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A+D Architecture + Design Yearbook 2017 Publisher University of East London Editor Dr Anastasia Karandinou Graphic Design Jon Spencer Showcase Edition June 2017 ISBN 978-0-9935963-5-3 (digital version) ISBN 978-0-9935963-4-6 (printed version) University of East London School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering Dockland Campus E16 2RD T+44 020 8223 2041 F+44 020 8223 2963

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Contents Acknowledgements p6 Mission Statement p7 Welcome p9 Introduction p10 Research, Awards, Projects, Conferences p12 Open Jury p40 Architecture Society Lecture Series p42 STO International Lecture Series p46 Foundation p52 BSc Architecture Year 1 p67 BSc Architecture Year 2 & 3 Unit A p78 Unit E p86 Unit G p98 Unit H p106 MArch Architecture Year 4 & 5 Unit 2 p114 Unit 4 p126 Unit 5 p134 Unit 6 p142 Unit 9 p150 Unit 10 p160 BSc Architecture Design Technology (ADT) p168 BSc Product Design BA Interior Design

p188 p206

Masters Programmes MRes p228 MA Landscape p230 MA A+U p238 Urban Design p240 Computational Architecture p242 Sustainable Architecture p243 Architecture and Heritage p244 Master Thesis p245 PhD in Architecture + Design p246

We would like to thank the many organisations, companies and individuals who we have had the pleasure of collaborating with, including: ARB/Architects Registration Board

PRL/ Place research Lab

Alberto Moletto (Move Arquitectos, Chile)


Alejandro Aravena

RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects


RIBA research

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Scott Whitby Studio


Studio Bark

ATER Pordenone, Italy

Shanghai Giao Tong University, China

Bamboo Bicycle Co.

University of Hasselt, Belgium

Birkbeck, University Of London

Social Life

BBAA/Soprintendenza ai Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna, Italy

Hackney City Farm

British Council Newton Fund Ca’ Foscari/University of Venice, Italy Camden Council Collide Theatre Creekside Education Trust David Levitt (Levitt Bernstein Architects) Sustainability Research Institute Emilio De La Cerda (Pontificat Catolic Universidad, Chile)

ECOBUILD Sustainable Design SRI/Sustainale Research Institute STO Foundation The Building Centre The Design Museum The Courtauld Institute Of Art IUAV/University of Architecture of Venice, Italy Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Russia

Engineers Hrw

Guangzhou School of Architecture and Urban Planning, China


Akmei Metropolitan College of Athens, Greece

Grimshaw Architects

Tony Fretton Architects

ATER Pordenone, Italy

C+S/Cappai Segantini Architects, Italy

muf architecture/art

University Finis Terrae of Santiago, Chile

Heatherwick Studio

William Paton Community Garden

InTeA srl, Venezia

Witherford Watson Mann Architects

Leaside Wood Recycling Project

Young Vic Theatre

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Les Ateliers LLDC/London Legacy Development Corporation London Borough of Newham Museum of Architecture NLA/New London Architecture Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna, Italy Pell Frischmann

At A+D we foster a broad and inspiring education to establish a rich foundation for a creative professional life. Our Architecture and Design programmes challenge assumptions and set new agendas for design in the 21st century. We balance the development and support of our students’ talents with the understanding that Architecture and Design is contextual, socially constructing and political. We believe that the design conversation in studios between students and staff across models and drawings is central to creative development. Our students are encouraged to undertake study trips internationally in each year of study to deepen an understanding of people and places. Our teaching balances a respect and understanding of the past and the present with an inspirational, poetic and innovative stance towards the future. Our staff teach at the highest level and maintain an enquiring research approach to physical and intellectual contexts. We embrace real situations with passion and creativity. We believe that a depth of enquiry and poetic experimentation develops from the experience and understanding of making, drawing and materials in wellcrafted output. We believe that Architecture and Design is thought, experienced and built. Our school acts as a forum for ideas and thought across a wide range of disciplines. We host a national and international lecture series which acts as a magnet for theorists and practitioners to contribute to the discussion and debate in the school. We have extensive workshops and facilities for the creation of real and digital artefacts. We work to develop practice and research to enhance life. We support and develop an atmosphere in which freedom of thought, imagination and enquiry can thrive.

Image by student Kyri Loizou, MArch, Unit 6.

The Vice Chancellor

Dean of ACE School

Welcome to another year’s edition of the Architecture and Design Yearbook. I hope that you enjoy the work that is on show at this year’s exhibition. I’m sure that you will. We are extremely proud to be situated as an anchor institution at the heart of east London and, for the last forty years, we have been at the forefront of working in collaboration with local urban design practices and community stakeholders in order to develop a distinctive offer in Architecture and Design. Ours is an engaged curriculum where students learn by doing and participate in a unique form of exploration using advanced materials and processes. Students have the chance to work internationally as well as nationally across their years of study. I’m proud to say that last year two members of our staff were directly involved as members of the Turner Prize winning collective ‘Assemble’ – a project which was engaged in the imaginative transformation and regeneration of a run-down housing estate in Toxteth, Liverpool. UEL Architecture students were also involved in preliminary research on a neighbouring estate in Bootle – in many ways a precursor of the Toxteth project.   This type of project is typical of the work that has developed as part of a tradition of working in an engaged way with our local community. And as London continues to ‘move east’ our students remain committed to working within their immediate urban context alongside partner organisations in order to empower local communities to inform new design practices. Taken together, this series of achievements makes UEL a beacon for innovation in Architecture and Design. My sincere thanks to those colleagues, practitioners and alumni who continue to work together to make architecture the flagship programme that it is.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this year’s edition of the Architecture and Design Yearbook. This year’s book is full of a wide range of very creative and inspiring ideas and projects developed by our highly talented students. We strive to offer our students the best experience possible and ensure they are ready for the workplace. We do this by working closely with employers and architecture practitioners. Our staff are fully engaged in high impact applied research which transforms lives and society. This year we have been delighted with the appointment of very high profile Visiting Professors to the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. Those appointments include Professor Patrik Schumacher – the Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, Professor Chris Williamson and Professor Roger Flanagan. We were also thrilled that Architecture was rated first in London for Student Experience (NSS) 2016. We are an award winning School and members of our staff were amongst the  group of talented young architects “Assemble” who were awarded the Turner Prize for 2015.  Architecture and Design is a flagship subject for the University and I am thrilled with the quality and standard of this year’s students’ work. This yearbook presents a comprehensive profile of our students, reflects creative thinking and a holistic approach to design. I am grateful to my colleagues who have worked very hard to develop a rich diversity of talents. I take this opportunity to wish all graduates a very successful and bright future. We hope you will remain in touch with us as you forge ahead in your careers, remembering that it all began at the University of East London!

