The Image of Place
In his 1962 film La Jetée, Chris Marker constructed a haunting, dream-like future through a sequence of stills shot on 35mm film. The lingering black and white images were pieced together to evoke fragmented experience and partial memories, where the viewer is invited to imagine the events between the discontinuous frames.
Through workshops in the first semester, you'll develop and adapt skills in filmmaking and photography to construct spatial sequences in the spirit of Marker and other filmmakers with similar styles. These short films will be the foundation of your design thesis, offering an image of place capturing and celebrating the restless complexity of the city, and specifically in your area of study.
You will continue to revisit these themes and techniques throughout the year, not only as a means of investigation but also as a tool for design and as a medium to present work. Moving or sequenced images can well convey spatial intervention where temporality, void and proximity are as important as the static and singular viewpoint in architectural representation we're familiar with today.
We will begin the year with a joint event with our diploma unit and research group Cass Cities, who will share the excellent research carried out by staff and students around the Old Kent Road in south-east London. Their investigative study, which continues to grow from last year, reveals many special finds and exposes the super-diverse nature of this rapidly changing part of London. Drawing on the work and with their assistance, we will establish a specific area of study in proximity to the Old Kent Road where your projects will take place. In return your films will contribute to the accumulative body of material examining this area and we will maintain a working relationship with Cass Cities as they continue to explore this location.
The theme for your study is domestic space and its relationship to the city, which we will begin to discuss from the outset. We have invited professionals engaged in this field to lead seminar groups to debate the subject. During the course of the year, you'll develop a series of architectural designs that respond to and critique this theme.
You're encouraged to consider prefabrication as a method of construction early in the design process. Offering many benefits, this type of construction provides the opportunity to work directly and collaboratively with skilled professional makers, as well introducing phasing and time to building processes and the transformation of the city.
|Course||Architecture BA (Hons)|
|Where||Central House, third floor studios|
|When||Tuesday and Friday|
Studio 1: Articulations of the City
Alex Bank and Sam Casswell
Studio 1: Articulations of the City will challenge you to leave your own architectural trace onto the city space.
Studio 2: The Image of Place
Jamie-Scott Baxter and Colin O’Sullivan
Studio 2: The Image of Place introduces you to filmmaking and photography skills that capture images of spaces within the city.
Studio 3: Extraordinary Everyday
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Geraldine Holland
Studio 3 focuses on the impact that temporary and permanent structures have on the city, with a particular interest in public space.
Studio 4: The Shape of the In-between
Anna Ludwig, Rufus Willis with Richard Cottrell
Studio 4: The Shape of the In-between, focuses on the importance of public space in cities, with a focus on The Square and The Courtyard.
Studio 7: Raw Materials
Robert Barnes and Dr Bo Tang
Studio 7: The study of materials and light, in the context of London and Nepal, will form the basis of this year’s studio programme.
Studio 8: Manufacturing Landscape
William Haggard and Josh Carver
Studio 8: Manufacturing Landscape focuses on the exploration of large structures and the landscapes altered to accommodate them.
Studio 10: (not) Housing
Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams
Studio 10: (not) Housing will encourage you to build an architectural commentary on the housing crisis.