Unit A

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30/09/2013

some axonometric drawings...

Angeliki Fouka
Nadira Sultan
Paulina Huukari

Tue 1 Oct - Tutorials

Group Tutorials re Axonometric drawing of Moment
Location: Unit A studio, 1st Floor
Remember to bring sketchbooks and photos, too.

10.00
Adriely, Vasilia, Chido, Ruta

11.00
Daniela, Marija,  Sonia, Vasileios

12.00
Andreas, Isabella, Ivan, Tiffany


Lunch


14.00
Daniella, Puja, Anastasia, Akin

15.00
Azizul, Marie, Irena, Aslihan

16.00
Shakirin, Arifah, Ping, Ilianna

26/09/2013

Site visit Day 1

Welcome to Unit A.

Site visit on Fri 27 Sept.
We will meet at 10.00 at Smithfield Market in London, see map. Central covered area.
Closest tube is Farrindgon station or Barbican (Hammersmith & City Line / Metropolitan / Circle Line) alternatively St. Paul's if you take the Central line.

Please bring your sketchbook (at least A5 / A4 in size), a really good pen or pencil (2B or softer) (no crappy bic pens please, grrrrrr), a tape-measure and camera and any other instrument you might find useful.

We will spend the entire day outside walking, looking and sketching the city - so appropriate clothing for that. We aim to finish by 17.00 with an opportunity to socialise after (optional).

In preparation for tomorrow, please take the time to print and read this short text "The Street Scene" by Berthold Brecht about methodology on epic theatre. Take this with you and mark up the key aspects.

In case you get lost or are late here / can't find us. CJ: 07903 224 894

Link to map



20/09/2013

Unit A 2013-14 | City fictions: narrative, infrastructure, choreography


The understanding of city as conglomerate of transitional processes will be the starting point for investigations into public realm conditions surrounding Smithfield Market in London. We will collate samples of the Everyday, the specific and the routine and attempt to ‘read’ the city by means of making multi-dimensional drawings. In parallel we will experiment at material scale by re-casting city fragments through model-making techniques. We are interested in processes of transformation from object to micro landscape.

The historical centre of Palermo will then become study area for the year and will provide project sites for carefully designed and choreographed architectural interventions. As a unit we continue to work with an open brief providing support for a student-driven agenda. The building-briefs will evolve as a response to historic and cultural contexts, promote common territories, extend beyond boundaries and explore unconventional urban relationships; in short: A reflection on a public building acting as ‘social node’ and providing local services to the community. We will work across all scales; social - material - architectural. Through critical observation of layers of relational qualities we will set out to rediscover spatial opportunity, research emerging forms of spatial practice and design alongside mechanisms of interaction. We will reference work by critical thinkers including Bertolt Brecht, Cedric Price and Walter Benjamin and Carlo Scarpa and contextualise those ideas into current situations. We will engage in conversations about methodology of epic theatre as means of observation and decision-making; about re-programming techniques, participation and adaptability; about techniques of spatial narrative and threshold; and space as junction.

Unit tutors: Carsten Jungfer, Felix Xylander-Swannell
Field-trip and project site: Palermo