Exhibition: 26.06.2014 – 06.07.2014
Phillipa Longson - workhome for neon sign maker
About the show
The First Year of the BA Architecture course introduces students of Architecture to the discipline of designing through making.
Two preliminary projects in the first half of the year introduce ways of representation, testing of ideas through exploration and experimentation with drawing techniques and modes of making. For their major project in the second half of the year students work out their first building proposal under the guidance of individual design tutor. The First Year Architecture at The Cass pursues a strong developmental agenda, which is open to a large variety of approaches and ideas. Underlying all our work is a curiosity the role architecture can assume in the way the city functions, lives and plays.
The first term project Making Furniture is based on the understanding and appropriation of industrial ways of making to designs that enrich our everyday experience. The street furniture students produced for a High Street in North London aimed to give visibility to the local area's rich culture of making. All proposals draw on the processes we observed on visits to places of making in Tottenham, ranging from stone masons, shoe makes, chandelier maker, quilters to wood carvers and others. The major project of the second part of the year, Making Spaces, aims to bring together spaces dedicated to making and living in a building that negotiates the conditions of private and public within its urban context. Students are challenged to work out their designs through modelling and drawing, towards imaginative propositions that bear relevance and show appreciation for the city we inhabit.
Gonzalo Coello de Portugal
Tania Lopez Winkler