Professor John J. Joughin Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive University of East London

Professor Hassan Abdalla PhD FRSA Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing & Engineering

Carl Callaghan Subject Leader A+D Architecture and Design Pragmatism and Utopia The proposition of isolationism as a pattern leading thinking in the 21C is more than a little alarming. At home here in the UK we are experiencing Brexit, there is talk of a new frontier wall in Mexico and, more generally, many regions are experiencing conflict involving religious or cultural division. It is certainly worth contrasting this tendency of pulling apart that has been dominating the headlines with strives being made towards what could be seen as a search for a complex unity manifest in areas such as genetics, enquiries into dark energy and the ecological movement. Behind the headlines of fragmentation there is therefore, in contrast, a considerable body of alternative thinking searching for a new and deeper understanding of relationships. Quite reasonably, a great deal of contemporary thinking has become focused on Pragmatism as countries struggle to cope with war zones, famine, housing and the harsh economic climate. Pragmatism, although sometimes unfairly maligned, is however a necessary form of thinking if we are to move from ideas and concepts to realisations. In addition to Pragmatism, I would argue, there is also a need for futurist and Utopian thinking. Looking at our recent history post second world war, it was Utopian thinking which led change and innovation here in the UK and abroad. Although Pragmatism and Utopian thinking are often presented as opposites, they are necessary, if unlikely, partners. The stance of design units here at A+D working in real contexts, with real situations and communities is paradoxically an excellent framework for such integrated composite thinking and a good example of Civic Engagement. As you look through this yearbook, the spread and energy of students and staff addressing complex issues is impressive. The innovative position taken by many projects towards enhancing existing conditions and contexts is inspiring and I would commend the range and depth in which

these issues have been studied. Perhaps because this, there is a trend amongst our students to align themselves more closely with practice. This year saw the development of an employer’s network offering our year two students placements and year three students RIBA mentors in award winning design and architecture offices. We are very grateful to the RIBA and all the offices who have contributed to this new alignment between our school and practice. Our students have also benefited from paid summer placements with Sir Alfred McAlpine and we would welcome a further development of the summer placement programme from interested design offices and contractors. We are also grateful to the practices who contributed to the Building Matters case study project for allowing us to study and evaluate their projects. Universities have a key role to play leading thinking in the 21C especially in these turbulent years. In contrast to the tendency towards isolationism it is through debate and collegiate working across universities and practice that agendas for change might emerge and be integrated into our communities. It is in this sense that our school operates as a forum for the development and creative exchange of ideas. In the light of this I was delighted by two conferences held this year here at the School of Architecture and Design A+D. Parametricism looked at innovation in digital design in relation to construction and Data and Senses looked at new relations between contexts and how we understand and interpret them. Both conferences attracted speakers from across the world looked innovatively across boundaries and disciplines. We are very grateful to our sponsors the RIBA, and Arup for hosting these events. We are also very grateful for the support for the school by leading thinkers and practitioners.

We are grateful to RIBA Gold Medal winner Edward Cullinan for opening the Summer Showcase. We also welcome the appointment of Patrick Schumacher of ZHA to join Chris Williamson of Weston Williamson as our visiting professors. I would like to thank all of them for their contribution to the school. We are also grateful to the STO Foundation for hosting the London STO lecture series here at UEL. The speakers come from all over the world and this year included Arturo Vittori, Boris Bernaskoni and Iñaqui Carnicero. We are grateful to our Student Society including Jordan Harris, Daniel Kiss and Dalcimaira Nunes Cardoso who run the national lecture series which invited twenty practitioners from offices in the UK to talk to the school. We are also very grateful to these practices. Our staff have been involved in a number of innovative research projects. Stratis Georgiou is developing an Installation using our robotic fabrication facilities which will open this autumn in the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini were invited to exhibit in the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture. They presented the installation Aequilibrium, a red Mobius stripe where visitors could admire from above the beautiful heritage spaces of the Venice Corderie. With the installation, published worldwide, Cappai and Segantini also published a book which describes in depth how they achieved their aim though designing new schools. Anna Minton’s new book on the housing crisis, ‘Big Capital: Who is London for?’ will be published by Penguin in June. Earlier in the year Anna was invited by Wolfgang Tillmanns to participate in a panel discussion with him about the social life of the city, which accompanied his retrospective at Tate Modern. The British Council Newton Institutional Links project team led by Dr. Heba Elsharkawy are working

in collaboration with London Borough of Newham on building performance evaluation and retrofit strategies of several tower blocks in Newham due for retrofit. In December there was a very successful revalidation of the Architecture programmes in part 1 and 2 by the RIBA. Both professional programmes were revalidated unconditionally. There was also an unconditional validation by the Malaysian board of Architects LAM. At the core of our teaching philosophy is the relationship developed between staff and students. Students are taught one to one, in small groups as well as in studios, workshops, seminars and lecture halls. Our project work follows a systematic pattern of investigation, experiment and innovation. I would like to thank the students and staff for their work this year, and to wish those students leaving the school every success. Congratulations to all on being rated one of the top two schools of Architecture and Design in London, and first in London for NSS.


Mobile bakery P | A | N in its version in Santiago de Chile, 2016 - a project by Catalina Pollak.

Cities in transition: locality, identity and experience of place

Alan Chandler, Heba Elsharkawy, Anastasia Karandinou and Bridget Snaith secured a British Council Newton Grant in 2017 to work with Özlem Erdoğdu Erkarslan, Neslihan Demirtaş-Milz and Ela Alanyalı Aral at the Middle Eastern Technical University in Turkey to explore perceptions of place for incoming communities - we situate the conditions of ‘new migrants’ into wider concerns over a lack of ‘belonging’ in the 21st century urban realm, and develop tools and agendas to discuss ‘placelessness’ not only amongst incomers, but amongst those already resident in the city. Local communities and authorities from highly mixed communities both in Ankara and London are going to be the major stakeholders. The participants will focus on the impacts of rising populations on school places, job availability and wage levels, privatisation of public spaces and issues of exclusion and high levels of rent eroding community identity. Experts who work for the target local communities and authorities are also among the potential stakeholders. To facilitate debate and reach a wider constituency four live workshops are planned around four key themes: 1. Questions of national identity in built and unbuilt landscapes 2. Gender and space in the public and private realm 3. Conflict resolution in Migrant Spaces 4. Creative mapping techniques in the urban context Why Live Workshops? To generate pathways for improving the quality of the public space, leading to social cohesion and to social and economic growth. The urban design practices and policies will lead to the design and designation of better public spaces.

