Studio 4 will be working in London, proposing new school buildings on urban sites. Engaging with real projects and stakeholders, we will develop proposals that imagine new types of learning space and interrogate preconceptions about school environments.
In England, 90% of schools have significant defects, with children learning in cold, leaky, cramped and even dangerous buildings. Government initiatives to address this value cheap and quick over imaginative and long-lasting. School-aged children have suffered over the last two years, with long absences and hasty adaptations to meet Covid guidelines. This summer, extreme temperatures also saw many schools close.
Our schools are neither fit for purpose nor future-proof, and the potential for architecture to inspire and bring joy and creativity to learning has been largely forgotten.
We will start by working on the threshold of schools to support the creation of school streets. Designs will identify and manipulate ordinary aspects of the walk to school making small scale, playful interventions in the public realm. Proposals will be tactile and engaging and begin to test material and construction ideas that will later be explored further in the school building proposal.
The study trip will bring us to the Netherlands to explore radical visions of the twentieth and twenty-first century, including the Apollo School by Herman Hertzberger, which displays a range of spaces to encourage activities outside the classroom.
Studio 4 will challenge students to conceive a new school building in a constrained site in London. Beginning at the urban scale, students will immerse themselves in the site and instinctively propose a first massing before moving to the scale of the room. Physical models will be used to develop the spatial and tectonic qualities of the proposals encouraging students to think about the relationship between the constructional language and expression of the building.
Throughout the year, workshops and debates will be organised to develop our understanding of school architecture, construction methods and develop key skills, such as image and model-making, photography, hand-drawing and lino printing.
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UG Architecture Studio 01: Building for Goldilocks: The Hot, the Cool, and the Just Right
Owain Williams, Holly Crosbie and Kieran Wardle
Studio One will work with old and new buildings to propose a thoughtful, adaptive architecture to serve an uncertain future.
UG Architecture Studio 02: After City 3 - Reversals
Charlotte Harris and Colin O’Sullivan
Studio 2 returns to Portugal to examine the changes associated with our post-pandemic world. The pull of the city to the detriment of rural life has been a long-established reality here but now that many have accepted a more fluid relationship with work, study and home life, has the seemingly inexorable pull of the city been slowed or even reversed? What can our cities learn from the past three years and how must our buildings respond to the change?
UG Architecture Studio 03: Weaving the Factory Village
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister. Academic Facilitator for Calabria: Rita Elvira Adamo
This project imagines a textile factory set within the fabric of Belmonte, a partially uninhabited hill village in Calabria, Southern Italy. It is intended to entangle small, medium, and large scales of tectonic, social and cultural processes. It is in favour of architecture as a social ecology as opposed to picturesque conservation.
UG Architecture Studio 04: City as a School
Fran Balaam, Ingrid Petit
The studio will be proposing new types of school buildings for London. Working in the context of an uncertain future, we will design at a range of scales to explore the potential of school architecture to inspire and engage children and be resilient to changing needs and climate. Robustness and longevity will underpin the studio’s work with each proposal developing a close understanding of materials, tectonics and construction methods.