Landscape architect Mike Westley ran a one day workshop with both years last week, looking at “intentional relationships to context”. The aims of the workshop were:
– Consider / reappraise and increase your own understanding of your building’s relationship with its context
– Explore the potential benefits of increasing the intentionality of that relationship
– Developing design strategies to achieve greater intentionality and consequent benefits.
We began by discussing precedents that exhibited ‘successful’ or highly considered relationships to context, ranging from Ceauşescu’s palace to an arts centre in Cardiff, before moving on to examples that appear to completely fail to engage with context, including Koolhaas’s Casa Da Musica in Porto, Sanaa’s Folkwang university building, and any housing development by Barratt/Persimmon/etc, anywhere.
We then moved on to apply these ideas to our own projects. Some excellent tree modelling ensued.