How: By addressing the complex issue of public space in cities which are in a state of transition, and to explore the role of public space as a means that promotes social interaction between the new comers and current users. To empower local communities to inform design practices. How: Local groups will receive support in selforganisational strategies, understanding possibilities within current legislation and planning, strategies and tactics for developing locally led planning proposals. NGOs may have a key role in supporting migrant settlement to bring newcomers into a group effort to make shared places better. There is a question about territory which is very important - location is everything - where people sense solidarity and where they are left exposed is critical. As such, where the mapping takes place, where physically people are asked their opinion may alter the opinion they express – a university office or their own perhaps temporary home or a permanent residence will give possibly different insights, different data, different conclusions. One of the key workshops builds upon artist and UEL colleague Catalina Pollak’s project for the Chilean Architecture Biennale – PAN, a mobile bakery that travelled into informal communities in Santiago as a catalyst for exchange around the shared activity of making bread. In Turkey this device brings the different cultures and recipes of local and incoming communities together, a two-way process involving refugee bakers in an outreach to the wider local population or schools in the area rather than imposing the event in their space. Other workshops involve oral histories, filmmaking and photography to record and share people’s perceptions of spaces that matter and memories that inform them. Through confronting shared experiences of exclusion, and recognising the opportunity for new places and new identities within our cities, alternative and inclusive urban narratives can be written as an outcome of this network.


Urban transformation and mobility is increasingly rapid. The potential loss of identity and ‘sense of place’ in an urban environment is disempowering, with significant consequences to social cohesion. This workshop will focus on issues of public spaces, sense of identity, ‘placeness’ and wellbeing in the context of global mobility.

British Council Newton Institutional Links Project Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment (BC-SDBE)


Dr. Heba Elsharkawy, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design technology is Principal Investigator of this major British Council funded project (total grant 288,000 GBP). Dr. Sahar Zahiri is the project Research Associate. Together, they work closely with the partner institutions; University of Strathclyde, and Ain Shams University in Egypt on all the research and project related activities. From the comprehensive literature review developed for the project; there appears a significant lack of training that prepares various stakeholders in the Built Environment (BE) to embed holistic Sustainable Development (SD) at all scales; buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities. In response, tailored training programmes are developed to promote sustainable design, planning and performance at all scales of the BE. The training programmes planned and offered by the project emphasise a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects for sustainable built environments. The research sets out potential approaches to educate and ‘train the trainers’ in cutting-edge approaches and technologies for embedding SD strategies in the BE. Building performance evaluation research has also been conducted as part of the project covering several case studies in London Borough of Newham (LBN) in collaboration with Newham Council. These properties have had significant damp, mould and condensation issues reported by occupants. DesignBuilder specialist software and indoor environment monitoring equipment have been used to evaluate the case studies. The case studies were monitored for three months to assess the energy performance, occupants’ thermal comfort, and their energy consumption behaviour. Building simulation modelling and a questionnaire-based survey have been performed to explore methods to optimise the building energy performance and to investigate potential retrofit strategies In addition, building performance of a new built modular timber structure was evaluated using dynamic thermal simulation modelling.

The results of the research undertaken were presented in two scientific conference papers which will be published in July 2017 in Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference. The research team’s plan is to target other case studies in LBN for investigations and analysis aiming to develop a cost effective frame work for Newham Council in retrofitting the council’s properties as well as evaluating the energy performance of new-built properties. The research undertaken will form a significant aspect in the training programmes as it provides case studies and lessons learnt from the research methodology, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and recommendations. The first International SDBE Annual Conference is planned for 20 and 21 December 2017 taking place in The Crystal, London. Key note speakers such as Prof. Philip Jones, Chair, Welsh School of Architecture, and Prof. Steven Sharples, Sheffield University besides international experts in the area will be attending.


Data + Senses Architecture, Neuroscience and the Digital Worlds International Conference

The cross-over between the digital and the physical is being increasingly addressed in design disciplines, architecture, arts and urban studies. Artists and designers increasingly make use of hard data to interpret the world and/or create meaningful and sensuous environments or design objects. Architects attempt to measure neurophysiological data to understand better the human experience in spaces. Designers script parametric processes to translate data into responsive, meaningful and/or aesthetically intriguing installations. Scientists and architects/ artists/ designers collaborate to visualise data in new and creative ways so as to trigger and reveal further connections, interpretations and readings. Practices such as the above attempt to break down the dichotomy between data and the sensuous (or else the digital and the physical). They translate elusive, ephemeral and intangible aspects of a place into solid data. In other instances the solid data are interpreted and represented in a way so as to be perceived by the different senses and/or experienced in a different manner. In this context, methods and conceptual frameworks of different disciplines need to engage in a dialogue; and through these crossdisciplinary practices, new strategies and processes emerge. Key themes Architecture and Neuroscience/ Neurophysiology: How does the mapping of the brain activity help designers gain a better understanding of human experience in different spaces? Could the mapping of the human experience in certain environments (through new technologies and methods) inform the design of a place? Could the use of EEG (Electroencephalography), eye-tracking and other neurological or physiological data inform our understanding of human experience? Could physiological data be used in parallel to other methods – such as observation and interviews – to assess human comfort or levels of stress in different environments? Digital and Physical: Data and Experience: Recent research projects map and use different types of data to analyse, understand and represent the dynamics

of urban space. Data such as hash-tag keywords, locations with geotagged photos, demographics, are being represented through visualisations which allow for a better understanding, are more appealing and immersive, allow for interpretations and reveal connections that would otherwise remain uncovered. This international conference was held in London, 23-24 March 2017 and it attracted academics and professionals from more than fifteen different countries. It was organised by UEL, supported by RIBA, ARUP and the Museum of Architecture. The conference was led by Dr Anastasia Karandinou, and the members of the conference scientific committee were: Prof Hassan Abdalla, Dr Aghlab Al-Attili, Alan Chandler, Prof Cherif Amor, Dr Satish Basavapatna Kumaraswamy, Barbara Bochnak, Dr Julien Castet, Nefeli Chatzimina, Prof Ruth Conroy Dalton, Dr Heba Elsharkawy, Prof Ozlem Erkarslan, Prof David Fortin, Ruairi Glynn, Dr Vangelis Lympouridis, Dr Kat Martindale, Prof Rosa Mentosa, Prof Panos Parthenios, Dr Kerstin Sailer, Maria Segantini, Dr Sally Shahzad, Dr Bridget Snaith, Dr Renee Tobe, Prof Duncan Turner, Dr Louise Turner. The keynote speakers were: Prof Richard Coyne, Prof Deborah Hauptmann, Prof Constantinos Daskalakis and Prof Jan Wiener. With thanks to our sponsors: Arup, RIBA, Museum of Architecture. Links:


