Unit 5: The Deep Block
The Deep Block
This year we are interested in the potential space between life and work. Through exploring audacious and ambitious spaces, we'll explore a semi-public offering to the city - the creation of courts, light wells and lobbies within a high-density city block.
You'll study large internal spaces such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation, alongside external spaces such as Piazzale Degli Uffizi. There will be a consideration of the atmosphere created by these rooms, as well as their craft, how they feed into adjacent spaces and their private/public nature.
This continues our themes from last year, such as the division of quarters between servant and owner created by the rich spatial priority in Edwardian mansion blocks, with opulent rooms overlooking the street and utility of the court. The court and light well will be used as a tool, questioning sectional convention and harnessing spatial priority to create delight and density.
The studio will explore the height of buildings in London, primarily through large-scale model making. You'll also walk around, look at and draw collective spaces within the city.
|Course||Professional Diploma in Architecture in RIBA2|
|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.