“All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of Light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.”– Louis Kahn
This suggests that it is the architects’ use of material and its placement that forms a fundamental quality of architecture. It is primarily the study of materials and light, in the context of London and Nepal, that will form the basis of this year’s studio programme.
You'll engage in a six-week preliminary project to investigate the effects of sunlight and shadow on a site in London. Using modelling, drawing and photographic techniques, students will examine how interior and exterior spaces can be modulated with a focus on the section of a building, and how the placement and articulation of light and dark can create a distinctive architectural language.
For the major project, we will continue our investigation of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. We will begin by spending 10 days exploring, surveying and understanding the physical and cultural topography of the historic hilltop village of Kirtipur on the outskirts of the city of Kathmandu.
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 and material fabric itself. We will be returning to raw materials, to address issues of rapid urban development, seismic construction, vernacular heritage and scarce resources – all factors that are affecting the changing topographic landscape of Kathmandu. Individual design projects will emerge from unique observations and experiences gathered, and sites chosen by students, during the field trip.
Image: Urban development in the historic hilltop village of Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal (Image credit: Corina Tuna)
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.