Navigating Thamesmead


Landscape Architecture Research

Thamesmead was conceived as a new ‘town’ by the Greater London Council (GLC) in the 1960s. Planned and constructed in phases, its’ layout and townscape is somewhat piecemeal, and often experimental. Pedestrian routes are mostly off road in a parkland setting, connected by subways and bridges, presenting many challenges for navigation. Now, the entire estate is in the ownership of Peabody, a social housing provider, with plans for up to 20,000 new homes with improved public transport access via Crossrail and extension of the Docklands Light Railway. Bridget Snaith’s Landscape Architecture practice, Shape, was commissioned by Peabody, as part of team with graphic designers/social activators Leitsystem, to investigate how to improve navigation for walking and cycling. Better wayfinding is needed not only to aid new and potential residents, but for the existing population too. It can build confidence to understand, explore and enjoy Thamesmead’s often beautiful landscape, developing and strengthening relationships between people and place. One recommendation of this commission was the design, and promotion of a walking ‘tube- map’ with associated waymarking and map-based signage. Inspired by findings that wearable electroencephalography (EEG) devices can detect specific types of brain activity at decision making points for people navigating in real-world environments, and by further studies investigating the potential for wearable EEG and geolocation/ mapping in the urban realm, Bridget Snaith and Sven Muendner from Leitsystem devised an experiment to test the efficacy of the draft tube map and impact of signage for a specific intersection. The study investigated whether commercially available ‘wearable’ EEG can provide new methods of quantitatively measuring, and representing navigation in space, and responses to place, with practical application for urban regeneration projects. Students of the UEL Landscape Architecture programme took part in the research visiting Thamesmead, and navigating through the intersection with & without signage. The findings were presented in a paper at the UEL conference, Between Data & the Senses.

The study found that while the hardware was accessible, and functioned well providing measurable brain activity in a ‘real world’ setting, the available software did not readily support this experimental use, and results were at best, indicative. The size of the experimental sample possible within the constraints of a commercial timeframe and budget was also too small to provide robust quantitative data. Nevertheless, in spite of the challenges faced there was an indication that useful insights might be able to be generated using similar methods, following further research to establish more suitable products and software, and there was interest from the client in investigating further.

Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination

Renée Tobe, University of East London, United Kingdom ARCHITECTURE

‘Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination offers a lively viewing of the crossover between film and architecture. The book examines this uneasy interaction where films use buildings to provide a sense of place to the narrative, but where architecture tends to become increasingly immaterial and dislocated. Renée Tobe’s text combines light and dark, philosophy and entertainment, romance and thrills’. Cover image: © Renée Tobe. Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, USA.

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Professor William Firebrace, Stuttgart Academy of Arts, Germany ‘Renée Tobe’s compelling study of the relationship between film and architecture covers a wide range of film genres, from German Expressionist and postwar Hollywood film, to modernist utopia and horror movies. Her remarkable analysis makes visible the multiple layers constructed within the frame of celebrated and lesser-known movies, emphasizing the power of architectural settings to convey emotions and to play a determining role in the unfolding of the story’. Dr. Louise Pelletier, Director of the School of Design at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Renée Tobe

Renée Tobe

Films use architecture as visual shorthand to show viewers what they need to know about characters in a short amount time. Usingbetween a phenomenological ‘Renée Tobe’s compellingof study of the relationship film and architecture covers a wide range of film genres, from German Expressionist and post-war approach totolook atutopia a diverse range of international, Hollywood film, modernist and horror movies. Her remarkable analysis makes visible the multiple layers constructed within the frame of celebrated and historical and contemporary thissettings booktodescribes lesser-known movies, emphasizing the powerfilms, of architectural convey emotions and to play a determining role in the unfolding of the story’. how we as viewers can read architecture and design Dr. Louise Pelletier, Director of the School of Design at Université du Québec Montréal. on àthe big screen to see a number of underlying messages. Architecture’s representational capacity Films use architecture as visual shorthand to tell viewers everything they need contributes the inplausibility orIllustrated realities that are to know about theto characters a short amount of time. by a diverse range of films from different eras and cultures, this book investigates the possible in film. The bookUsing provides an ontological reciprocity between film and architecture. a phenomenological approach, it describes how we, the viewers, can learn to read architecture and design in understanding that clarifies and stabilises the film in order to see the many inherent messages. Architecture’s representational capacity contributes to the plausibility or ‘reality’ possible in film. The book reciprocity between our actual and filmic worlds of provides an ontological understanding that clarifies and stabilizes the reciprocity of the actual worldhuman and a filmic world of illusion and human imagination,shedding thereby illusion and imagination, thereby shedding light on both film and architecture. light on both cinema and architecture

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Cover image: © Renée Tobe. Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, USA.


interaction where films use buildings to provide a sense of place to the narrative, but where architecture tends to become increasingly immaterial and dislocated. Renée Tobe’s text combines light and dark, philosophy and entertainment, romance and thrills’. Professor William Firebrace, Stuttgart Academy of Arts, Germany

Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination

Dr Renee Tobe’s new book ‘Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination’ was published by Routledge and ‘Film, Architecture and Spatial Imagination offers a lively viewing of the launched in September 2016 atexamines the AA crossover between film and architecture. The book this bookshop. uneasy

ArchitectScripta Workshop


Architectscripta is an international organisation which leads workshops of Advanced Architectural Design. The workshops are part of an ongoing academic research, which introduces participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architecture and Art, through technical attainment of design and production. Architectscripta is led by architects Nefeli Chatzimina and Nikos Papavasileiou. Dr Anastasia Karandinou (UEL) was guest tutor–juror for the workshop REPETIgRID  held in December 2016, and attracted more than 100 applicants.

Architectscripta directors, Nefeli Chatzimina and Nikos Papavasileiou collaborate with several universities in Europe and in the USA, and run advanced architectural workshops for the past 10 years. To apply to attend their forthcoming workshops and events visit:

Big Capital: Who is London For? Revealing exactly what is causing London’s housing crisits and what can be done



U.K. £00.00 9 780141 984995 LANE Politics “Fierce, incisive, important. Anyone who lives or works in a building should read this book” Will Self book

“Anna Minton goes digging into the housing crisis in London and beyond. She gives us an account that indicates the crisis was made through decisions and wilful distortions about the consequences of those decisions. Very few of the actors are left standing in her analysis which reads like a sort of murder mystery fully exposed.” Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Expulsions

BIG CAPITAL Who is London For?

