Year 1 & Year 2 Interim Review on our Urban Strategy

Today we have interim review on our urban strategy of Tottenham Hale for Year 1 and of Katowice for Year 2. The requirement for this time is slightly different whereby each of the groups are required to produce a 3 minutes video to tell the story of their urban strategy. The videos of the urban strategy ideas are projected in front of tutors and both Year 1 & Year 2. This is a great opportunities which we have to be precised on how to present our ideas within 3 minutes to make sure the story conveyed is clear and easy to understand. Besides, sharing the videos between both Year 1 & Year 2 allows us to know what others are doing and comment for the better. The urban strategies, apparently,are still developing and more works has to be done for the final.

This is the playlist of the videos created by Year 1. There are 7 groups of them.

This is the playlist of the videos created by Year 2. There are 6 groups of them.

We would like to have your feedback on what we are doing. Feel free to comment :D

Year 1 Tottenham Context Analysis

On Friday the first years presented the videos of the Google mapping we have been doing for various aspects of Tottenham Hale. Amongst the areas examined include Culture & Recreation, Health & Social Care and Occupation & Control, a copy of all the videos can be found blow.

The actual Google maps will act as valuable resources for sharing the information each group has found out with other students and also with various groups back in Tottenham. We have already begun to advance are knowledge of the area from having watched each others videos, including the vast amount of industry existing in the area and the provision of various facilities such as medical, educational and recreation, many of which are lacking. This is begging to get us questioning the current proposed master plan and what developments are actually required in Tottenham Hale, and equally as importantly what proposals would end up being more departmental to the area.

Occupation and Control


Townscape and Streetscape

Historic Mapping

Employment and Industry

Culture and recreation

Urban Morphology

Development Proposals

Health and Social Care

Year 1 in Tottenham, London

This Year the 1st years are working on the Tottenham Hale area of London for their design project and were in the area from Sunday to Wednesday exploring the site and also meeting with different people to discuss the development of the area.

October 13

In the morning we met at Haringey Council Offices and had presentations from a variety of people with connections to the Tottenham. Soundings who had done public consultation for development in the whole of Tottenham, Our Tottenham who represent many local community groups and Jane Clossick who has conducted a detailed study about one of the blocks off Tottenham High Road where amongst the people presenting.

In the Morning we went to the White Hart Lane area in the north of Tottenham and where talked through the current master plan for that area and given a tour around several of the key locations.IMG_5569DSC_0396[1]DSC_0418[1]

IMG_0062October 14

On the Tuesday we returned to the council offices in the morning and had a discussion about the future development of the area and how it might be achieved with councillor Joe Goldberg who is the Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability.

In the afternoon we started at Seven Sisters and made are way to the Tottenham Hale area guided by Peter O’Brien, Area Regeneration Manager who talked us through what has been done in Tottenham Hale and what they are planning to do and the reasons behind it.

IMG_5713IMG_5705IMG_0113October 15

On our last day in London we broke off into smaller groups and continued to explore the Tottenham Hale area, getting inspiration for our master planning and also doing research for a small group project focusing on different aspects of Tottenham Hale.

Year 1 Tottenham Mapping

This week the first years have been looking at Tottenham Hale and the surrounding area’s in preparation of our site visit next week and design projects for the remainder of the year.

Creating models of the site has started us thinking about the spaces and uses both in the past, and at present. It was interesting to see how the different groups have approached the site before we’ve even visited it, and what they have found to be key issues.

This project has been a good warm up for the site visit next week and helped to familiarise us with the area. However we are all in agreement that the conclusions we arrived at whilst working in Plymouth may alter when we experience the site first hand.


Year 2 is in Katowice of Poland!

We are invited by University of Silesia to visit Katowice. Katowice is a city in Upper Silesia in Southern Poland.  We having our architectural workshops there to discuss and investigate the problems of the city in helping the citizens and students, which hope to bring back city life!

October 7:

Meeting with supervisors and participants of the workshop. We were guided by the student helpers from University of Silesia to walk around and inspect of the site. In the afternoon, we had the trip to Nikiszowiec which was once the coal mine settlement,with Professor Irna Kozina.

October 8:

Meeting with the City’s Architect. He presented  the design planning of Katowice, particularly the result from the spring workshop that dealth with Pawla, Wodna, and Gornicza Streets.

October 9:

Meeting with Marek Skwara(architect) and his team to tell us more about the winning project from spring workshop. In the evening, we had a meeting with the citizens of Katowice. It was a great opportunity to talk with the local people, and also to the Vice Mayor of Katowice, Dr. Martin Krupa.

October 10

Architectural visit at Katowice and a proper Polish food dinner with Krzysztof :D

October 14

An all-day-long workshop in the afternoon where we invited students from University of Silesia and citizens of Katowice to participate. We want to know more about the city from different actors and perspectives. The workshop was successful as there were quite alot of participants. Thank you for the efforts from all groups to make up this workshop, from creating name cards and posters to invite people, to those who make up the fun stations to allow participant to engage with the activities.

October 15

Last day in Katowice! Thank again to Unviersity of Silesia for arranging tours to visit CINiba building and NOSPR, the orchestra hall. We also have the chance to enjoy nice modern music concert in NOSPR.

The end of the trip! We would like to thank Unviersity of Silesia on inviting us to Katowice. We do appreciate the warm hospitality throughout our visit in Katowice.

Project 1A & 1B Submission

Project 1 is always the warm-up exercise to get the creative juices flowing and as the ice-breaking between Y1 and Y2 MArch students. Project 1 is intended as a way of raising and framing questions about your own attitudes towards the idea of the architecture as a socio-spatial-material entity. Through this project, we are able to formulate our own particular discussion in a wider context of questions on culture, ecology, economics, politics and society which then develop the ideas from the discussion effectively.

From this project, diversity of ideas and questions are raised among the groups. There are lot of inspiring videos, slides and models created by the students.