Year 1 Reviews

With the end of term coming up first years had their last review before the final design deadline on Monday. It provided a last opportunity to get feedback on the different aspects of the projects before hunkering down and getting everything finished. Each project was reviewed 3 times, for design, environmental aspects and structure. Structure in particular was useful as it gave many of us a chance to discuss how the building would be assembled or particular structural questions, especially useful for the technical heavy projects attempting new ideas.

All in all it was a long day and I think a lot of us have found out we’ve still got quite a bit more work to do over the next couple of months, but that was the point of the review. Was also a great opportunity for us to see each others work and check out some of the projects and the direction everyone is taking their work. The projects are continuing to develop well and its going to be a real mix bag of ideas for the final presentations, always interesting how different people will approach the same site in such a diverse way.

Second Year’s Interm Review

This week, interim review for second year of MArch. Its time to review what we have done for the past 3 months. There are variety of strategies implemented across all the projects, tackling social, environmental, economical issues of Katowice and of course to help the client, University of Silesia. Students are divided to present to different tutors for design review, structural review and for environmetal. Besides, we do found helpful to present to the other Year 2, to know more about each project and able to have different discussion and feedback other than the tutors. There are some interesting dicussion during the day as well. As commented from the lecturers, all our project are almost solid but more to be done for the better. Do hope everything goes well and shall see our update after 3 weeks! All the best guys!

Year 1 Schematic design review

Friday saw the first years pinning up for our schematic design reviews, presenting our work exampling briefs and form of our buildings. Interestingly along with having to present to tutors we also broke into groups and presented and critiqued each others work. Although we are always talking to each other about projects in the studio it was somehow incredibly daunting to do it in a presentation setting and getting feedback of our piers, a lot of fun getting to critique others work though. Overall I think presenting to other students was beneficial as we came up with comments or considered others project in ways that our tutors might not, especially as often we now a lot more about each others work.

Friday was a great opportunity to get an idea of what everybody was doing and how the ideas from last terms urban strategies and master plan had been converted into buildings projects. Things are developing well, with a range of different projects being proposed for Tottenham Hale from customisable and cardboard housing to cycling hubs and even mushrooms being grown and used to replace plastic.

Things are shaping up for an interesting range of projects at the end of the term, both architecturally and building programmes. Time for the first years to crack on with designing now, whilst looking forward to seeing 2nd year work at there schematic review next Friday


Workshop with Schumacher College’s students

Friday workshop

Spontaneous and integration between MArch students and Schumacher College’s MA in Ecological Design students to produce hybrid social-ecological model/ideas. This allows us (MArch students) to have a short break on our own design project. The collaboration has just freshen our mind and probably enable us to think in different and creative ways in designing our spaces/building. Keep moving!

Model Making Started!

Model making day for Mary and John. The workshop requires us to create a series of models for the internal and external space. This allows us to think about the relationship between users and interior space, also the exterior space while designing the spaces.

More model making workshops are coming.

Awaiting for the update soon!

Year 1 Urban Strategy Final Presentation

After many weeks of work the first years have come to the end of their urban strategy and master planning projects.This has marked the first time many of us have undertaken master planning work or projects on such a large scale, and definitely been a learning experience. It was interesting to see how the different groups had approached the brief and how some groups had gone in a similar direction to some of the current council plans whilst others went against it. We also had to produce videos for each other explaining what are projects were about, some of these being more effective than others. Overall this term has resulted in some very different and interesting master plans and urban strategies and it will be good to see what specific buildings people do within these next term. In the meantime the first years are taking a well deserved couple of weeks off.