ANNA MINTON ‘Fierce, incisive, important. Anyone who lives or works in a building should read this book’ Will Self

‘Adverts on hoardings all over London portray a city populated by smart-looking people in luxury balcony apartments. This is the destination of choice for foreign investors and the oligarchs, billionaires and super-rich who make up the so-called ‘alpha elites’, who are attracted by the UK’s favourable tax environment. Entire neighbourhoods in the ‘alpha’ part of London…have changed out of all recognition... Estate agents refer to these centrally located ‘super prime’ areas as the ‘golden postcodes’. They have long been wealthy places, but in the past, like most of London, they were also mixed areas. Now multimillionaire Ultra High Net Worth Individuals have displaced even the wealthy from Kensington; they in turn displace others to suburban areas, creating a domino effect that ripples throughout the city.’ Extract


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Robotic applications for architectural design and fabrication


UEL, one of the few schools of Architecture in the UK having a robotic arm, follows the technological advancements in the field of architecture, construction and design. Many disciplines, architecture included, are revolutionized by the use of robots and the educational system must adapt to these changes. School of Architecture invests in this shift by implementing robotics in its curriculum and by investing in research projects. The ABB IRB 6620, with its big payload and reach, can be used for actual

architectural applications, bringing the construction and fabrication back to the hands of the architect. Established this year, the robotic lab started its operation by a series of robotic drawings with various mediums and also with the use of hot wire cutting to produce high complex forms, unable to be done manually and with conventional methods. In the future, the lab aims to be a creative and innovative hub in the London architectural innovation scene.


Live workshops: a philosophy of engagement

Technical Workshops are in themselves architecturally ambiguous events. Real events in real time, they are constructed situations. The line, and the drawing, which marshals it into order, normally precedes the making of structures with material. Within the Workshop, this is not so, and the line loses its pre-eminence, drawings become simply notations of actions, explorative tools to investigate how it fits, where it is placed, the sequence of actions. Workshops rely on both verbal and malleable strategies to generate the constructed situation between the participants and their task. What advantage does this give? Primarily, the development of material resolution through making confronts the student with the inertia and sloth of material substance. The student cannot assume that the mastery of matter is the responsibility of others. In the very conception of a design the qualities and properties of materials must be grasped and understood in order to make. Lines are the intermediaries between ‘thought’ and ‘make’, and their significance as substitute matter needs to be understood. An Architect seldom builds their own work, but to begin an immersion into the act of building is the only means by which the line can become relevant and purposeful. Workshops require a clear strategy and tactics to succeed within a timeframe, so need precise definition and clarity of purpose. However, the energy and contribution of the participants must be accommodated, their unique individual contributions harnessed into the collective effort. If the outcome of the constructed situation is too tightly defined, the lack of engagement is palpable, becoming a mechanical labour rather than a collective endeavour. The participants have to be allowed to develop an intuitive understanding of the issues of the situation, to become confident through direct engagement with the material process, to be empowered to adjust and alter that process as it happens. This requires the workshop to develop a forum for discussion and exchange, with knowledge shared in order to stimulate propositions. An Architecture of approximation. Alan Chandler

The following images are from Construction Week, Diploma Level 4 workshops in making at 1:1 constructing as academic research, and for clients in the wider community. With thanks to those who made the Construction week 2016 happen: Studio Bark - Wilf Meynell, Sarah Bland, Nick Newman and Steph Chadwick www.studiobark., MUF Architecture Art - Katherine Clarke, Dr Heba Elsharkawy and Dr Bridget Snaith, Matter Architecture - Roland Karthaus, Stratis Georgiou – UEL Robotics lecturer, Royal Docklands Learning and Community Building, The Spinney School, Clapham Common – Jane Christofi, St James Street Big Local.

“The atmosphere was very friendly and everybody was happy to share knowledge! I felt very lucky to have had the chance to work in such a professional manner with everybody!“

“…..we are well equipped with technical knowledge about timber. I find this extremely useful as we, studentarchitects are always design for the sake of aesthetics only instead of trying to understand the technical and properties of materials which would be useful for its sustainability. I would say this has been a very enjoyable and beneficial hands-on project to be involved with. From designing to building it with raw materials in two weeks’ time was truly challenging but satisfying to witness the end product come to live”

“The two-week self-build challenge was a project that I feel really allowed myself and my fellow team members the exciting opportunity to learn all about this whole new and exciting method of construction, which is one that will hopefully be carried with us through our future journeys in Architecture. By being hands on, I feel we were really able to benefit from understanding the innovative technique at a closer level, and I feel by successfully carrying out this build, we may be able to inspire others to get involved and try it out for themselves.”

“Our design purposefully restricted the use of adults within the pavilion creating spaces just for children to discover sparking a playful interest in and around the structure. As designers we all have great ambitions for the structure’s final outcome, seeing people interact, engage, play, laugh and debate around the pavilion satisfies all of our individual architectural ambitions for the St James Pavilion”.

A selection of student’s expereinces from their live workshop.


“The design and construction process for ReAssemble was an incredibly challenging and rewarding task. The team worked well together to overcome a variety of obstacles from health and safety issues to challenges of programme and fabrication”.

UEL students design £1m live project

UEL students invited to design a £1m project for British land and Sir Robert McAlpine on historic city of London site.


Five students from both the Part 1 and Part 2 courses of architecture have been selected as part of a school-wide design competition to create a £1m pound site welfare facility on the Broadgate estate as part of British Lands 10 year regeneration plan. The students are working alongside UEL senior lecturer Alex Scott-Whitby and former UEL Alumni Osman Marfo-Gaysi to design and then work on the detailed design of the project which will be realised in October. Here the winning students - Robin Philpott, John Francis Benedicto, Darlyn Noraly, Kirk Slankard, Nuno Lopes - write for the first time about this hugely exciting and challenging experience, which we look forward to seeing realised soon. ‘The opportunity to work with one of the big names in the industry such as Sir Robert McAlpine carries with it both great reasonability and reward. As a team of students and recent graduates it’s been an assault course in architecture and construction that has taken us beyond the confines of a normal practice and exposed, some for the first time, to the challenges of project based deadlines and trying to stay ahead of the red line.

