Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources

Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR) is an established research area within the teaching, research and practice of architecture. The group has made key contributions, alongside initiatives at parallel institutions and organisations including charities and interest groups. It examines and extends knowledge of how the built environment is transformed with an emphasis on pressing areas of policy demand in which formal architectural and design processes tend to have little impact. This includes slum renewal, humanitarian practice, migration dynamics and social development. The focus is on situations where resources are scarce and where both culture and technology are in a state of rapid change.

The group, which has links with the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales, The Water Trust (ARCSR) and international NGOs, has engaged in projects in India, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Nepal, Greece and Italy.

Live project in the settlement of Kachhpura in Agra, India


Prof. Maurice Mitchell, ARCSR Co-ordinator
Dr Bo Tang, ARCSR Deputy Co-ordinator
Dr Nabil Ahmed
Sandra Denicke Polcher
Jane McAllister
Shamoon Patwari
Robert Barnes
Francesca Pont
Odel Jeffries


ARCSR Publications

ARCSR is represented at all levels of study within the School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University: at Undergraduate level (Studio 07) and at Postgraduate level (Unit 06). Studio and research booklets are produced by researchers and students sampling investigative work in the research areas studied that year.

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Banner Image: Map of Kaningo, Aimee Thompson, Eno-Obong Akpan, Agnieszka Pyrdol, Adam Cheltsov and Joe Davis (2018)
Main Image: Wedding Tent Structure in Agra (2011)