Old, New, Hot and Cool
"The ruin strikes us so often as tragic but not as sad – because destruction here is not something senselessly coming from the outside but rather the realisation of a tendency inherent in the deepest layer of the existence of the destroyed."
Georg Simmel, The Ruin (1911)
This year, Studio 10 will propose buildings which are old, new, hot and cool. We will develop architectural projects which sit between these definitions to explore the role of the architect as a critical agent in society.
During the seventeenth century, architects were expected to undertake a Grand Tour for at least three years, where they would measure, study, observe and record antiquities; not to copy and recreate similar works in Great Britain, but to understand and transpose classical ideals to new contexts when they return home.
Visiting a ruin offers the opportunity to read and decode what might have been, and allow the imagination to construct that which once was. In this sense, ruins can be seen as a projection of a new architecture, as a trace of an architecture that perhaps never was. The archaeology of the ruin becomes an architectural invention, an alternative of what has always been. As John McMorrough writes, "Its appeal lies in its simultaneous embodiment of demise and preservation of the idea of architecture". This year, we will be discussing that which becomes ambiguous between these two states, and how we can exploit this platform as critical practitioners.
In their canonical text Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism, Robert Somol and Sarah Whiting use a Hollywood actor as an analogy for a ‘hot’ critical practice, noting "the struggle not just within the character, but between the actor and the character, such that the trace of the construction of the character is visible." Projective architecture, on the other hand, is "cool, easy, and never looks like work; it's about mood or the inhabitation of alternative realities".
Travelling through Germany between Cologne and Berlin, we will consider the presence of ruins, young and old, their political and poetic legacies, and the buildings which result from the collision between commentaries of the past, as well as projections of the future.
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.