The level of exposure we have received in a short time has led us to tackle challenges head on with confidence and perseverance, whilst growing professionally and personally. The process has highlighted just how important communication is within a team and that especially when under pressure this must not be compromised. We are very grateful to be working alongside and gaining invaluable experience from Jeff Tidmarsh (SRM), Alex Scott Whitby and Osman Marfo-Gaysi (Scott Whitby Studio), who with us are aiming to deliver an exciting scheme, that we hope will serve as a precedence for how this industry approaches re-use and prove what a little imagination and a lot of hard work can do. We feel proud to be a part of this team and work in such an environment, winning the competition was just the start. We have the reputation of not just ourselves, but UEL, Sir Robert McAlpine and British land to uphold and are confident that if done well, as it is being done, we shall benefit from such an experience for the rest of our careers and forge a relationship between UEL and SRM that will give future students the same opportunity.’

This academic year UEL was invited to participate in the RIBA Mentoring Scheme. The scheme gives opportunities to Y3 students and practitioners to discuss the role and work of architects today through meetings and site visits during three sessions throughout the academic year. We would like to thank the RIBA for including UEL in the scheme and more specifically Laura Broderick as the excellent coordinator. We were very impressed with the programmes set up for our students in the individual practices. The students benefited immensely from the insight into daily practice, contract administration, the specificities of small and larger practices, thoroughly prepared guided tours to building sites but also discussions about their portfolios and interview skills. We would very much like to thank the following practices and individuals for taking time out of their  busy schedule to make this possible, and we hope to  collaborate with them again soon. Adam Kahn Architects - AHMM - aLL Design Architecture for London - Assael - Citizens Design Bureau - CZWG - East Architects - Grimshaw Haworth Tompkins - Hayhurst and Co - Knox Bhavan - Max Architects - Russian for Fish - Studio RHE Surface to Air - Buckley Gray Yeoman

UEL also offered the opportunity of one week of Work Experience to Y2 students. Practices and individuals afforded our students varied and challenging involvement in ongoing projects. It was an especially valuable experience at this early stage of their education. The benefits were immediate. Details were not abstract drawings anymore, but related to experiences on building sites. Students understood the need for ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ drawings and models as well as the importance of sketches and models as means for communication to project team and clients. Crits were understood better as valuable input, based on the experiences of project team meetings and design reviews attended. We would very much like to thank the participating practices, organisations and individuals who gave their time so generously and we hope  to collaborate again in the next academic year. Architecture for London - Assael - Buckley Gray Yeoman - Grimshaw - Haptic - Hasa Architects Haworth Tompkins - Penoyre & Prasad - Purcell Surface to Air - Waugh Thistleton - Haringey Council - Future of London. The UEL Work Experience Week and the UEL side of the RIBA Mentoring Scheme were organised by Stephanie Schultze-Westrum. We would be very interested in new collaborations, please contact:

RIBA Mentoring Scheme, UEL students and mentors from CZWG Architects LLP on site.


RIBA Mentoring Scheme and UEL Work Experience

DISPLAYZ Collaborative design workshop in Athens


‘The city must be a place of waste, for one wastes space and time; everything mustn’t be foreseen and functional […] the most beautiful cities were those where festivals were not planned in advance, but there was a space where they could unfold.’ Henri Lefebvre Successful places should be considered those that allow for the unexpected to happen. Displayz is a collaborative design workshop, led by Dr Anastasia Karandinou and Dr Harald Trapp (UEL) in collaboration with Prof Angelos Psilopoulos (Interior Design, TEI Athens). Displayz was a 4-day long hands-on experimental design workshop, held in Athens in April 2017. Workshop theme: Public space – and any space – responds to and in parallel leads cultural and social change. One could argue that the design of public space encourages a specific range of activities to be performed, and possibly discourages others. At the same time, as Lefebvre would argue, successful places should be considered those that allow for the unexpected to happen. With the above in mind, this workshop explores specific places by attempting to perform an unexpected activity within them.

A different understanding of a place (/ a thing/ a tool/ a building/ etc.) occurs when we dis-place it, when we use it in an un-orthodox way, when we challenge the patterns and activities it is associated with, when we ‘break’ it/ dislocate it/ disrupt it. Through ‘serious play’ we engaged in a non-linear process, which allowed for provocative discussions and projects to emerge. The workshop was supported by the Erasmus+ European program. The images presented here were produced by the following students: Nikos Ntanos, Ileana Kandralidou, Iro Sofikitou, Myrsini - Louloudi Kardiolaka, Evmorfia Melina Emily Koukoutsaki, Christos Kourtidis, Daphne Vakalopoulou, Christina Mylona, Varvara Papageorgiou. (Follow their work on Twitter and Facebook #Displayz)


A+D International Summer School July 2016


Architecture and Design launched its first International Summer School in July 2016 led by Dr Heba Elsharkawy, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BSc Architectural Design Technology, alongside Alan Chandler, and Dr Anastasia Karandinou. The programme brought together international undergraduates and recent graduates from schools of architecture and other built environment disciplines keen to develop a UK experience in smart building design. During the couple of weeks spent at the School, students engaged in interactive and inspiring workshops, seminars and group projects, whilst participating in project, sketching and photography competitions. The summer school included lectures by UEL academics and experts in the field as well as leading practitioners from renowned UK architectural practices, such as Foster and Partners, MAKE Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects. A talk and a visit

to Roger Stirk Harbour and Partners offices was undertaken as part of the project work. Students were also given the opportunity to attend field visits to remarkable smart and sustainable buildings and venues, such as the Cheesegrater, the Walkie Talkie Sky Garden, the Crystal exhibition in London, the BRE Innovation Park in Watford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A leisure trip to Cambridge was also facilitated where the students got to visit historical sites, galleries and enjoyed punting on the River Cam. The summer school concluded with an awards and certificates ceremony where the Dean of ACE and A+D academics presented awards to teams who won the projects, sketchbooks, and photography competitions. The ceremony was followed by a Gala dinner at O2 arena’s famous Johnny’s restaurant. The second summer school is planned to run from 1sst to 15th July 2017.

London Works


Architecture Student Competition

The Architecture Student competition 2017


Parallelism In Architecture And Computing Techniques

The international conference on Parallelism in Architecture and Computing Techniques (PACT) 2016 explores the relations between computational design software in architecture, organizational and global, ever-changing and pervasive contexts. PACT 2016 was organized by The University of East London (UEL), in collaboration with the International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (IEREK) institution. The conference represented an important forum for computational and digital architecture research that reconciles parallelism in different architectural and computing discourses, and provokes discussion in current themes and topics such as high performance computing, big data, advanced systems and interfaces, ubiquitous computing, as well as advanced fabrication technologies and tectonics. The Conference Keynote Speakers were: Professor Patrik Schumacher Director of Zaha Hadid Architects; Professor Mario Carpo, Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, The Bartlett, UCL; Professor Jose Sanchez, Assistant Professor at USC & Director of Plethora Project; Benjamin Dillenburger, Assistant Professor of Architecture, ITA ETH. The Conference was directed by Gilles Retsin and Prof Hassan Abdalla and was held in UEL, London, 12-14 September 2016.

