures. The opportunity to discover new relationships between London and Agra is exciting and extensive. Studio 7 students were challenged in their assumptions on architecture. They learned to read individual buildings through their materials, styles and construction, to develop an understanding of the city topography and changing urban metabolism. The chosen areas of study offered a rich topography of old and new buildings, civic infrastructure and diverse cultures and identities.

We intended to follow a strict process this year for each of the two projects. This process saw students developing their own ways of drawing based on the following graphical representations:

Plan - A topographical arrangement of the brief.

Section - A spatial version of the plan, thinking about structure.

Elevation - The visual appearance of the whole.

Drawing as a way of revealing and understanding the complex layers of the city emerged from the following methods:

Mapping - Observation, walking about and exploring an area.

Investigating - Requires a knowledge of the city, making something real from research.

Surveying - Measuring and locating within the context.

Narrating - Describing the spaces and what activities there are, a detail.

Field Trips – UK and India

Students participated in a field trip to either: Taj Ganj, Agra, for two weeks to carry out physical and cultural investigations in preparation for their major project; or, for those locating their major project in London, to the Centre for Alternative Technology (Wales) for a 4 day hands-on making workshop focusing on the re-use of everyday materials.

Major Project – Exchange in the City

Following the field trips, major projects were based on investigating the rich diversity of city topography, identity of people and character of buildings in either Mile End/Bromley-by-Bow or Taj Ganj.

Errol Houston 1:1 Scale Prototyping, Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales

Exhibition details

Location Central House 3rd Floor
Course Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1
Studio Studio 7
MA by Project MA by Project
Research ARCSR
Projects Cass Projects

Students' work

 Errol Houston - Scale Prototyping
Errol Houston Studio 7

Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales 

 Agnieszka Pyrdol
Agnieszka Pyrdol Covering the Nala Taj Ganj Studio 7

Covering the Nala, Taj Ganj - Proposed view 

 Aous Hamoud
Aous Hamoud Archive and Gallery Proposed view studio 7

Archive and Gallery, East London - Proposed view 

 Dael Behagg
Dael Behagg Cultural Exercise in Taj Ganj Studio 7

Cultural Exercise in Taj Ganj, convent school 

 Dael Behagg
Dael Behagg Red Fort Agra Studio 7

Sketch - Red Fort, Agra 

 Gurpal Singh Kular - concept image
Gurpal Singh Kular Concept Image Studio 7

Emancipation From Gambling, Taj Ganj 

 Gurpal Singh Kular - proposed section
Gurpal Singh Kular Proposed Section Studio 7

Dance Theatre, Taj Ganj 

 Errol Houston - concept image
Errol Houston Concept Image Studio 7

Alternative Gardenscape, Stroudley Walk 

 Dael Behagg - proposed section
Dael Behagg Proposed section studio 7

Chai (Tea) House, Taj Ganj 

 Raveena Bhavsar
Raveena Bhavsar Wastepicker Studio 7

Wastepicker, Taj Ganj 

 Gurpal Singh Kular
Gurpal Singh Kular Concept Drawing Studio 7

Dance Theatre Proposal, Taj Ganj 

 Aous Hamoud
Aous Hamoud revealing the Scrapyard Studio 7

Revealing the Scrapyard, East London 

 Agnieszka Pyrdol
Agnieszka Pyrdol Green school studio 7

‘Green’ school, Taj Ganj 

 Gurpal Singh Kular
Gurpal Singh Kular Sketch studio 7

Sketch - view of site, Taj Ganj 

 Stefka Sirakova
Stefka Sirakova 1 Studio 7

Reclaiming the Lost Lives of Taj Ganj 

 Stefka Sirakova
Stefka Sirakova 2 Studio 7

Treehouse Lantern, East London 

 Errol Houston
Errol Houston Rooftop garden studio 7

Rooftop Gardenscape, East London 

 Stefka Sirakova
Stefka Sirakova View from the Wall studio 7

View Through the Wall: From 5* Hotel to Slum 

 Harry Crosland
Harry Crosland paper recycling studio 7

Paper Recycling Factory, Taj Ganj 

 Stefka Sirakova
Stefka Sirakova Taj Ganj studio 7

Cultural Exercise in Taj Ganj 

2nd Year

Dael Behagg
Raveena Bhavsar
Harry Crosland
Gerald Darling
Kim Divina-Gracia
Lorenzo Gennari
Aous Hamoud
Lorenc Hyseni
Hannah Jadavji
Valerija Kamolina
Sanaz Khajevandi
Oana Mununar
Rowan Pickup
Anamika Puri
Agnieska Pyrdol
Pelin Saglam
Faisal Sheikh
Gurpal Singh Kular

3rd Year

Folake Emerson
Errol Houston
Stefka Tabor
Elliot Walker

Maurice Mitchell
Francesca Pont
Matthew Barac
NGO CURE India
Shamoon Patwari
Rachel O'Grady
Julia King
Sunand Prasad
Philip Turner
Victoria Timberlake
Jonathan Weaver
+Cass Staff