Public Rooms, Convergent Spaces
The London Legacy Development Corporation are in the process of delivering the capitals largest cultural building project since Albertopolis, the complex of public Victorian buildings, which transformed South Kensington in the mid-19th Century. One of the aims is Convergence; the process of closing the gap in performance and prospects between London’s wealthiest and poorest communities through contact with established civic institutions, the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, the Smithsonian and the London College of Fashion.
We would like to critique the effectiveness of this replication and look to how new spaces for cultural and community provision in London’s East End can be more locally generated. Our sites will be in the Lea Valley, on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and over the year we will work to develop typologies of equitable public rooms, educational buildings and art spaces that enable and support existing and emerging communities. We will look to art practice, photography and performance to inform critique and proposition.
We will undertake studies of existing public rooms, cultural spaces and associated public realm and examine the nature of threshold, enclosure in informing successful precedents. We will travel to Flanders, Belgium and look to examples in Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges.
We will explore architecture beyond mere programme, engaging with the typological idea of public building and the ways they can positively affect the context around them. We are interested in the act of making, encouraging students, through the exploration of a range of techniques, to develop a deep understanding of the critical relationship between strategy and detail from the room to the city.
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.