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.

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: