Studio 07 is the degree studio within the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources (ARCSR). Working collaboratively with Postgraduate Unit 06 over the last 16 years in countries such as India, Nepal, West Africa and Eastern Europe, the studio allows for individual approaches to define self-motivated programmes supported by an extensive knowledge of techniques and investigative methodologies developed within ARCSR.
The preliminary project will initially focus on simple tasks with complex outcomes, where time to execute well with quality will be the focus of the first of five briefs, each with a few key objectives. We will make large-scale physical models at the start and at the end of the year, and we will look at lightweight structural frames and casts or partial interior spaces. Collectively, on a site in South Bermondsey, we will explore the architectural typology of the large shed/barn in the landscape: factories, warehouses, and the ‘landscape as a cabinet of curiosities’ (Gunther Vogt, 2015).
Eleonas occupies an area of almost 900 hectares just a few kilometres from the centre of Athens. It bears characteristics of post-industrial, brownfield or wasteland; even of an ‘urban void’ within the urban plan of the metropolitan area of the Greek capital. Eleonas (‘olive grove’ in Greek) used to be the holy olive tree plantation of ancient Athens, where the falling of trees was prohibited by Peisistratus in the sixth century BC. At the beginning of the twentieth century, around 50,000 olive trees still existed and Eleonas functioned as a productive agricultural landscape until the Second World War. Today, only a small olive tree plot inside the campus of the Technical Institute of Piraeus remains as a relic of the past. Eleonas will be our location for the main project of the year.
Beginning with a single moment, we will look outwards, engaging culturally and physically in a transitional architectural setting in Europe; a migrant gateway for refugees in Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
Image: Abandoned Farm House in Eleonas – View from Garden, Athens, Greece (2017) Robert Barnes
Studio 01: Generosity
Alex Bank and Sam Casswell
Studio 1 will explore the potential of generosity in architecture. Generosity comes from the design of real things simply expressed; the interrelation of exterior / interior spaces; the gesture of a building; structure / construction; proportions, materials, textures, colours. Practicing these fundamental aspects of architecture will require effort, intellect, humour and a good eye. We will investigate how architecture can bring a lasting sense of delight and pleasure to sites in central London.
Studio 02: After City 2 – Tolerance and Compromise
Colin O’Sullivan and Charlotte Harris
Studio 02 will continue its explorations of European rural settlements, this year in Alentejo, Portugal.
Studio 03: Crossing Cultures Industrious Edgelands: a productive threshold between town and country
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister
The studio offers students to be part of a larger research group and develop architecture proposals and strategies for the depopulated mountain village, Belmonte Calabro, in Southern Italy. Working with local stakeholders, migrants and graduates, Studio 3 proposes an “Industrious Edgeland” to re-animate the town of Belmonte; preforming as an inhabited live-work threshold and engaging the surrounding landscape with the civic town centre.
Studio 04: Frame and Horizon
Anna Ludwig and Rufus Willis
Studio 4 will consider the topography of London’s city wall and how, through the good governance of urban institutions, sanctuaries in the city can be created to provide support and opportunities for its citizens. Our speculations, informed by two closely related representational conceptions: Frame and Horizon, will assert a public realm in which edge conditions become borders for exchange not boundaries of separation.
Studio 06: The Experimental House
James Payne and David Leech
"While it is true that concentrating on the individual house is socially irresponsible...the little house should not be scorned." Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, Some Houses of Ill-Repute, essay 1971.
Studio 07: Looking Outwards
Robert Barnes and Dr Bo Tang
Studio 07 offers students the opportunity to engage in a transitional setting in Europe; a migrant gateway for refugees in Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
Studio 09: The Foundation: Private Realms, Public Rooms
Jillian Jones, Ewan Stone with David Howarth
Studio 09 are interested in how buildings engage with the public life of the city. We will be working in London and Venice, examining the evolution of domestic architecture from places of living to spaces for exhibition and display.
Studio 10: Both Directions at Once: Architecture After Brexit
Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams
What will be the Architecture of Brexit? How can the way we build represent a democracy pulling in both directions at once? A flawed memory of the past and an imagined future are the basis of many voter’s reasoning for voting in the 2016 EU referendum. We will be visiting historic buildings around the UK to reimagine defunct architectures to offer a commentary on the divergent identities emerging across the UK, looking to the past to say something surprising about the future.