Studio 7 will continue their investigation in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, and will travel there in November. This year’s focus will be on peri-urban areas – a negotiation of shared spaces between brick factories, urban villages, and agricultural land. Following the devastating earthquake in April 2015, heritage areas within Kathmandu and historic villages surrounding the city have been deeply affected, socially, culturally and economically, as well as the physical fabric itself. We will address issues of rapid urbanisation fuelled by rural to urban migration, seismic construction, food security, and environmental factors surrounding brick production and sustainable technology, all factors which are affecting the changing topographic landscape of Kathmandu.
Students will engage in a preliminary project in London to investigate the effects of sunlight and shadow. Using modelling, drawing and photographic techniques, the students will examine how subtle articulation of building facades and the modulation and placement of the building elements creates a distinctive architectural language.