This year’s show covers a wide variety of themes such as oscillations between past and present, cultural agency, alternative learning environments, and fields, rooms and interstices in a dense urban environment.
Third year students of the BA in Architectural Studies at Newcastle University culminated their studies with a choice of four projects offering a wide variety of themes such as oscillations between past and present, cultural agency, alternative learning environments, and fields, rooms and interstices in a dense urban environment.
The Afterimage project invited students to produce a design for a new building on the site of the recently-demolished Gateshead car-park that acted as an afterimage of the old structure. Through studies of the volumetric and the morphology of the previous building, and its architectural relations with the city, proposals for a Cyclotel’ were developed for a new architecture that worked through a kind of oscillation between past and present.
The mission of The Finnish Institute, hypothetically relocated in Newcastle, is to act as a catalyst to promote collaboration between cultural agents in Finland and their counterparts in UK or Ireland. Three sites were identified for individual briefs to translate into a coherent spatial proposal underpinned by a series of generic themes, ranging from sustainability, social enterprise, craftsmanship, photography, music, art, poetry, dance, clubbing, and theatre as well as collaborative local organisations.
The design for a Montessori School offered an opportunity to engage with a precise and systematic pedagogical system that seeks to find the optimum physical environment to foster the development of an individual child through purposive free choice of activity. Sensory development, space and natural forces, humanizing potential of a well-structured learning environment, optimistic faith in the power of human imagination, cultivation of intrinsic motivation, a dynamic whole, active experience, variety and spontaneous activity in the curriculum were values and parameters that guided the project.
The right to music project concerns an outreach programme promoting music as a vehicle for social action. The site was envisaged as a landscape for temporary fields that would increase the attractiveness and enjoyment of the area. A design strategy of loose spaces in between programmatically defined rooms articulate a series of interstices, envisaged as active elements adding to the potential of the space and enabling the exploration of materiality.
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