Parametric Materialism

The eighth International ASCAAD conference is organised by SOAS University of London, in collaboration with the UEL, Robert Gordon University and Effat University. This year’s theme addresses the cross over between the notion of the technological and the environmental; the ever-increasing speed of technological advancements and the concern about the environmental performance of buildings are becoming further interlinked. “Nowadays, the use of the word ‘architecture’ is subsiding in favour of the ‘Built Environment’, which is automatically recognised as a subset of the ‘Environment’. By replacing or redefining the term ‘architecture’ by the term ‘built environment’ the discourse becomes purposefully and intentionally more inclusive of the different aspects of our ‘Beingin-the world’. In conjunction, our everyday ‘Being-inthe-World’ is critically influencing the environment. We note two recent outcomes that addressed this, namely, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations, and the Climate Change Summit recently held in Paris. In recognition of the role of Computer Applications in Architecture (CAAD), we tie our conference theme to the ongoing exploration into ways to combat climate change, through optimised environmental performance of buildings, sustainable use of materials and

resources, and the resulting underlying development through enhancing the living conditions, with minimal impact on the environment.ASCAAD 8th conference theme builds on previous themes and extends them. We previously examined two particular metaphors. The first metaphor addressed aspects of virtual environments that resemble our physical world; In other words, it examined how a computer model can be ‘read’; or interpreted as a physical model how attributes of the physical world are assigned or projected upon the digital - and the reverse. In this conference, we would like to extend the exploration into aspects of virtual environments and their resemblance to physical environments by looking at the aspect of ‘performance’: the way in which environments are sensed, measured, tracked and visualised. Moreover, we reflect on matters and materiality in both virtual and physical space philosophically, theoretically, practically and reflectively. The second metaphor looked into the modes and means of interaction between our bodies and virtual environments. Here we extend the investigation to look into the ways in which environmental performance influences human interaction in real environments.” The Conference Committee - Dr Aghlab AlAttili (SOAS University of London), Dr Anastasia Karandinou (UEL), Dr Ben Daley (SOAS University of London)


International Conference co-organised by UEL

Stage set design workshop By Collide Theatre


Theatrical director Emily Louizou (from Collide Theatre), in collaboration with Dr Anastasia Karandinou and Rashid Ali, organised a one-day stage set design workshop for Interior Design students. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the role of the designer in the context of theatre productions and took part in a hands-on workshop, which involved creative reading of a play and a short design exercise.

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Design Workshop

New Design University (Austria) design studio, led by Christine Schwaiger and Kriso Leinfellner, visited London in October 2016, and run a workshop on what the 21st century retail design practices should be. Some of the questions the workshop addressed was the role of the design in the rapidly changing nature of the retail spaces. As online commerce expands, stores become exhibition spaces and places for unique everyday experiences. The workshop addressed a range of relevant contemporary themes, through visits to retail spaces in Shoreditch and through tutorials and discussions hosted at the Method design studio. Dr Anastasia Karandinou (UEL) took part in this workshop as a guest tutor and reviewer of the students’ projects.


Led by New Design University, Austria

Meta-Utopia Between process and poetry by Patrik Schumacher, visiting Professor


Zaha Hadid Gallery hosted an exhibition: Meta-Utopia featured a diverse group of architects, designers and researchers at the fading end of “the digital”. Together these works and practices constitute what is perhaps best described as a “meta-utopia”, an atopic place for ideas and processes that serves as laboratory and launching pad for as yet abstract proto-utopias that are - not unlike art works - thrown in front of sympathetic audiences in search for feedback synergies. This emerging body of work is in a continuous tension between the utopic and the pragmatic. The carefully developed robotic tools and dreams of ultimate efficiency have as an ironic consequence that they are severely deficient, unsuitable and as yet unable to compete with current practices or standards: chairs unsuitable for sitting. This “not-yet pragmatic” character seems willful, almost subversive, but is in fact a strategic detour towards the perhaps future. New aesthetic sensibilities are here as much tested as are technological feasibilities, rendering a possible future viscerally tangible, and querying its desirability. Meta-utopia thus launches and

© Osman Marfo-Gyasi

queries technological, aesthetic and anthropological innovations. Fabrication technology experimentation becomes here an engine of both spatio-formal invention as well as socio-programmatic invention. Meta-Utopia – between process and poetry is an exhibition bringing together a group of emerging designers and architects caught in a continuous, immanent tension between efforts towards the pragmatic mastery of cutting edge technological processes and the pursuit of poetic anticipations of the strangely beautiful life-worlds that might be opening up if these or similar innovations can be generalized. The exhibition is highlighting a new tight-knit but growing academic network and avant-garde tendency in contemporary architecture that doggedly invests in the rugged and risky detour of proto-engineering without engineers, in the pursuit of a new horizon. All of its participants are tenaciously poised on this risky edge, surfing the oscillating curve between the pragmatic and the utopian, between process and poetry.


Drawings produced by A+D’s new robot


Open Jury

Open Jury

Like every year, we had the Open Jury and Lectures in the AVA Building, in the beginning of February. The event welcomed invited guests, all students, members of staff and people who were interested in our architectural studies. The Open Jury was again a unique opportunity to see work in progress and to share the diversity of architecture at UEL. The event was organised in such a way that each Unit or Group presented their ongoing work to an invited panel of guests in their own studio space. As such, it was both, a ‘mid-term exhibition’ with work in progress and a vital platform for discussion about academic work in architecture. Furthermore, invited guest lecturers gave a lunchtime and evening lecture. On Thursday 9th February 2017 at Lunchtime, Carl Turner talked about ‘Make Shift’. Carl Turner Architects is an award winning studio based in London that believes in creating thought-provoking and well crafted projects. They have often found themselves not only being an architect, but also developer, curator and maker. As it is the practices 10 year anniversary this summer, Carl Turner reflected on that journey, focused on the temporary or ‘meanwhile’ projects and looked into the future.

