UG Architecture Studio 02: Back to Front

Studio brief

In studio, you will develop your own techniques in making, capturing the qualities of a particular location. Through modelling, sketching, montage and writing you will begin to be propositional. We encourage you to be more deliberate and conscious in this creative act, drawing out architectural interventions that offer something special to the locations you have been recording. With ideas and ways of working gathered from investigations in London, you will develop strategies of conglomeration and projects that allow for spaces to deliberately conflict and converge; propositions that have the capacity to absorb additions, creating a social architecture with the potential for activities to take place within and around a building. We promote an idea of intensity of activity and mixture of use, heightening an urban experience rather than a singular, specific programme. These uses are likely to change over time and therefore tolerance should be designed into the architecture. Also, you are encouraged to consider timber prefabrication as a method of construction early in the design process. Offering many benefits, this type of construction provides the opportunity to work directly and collaboratively with skilled professional makers, as well introducing phasing and time to building processes and the transformation of the city. 

Studio 02 will also continue its collaboration with Berlin-based research organisation, The Leibniz Institute for Research on Space and Society and with Unit H at the University of East London (UEL).

Rough rectangular concrete casting with raised ridges


Tutors Colin O’Sullivan
Charlotte Harris

Jamie-Scott Baxter (Leibniz IRS, Berlin)
Jane Clossick (London Met)
Felix Xylander-Swannell
Keita Tajima (UEL)
Pip Longson
Ryan McStay
Nina Gerada

Where Goulston Street
When Tuesday and Friday

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