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.

Awaiting for the on-coming workshops and our updates! 6 more days to go!


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.

2013/2014 1st year MArch Final Building Schemes for Millbay

Following up the urban strategies proposed from last term, 1st year MArch students continue developed building design scheme for Millbay. A wide range of building design has been proposed which supplemented by design and technical strategies booklets. Final presentation board has deliberates the core idea of each project, also physical models to enhance user experience in the building.

Easter Year 2 Technical Review

Technical reviews on the final day of Spring term gave us our last opportunity for formal feedback with our own studio tutors and other staff from the department: Bob Brown (The Head of Architecture), Dan Atkins on Technical strategy and Architectonics and one of two visiting structural engineers, Jonathan and Martin.

Everyone’s project has progressed tremendously since schematic reviews and it’s interesting to see the diversity and range of projects and intentions across the 4 Ha masterplan site. Detailed drawings are emerging now and it was also helpful to discuss various presentation techniques and strategies for communicating the essence (and complexity) of our schemes.

Each project is at slightly different stages but it’s great to see that people are still making models after our first 4 weeks of enforced model making – they’re getting better too! It’s also great to see various material and detailed, 1:1 and other small scale investigations emerging.

Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable Easter and we will try and update you with the studio activities as we work our socks off for the next 4 or so weeks. Good luck to everyone with lots of hard work ahead of us up to the final submission on May 29th!



And a few models and material studies to share with you:


1st Year Interim Review_26/3/2014

Today is 1st year’s technical interim review. It is a review on the preliminary design , construction and technical strategies including the wider context and development for each projects. With the diversity of design projects we have, there are some quite interesting discussions along the day with the lecturers.

It is an intense as well as compact interim in the small room.

Awaiting for the final review!