Unit A

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09/11/2017

Berlin field-trip

thank you for everybody's input into the field-trip guide. A real group effort! It is now being printed and everybody gets a copy. Make sure you pick up yours tomorrow at the end of day in the studio. preview below...



02/11/2017

model making material and art suppliers...

here is a list of model making and art material suppliers...

Atlantis

4D Model shop

Jackson's

Cass Arts

Great Art

11/10/2017

some of Aswhin Street's local organisations...

Here is a list with links to some of Ashwin's street local organisations. We have met some of them last week already and seen the spaces they operate from. We will meet more this Friday... 

Cafe Oto

Bootstrap Company

Arcola Theatre

Eastern Curve Garden

V22

Hackney CVS

Hackney Archive

40ft Brewery

Knuckles Bakery


07/10/2017

Dalston study area visit No.1

First visit to Dalston this year. Criss crossing the study are area; Gillett square, Kingsland road, Rio cinema, Ridley road market, Hackney peace mural, Eastern curve garden, Oto Project space and meeting up Sufiya from Bootstrap Company on Dalston Roof Park...


28/09/2017

Unit A theme for 2017-18: Relational States



Unit Agenda
Unit A is interested in the morphology of the city by investigating relationships between space, programme, materiality and time.
The unit agenda engages in domains between architecture and urbanism and is based on an understanding of architecture as contextual response, critically questioning pre-existing conditions and found spaces within the city. If space is the outcome of collective action and therefore a “social product” (Henri Lefebvre), How exactly is space made? What are the factors driving the process? What roles do participants play? We will set out to get a better understanding of underlying principles contributing to urban change and to the formation of new types of collective space.

Theme
Spaces in the city are continuously negotiated, altered and adapted and are therefore in constant state of change. While the predominant reproduction of space follows rules of demand and supply, space in the city becomes increasingly commodified. Conditions of uncertainty however, including economic decline and political inactivity, produce spaces that fall out of the cycle of predominant spatial reproduction for periods of time. As a result of becoming obsolete, residual spaces emerge within the urban fabric in the form left-overs, vacant or unused territories. At this stage residual spaces become available to alternative modes of spatial production. New actors are attracted by unknown opportunities and new uses emerge. Most of those processes are of experimental nature and can be described as temporary and in-between uses, that provide a critical reinvention for the urban neighbourhood and local economy. “Pioneers” tend to claim vacant territories through direct occupation and unconventional approach; by extending their activities to attract a wider community a new network of social relations across the new spatial arrangements becomes established. This form of alternative production of space is widely recognised for generating social value in local communities. While it occurs in parallel to established cycles of urban regeneration, once the process of spatial stabilisation begins, the fundamental incompatibility of long-term goals between the two, however, becomes apparent. Questions arising out this conflict will become the matter of investigation for this year.

Study Area & Project Site
Dalston, Hackney. Dalston is one of London’s most rapidly changing areas of East London. Ashwin Street is seen as diverse hub as a result of initiatives by independent local players including Arcola theatre, Cafe oto, V22, Eastern curve garden, Bootstrap company as well as a large number of social & creative enterprises. The study area displays a wide range of spatial conditions, that relate to this years theme and will become subject of careful multi-dimensional study. The project sites are set within this context.

Briefs & Building Programme
Individual building briefs to be developed by students out of specific readings of site conditions and personal interest. Building programmes to resolve one of the urgent local needs:
A: Community Space (e.g. assembly, learning, recreation, etc);
B: Cultural Space (e.g. theatre, music, arts, etc);
C: Productive Space (e.g. brewery, bakery, etc.).
Special design focus will be placed on architectural thresholds that promote continuity of spatial experimentation by users and through strategies and structures that allow adaptability over time;

Design Methodology
Unit A provides a well structured learning framework to support processes of open, independent and critical thought fostering the individual designer in readiness for the real world of tomorrow.

Representation
We understand drawing not only as a means of presentation of spatial, material and strategic design, but more importantly as tool for developing critical and multi-dimensional thinking. We will hold a series of digital & CAD drawing workshops to support this.

Specialist workshops
Mould-making and casting workshops with specialist fabricator.

Field-trip
Berlin, Germany (15th -19th November)

Links
Carsten’s practice zectorarchitects:           www.zectorarchitects.net
Fernanda’s practice Galeria Arquitetos:              www.galeria.arq.br

01/09/2017

23/06/2017

14/06/2017

UEL Portfolio Prize in Year 3 awarded to Rozkar Ali

Rozkar Ali (unit A) was awarded the Portfolio Prize in Year 3 for her proposal for an Up-cycling Centre, that aims to work in collaboration with the general public, local residents and business and Haringey Council. The building programme includes spaces and workshops to recycle and work with recyclable items; an education centre to promote awareness of sustainability; a safe space to purchase up-cycled products; a flexible space to be used at all times by the community and a canteen. Tutors Carsten Jungfer & Fernanda Palmieri






06/06/2017

UEL Portfolio Prize in Year 2 awarded to Hayden Mills

Hayden Mills (unit A) was awarded the Portfolio Prize in year 2.
In the spirit of openness, his proposal seeks to deliver an architecture that is accessible to the people of Wood Green and environs. He designed three public pools; a pavilion; and a pedestrian link between Western Road to Alexandra Park. Tutors Carsten Jungfer & Fernanda Palmieri







02/06/2017

Unit A + Projects for Wood Green + UEL End of Year Exhibition 2017


Some photos of student work from unit A of the University of East Londons' end of year exhibition showcasing alternative proposals to the ongoing regeneration process of Wood Green. Unit A collaborated with the planning department of Haringey Council this year to investigate opportunities for urban change through a series of small-scale architectural interventions across the Heartlands study area (reference to Meanwhile projects delivery).

Through careful site analysis, students developed specific briefs and building programmes with a focus around the agenda of 'openness' for eight different project sites. The 1:500 site model displays the collective response to existing conditions of urban fragmentation through testing a series of strategies that would unlock qualities of the urban fabric and reactivate the public realm as a means to achieve inclusive forms of regeneration.