Final Submission of Year 2

27/5/2015, the deadline for Year 2 design submission and today is the sum-up of the overall. The projects from all of us are varied from housing design, faculty design, etc. All of us have different design proposal for what we want to test out and resolve. The models, as you can see from the photos, are to show spatial design with users, to create/test mixture of materials (concrete, bricks with coffee, etc.) and also to show the technical details.

Two years of Master of Architecture in Plymouth University, time flies and we are done :)

To explore our own idea, to do what we think is right, this is what we can.

Year 1 Final Submission

Thursday morning was the final deadline for first year and on Friday we met up to have a final look at each others work and how we think each of our own work has gone this term. It has been a long year and lots of great final projects on display showing different approaches to Tottenham Hale.

It was interesting on Friday to hear what people felt the strength and weaknesses of there work was, and how we might do things differently in 2nd year. The goal of first year is to develop ideas and theories and it will be good to see how people further this years work in 2nd year when we are working with a site in Poland.

Until September however it is time for everyone to take a well earned break over the summer and look forward to seeing the 2nd years work next week.

There will be an opportunity to see some of the first year work alongside second year projects at our end of year show in London on 10th June.

Year 2 Interim Review

Friday was the final interim review for second year before the work is presented in May. There was the opportunity to get feedback on a range of disciplines from environmental design, building technologies and the translation of strategic design into architecture. We also peer reviewed one another to give additional input and ideas.
The review encouraged us to develop our ideas quickly and make decisions, concerning all aspects of design, so that we could receive a variety of feedback to build upon during the Easter break. With only 8 and a half weeks remaining until the final pin up everyone was excited about pushing their projects further to completion before life in the real world is upon us.
Friday was also the sneak preview of our upcoming book Radical Inclusivity which has been edited by Krzysztof and the publishing team so watch this space for information on the book launch and how you can get your hands on a copy.

Happy Easter Holidays!

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