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.

Year 2 Urban Strategy Final Presentation

From Poland visit to group forming to design proposal and development, our urban strategy has come to the final stage where all of us are ready to present our urban strategy design scheme for University of Silesia and also Katowice. There are 6 groups of us among all the second year of MArch, all of us present different schemes different solutions for UoS, from environmental, economical to social to solve the targeted issues. There are some videos to explain further about our proposals.

Great job for the 2nd Year MArch students! But first, Merrrrrrrrrry Christmassssssss =D

Group 1 by Nathan, Anna & Magdalena

Group 2 by Mei Sien & Xin Yi

Group 3 by Ju Ee, Yida, Ben & Morton

Group 4 by Elise, Jason, Ben and Matt

Group 5 by Lizze, Ben, Eleni and Katarzyna

English version*

Polish version*

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