Cultural Infrastructure 2015-16: Art in Transit
Our critical inquiry comes at a time when our city’s cultural wellbeing has never been so important and when architecture has a critical role to play in shaping people's relationship to the arts and culture "ecosystem". In a recent speech, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made cultural infrastructure one of his top priorities, declaring that “it is now more urgent than ever to unlock its potential to bring people together and to ensure our ongoing status as a globally attractive destination”.
But how exactly can culture's social, physical and intellectual infrastructure achieve all this? How can its networks, facilities and institutions, other than serving high-net-worth individuals, actually enrich the lives of ordinary people? How can we prevent exquisite artworks from entering a web of private networks to be hidden away, severed from the cultures which produced them?
And how does the inherent connection between mobility and art work? Much as a currency flows between countries, art calls for a constant movement of people, artefacts and financial resources – the more a work is exhibited and passed from hand to hand the more it increases in value, sometimes reducing it to a mere asset, where it even disappears from view.
We will draw a taxonomy of cultural venues and art repositories across London – from private galleries and artist’s studios to virtual collections and “freeports”, determining their relation to networks of mobility across the city and across the globe. The thesis project will focus on the design of a significant art space, sited within the context of London’s transport networks.
|Course||Professional Diploma in Architecture|
|Where||Central House, fourth floor studios|
|When||Monday and Thursday|
Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA part II)
Unit 1: Urban Gestalt – Origins of a Town
Professor Florian Beigel and Professor Philip Christou
Unit 1: Urban Gestalt – Origins of a Town will investigate the elements that give a town its urban form and essential spatial character.
Unit 4: Building Lab; Living with Man-made Natures
Andrew Grant, Elian Hirsch, Eva Diu and Jonas Lundberg
Unit 5: The Deep Block
Alex Ely, Michael Dillon, Adam Powell
The Deep Block will explore semi-public spaces through large-scale model making, city exploration by foot and making drawings of the architectural spaces you find.
Unit 6: Civic Assembly
Maurice Mitchell, Francesca Pont and Dr Bo Tang
Unit 6: Civic Assembly investigates the civic assemblies emerging around evolving city infrastructures, focusing on South London and Kathmandu Valley.
Unit 8: Midland Cities I – Leicester
Takero Shimazaki, Summer Islam and T-SA
Unit 8: Midland Cities I – Leicester will investigate recent urban development in the Midlands and propose alternative strategies of renewal.
Unit 10: An Architecture of Relationships IV, Landscapes of Power – Fragile Landscapes
Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook and Edward Simpson
Unit 11: Cultural Infrastructure 2015-16: Art in Transit
David Hills, Alistair Blake, Roberta Marcaccio and Deborah Saunt
Unit 14: Miniature – worlds within worlds
Pierre d’Avoine and Colette Sheddick
Unit 14: Miniature – worlds within worlds introduces you to notions of myth and fabulation in the reinvention of the countryside.
Unit 15: Creative Industry
James Binning and Paloma Strelitz
Unit 15: Creative Industry examines the changing political and economic conditions in the city and its impact on cultural identity.