This year Studio 06 will focus on the theme of ‘Collaborations’. We will continue to investigate the ideas established by the studio in recent years and will again work with good examples of historic and contemporary architecture.
Architecture, more than any other art, is a product of collaboration. A conventional understanding of collaboration in architecture is that which occurs between the different actors that give life to a new building: clients, engineers and city authorities all contribute to the task of design, with the architect supplying a unique artistic vision to shape and co-ordinate these disparate voices.
Our interest expands upon this rather prosaic understanding of collaboration. We will explore collaborations which occur across time. To imagine a new piece of architecture is always about adjusting and appropriating an existing situation and about putting one thing next to another. Cities and buildings evolve through iteration: through construction, demolition and re-construction. They become multi-layered and complex. Authorship becomes ambiguous. Is St Peter’s Basilica in Rome the work of Bramante, who conceived of the initial proposals, or Michelangelo or Maderno, who completed the project 100 years later? Collaboration can give rise to strange and exciting juxtapositions, to mistakes, to ambiguity, to discordant clashes of style and ego.
This year students will again have the chance to propose projects to extend seminal existing pieces of architecture. These buildings will themselves be the products of the work of important architects separated by time and circumstance. As we develop our proposals we will untangle how the vision of the contemporary architect has been informed by that of their predecessor. Design projects will create a new whole in which the relationships between the works, between old and new, is more important than the individual parts.
Projects will be linked programmatically, with the hotel-type used to develop buildings with a significant presence, a civic demeanour and a convivial atmosphere.
In November we will travel to Switzerland to visit seminal works of contemporary architecture by Zumthor, Miller and Maranta, Olgiati and their peers. We will also visit the sites for final design projects.
Studio 01: The Gesture of a Building
Alex Bank and Sam Casswell
Studio 01 is looking at the contribution architecture makes to the life of a place.
Studio 02: After City: Assemblage, Incrementalism and Infrastructures
Colin O’Sullivan and Charlotte Harris
Studio 02 will examine and propose design interventions in Germany this year.
Studio 03: Crossing Cultures – Re-thinking Campus
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister
Studio 03 is concerned with architecture as a form of agency, involving civic making through practice.
Studio 04: Place for Play
Anna Ludwig and Rufus Willis
Studio 04 is looking at how the space of play has coexisted and still coexists with spaces of exchange and circulation, political space and cultural space.
Studio 06: Collaborations
Andrew Jackson, David Leech and Martin Nässén
Studio 06 will focus on the theme of ‘Collaborations’ and continue to investigate the ideas established by the studio in recent years and will again work with good examples of historic and contemporary architecture.
Studio 07: FIT
Robert Barnes and Bo Tang
Studio 07 will be basing this year’s work in Athens, Greece as both a continuation and new departure for the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources.
Studio 08: good growth
Gareth Morris and Ulrike Steven
This year Studio 08 will be responding to the Mayor of London’s call to create a ‘City for All Londoners’ based on the principles of ‘good growth’ – ‘development that is socially, environmentally and economically inclusive.’
Studio 09: Public Rooms, Convergent Spaces
Jillian Jones, Ewan Stone and David Howarth
Studio 09 will look to how new spaces for cultural and community provision in London’s East End can be more locally generated.
Studio 10: Old, New, Hot and Cool
Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams
Studio 10 will propose buildings which are old, new, hot and cool and develop architectural projects which sit between these definitions to explore the role of the architect as a critical agent in society.