He questioned how we can be most effective as architects. In addition, Wilf Meynell and Nick Newman from Studio Bark recruited students for Bark Live-Build 2017, a project and student workshop, filmed by Grand Designs. They introduced past live projects and explained the workshop as a possible thesis for the MA Architecture + Urbanism. On Thursday 9th February 2017 in the evening, Russell Curtis talked about ‘A Landscape for Living: Socially-Responsive Architecture’. RCKa’s work spans a wide range of typologies, but common to all is an ongoing interest in how the built environment can nurture social interaction, user participation, and a sense of community. Founding director Russell Curtis discussed how this approach informs the practice’s work. Invited Open Jury Guests Claire Dale-Lace, Luke Tozer, Cathy Hawley, Russell Curtis, David Bass, Laura Mark, Heidi Moxon, Jerry van Veldhuizen, Nic Pople, Simon Tucker, Sherief Mohamed, Marcus Andren, Russell Curtis, David Bass, Dante Vanoli, Nick Newman, Marcus Andren, Heidi Moxon, Jerry van Veldhuizen, Simon Tucker, Carl Turner, Wilf Meynell, Raymond Higgins, Laura Mark, Berta Sanchez Velar, Nic Pople, Melina Rantanen

Project by architect Carl Turner (left) and project by architect Russell Curtis (right), guest critics for the open jury 2017


Our unique opportunity for visitors, fellow staff and students to see work in progress and share the diversity of architecture at UEL.


18.10.16 Declan McCafferty Grimshaws Station to Station

31.01.17 Carl Turner Carl Turner Architects Make Shift

21.02.17 Maria Segantiini C+S Architects Aequilibrium

25.10.16 Tony Fretton Tony Fretton Architects UK NL BE CH

31.01.17 Michela Pace Icon Seeks Icons

21.03.17 Claudia Orsetti Heatherwick Studio

31.01.17 Philippa Battye Witherford Watson Mann Slow design

09.02.17 Russell Curtis A Landscape for Living: SociallyResponsive Architecture

04.04.17 Graham Sutherland Adams Sutherland Architects


Architecture Society Lecture Series


2016 - 17



UEL Architecture students society

UEL Architecture students society

Grimshaws - Declan McCafferty

Tony Fretton

Witherford Watson Mann - Philippa Battye

Station to Station: Cities, Stations, Technology and Construction


Slow Design

Tony Fretton is the principal architect of Tony Fretton Architects, a London based practice well regarded for their clean and minimalist designs including the British Embassy in Poland. The office was originally founded in 1982 by Tony Fretton and is still to this day run by him. He is also a visiting lecturer at both the University of East London and Delft University.

A talk inspired by Reynar Banham’s visceral critique of transport infrastructure as the destroyer of London, in his 60s silm “London - A City Crowned with Green”. It will examine how our relationship to stations has changed since then, and whether stations can become better, more human pieces of our cities. The talk will focus on three of our recent station projects; the complete REading Station, the under construction London Bridge Station and our concept design for the future redevelopment of Euston Station.


2016 - 17


2016 - 17

Tuesday 31st January, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium


UEL Architecture students society

UEL Architecture students society

UEL Architecture students society

Carl Turner

Russell Curtis

C+S Architects - Maria Segantiini

‘A Landscape for Living: Socially-Responsive Architecture’


‘Make Shift’

Carl Turner Architects is an award winning studio based in London that believes in creang thought-provoking and well crafted projects. They have often found themselves not only being an architect, but also developer, curator and maker. As it is the practice’s 10 year anniversary this summer, Carl Turner will be reflecting on that journey, focusing on the temporary or ‘meanwhile’ projects and looking into the future. He will be questioning how we can be most effective as architects.

RCKa’s work spans a wide range of typologies, but common to all is an ongoing interest in how the built environment can nurture social interaction, user participation, and a sense of community. Founding director Russell Curts will discuss how this approach informs the practce’s work.

Tuesday 31st January, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium


2016 - 17

UEL ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES UEL Architecture students society

Heatherwick Studio - Claudia Orsetti

Adams Sutherland Architects - Graham Sutherland

Our Practice

British designer Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring craft, design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace.Today a team of 200, including architects, designers and makers, work from a combined studio and workshop in King’s Cross, London.

Tuesday 21st March, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium

2016 - 17

2016 - 17

Presenting the work exhibited in the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini, directors of C+S Architects, besed in London UK and Venice, Italy investigate their work, research and preoccupations in architecture.

Thursday 9th February, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium

UEL Architecture students society

2016 - 17

Philippa will be talking about 5 projects with three clients/ organisations. The clients are the House of Illustration in Kings Cross, The Courtauld of Art at Somerset House and The Albany Theatre in Deptford.

Tuesday 25th October, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium

Tuesday 18th October, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium


2016 - 17

UEL Architecture students society

Tuesday 21st February, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium


2016 - 17

UEL Architecture students society

Our Practice

Michela Pace Icon Seeks Icons

Adams & Sutherland is an award winning, architectural consultancy with wide experience of delivering successful buildings and public spaces. Our projects bring together architecture, landscape and urban design to create meaningful environments and uplifting spaces in which people can live, work and travel through.

Tuesday 4th April, 6.00PM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium

Tuesday 31st Jan, 10.00 AM Docklands Campus, AVA Atrium



Maria Alessandra Segantini launched the November Lectures in 2015, thanks to the contribution of the Sto Foundation. The series is taking place in November in five European Universities, London, Paris, Stuttgart, Prague and Milan.

level. He asserted that to be truly innovative, every generation of architects has to revisit these basic principals. He added that architecture benefits from a degree of intuitiveness, whereby you allow ideas to subconsciously grow out of a place.

The topic chosen by Segantini this year was Architecture beyond Conventions. The four architects invited, Zhang Ke form China, Iñaqui Carnicero form Spain, Boris Bernaskoni from Russia and the Italian Arturo Vittori developed the topic in very original perspectives.

Carnicero, principal of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office, based in Madrid and New York, and co-curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, which was awarded the Golden Lion for best national pavilion titled his talk ‘Unfinished’, also the title of the Spanish pavilion exhibition, addressing the critical issue of the uncertain future life of buildings, and the strategy of flexibility that underpins the work of his practice. In each instance, Carnicero identified the design opportunities that arise from project constraints, focusing on architecture’s capacity to evolve, adapt, and transform. He closed the talk by discussing the exhibition, ‘Unfinished’, which addresses the opportunities presented by the contemporary ruins left across Spain as a result of the 2008 financial crisis.

Zhang Ke, founder and director of Beijingbased practice ZAO/standardarchitecture, a multidisciplinary studio working in landscape, architecture, planning and product design is an important voice amidst the construction frenzy of urban China. Through his portfolio of built projects, Zhang questions the corporate conventions of architecture, and brings fresh, uninstitutional thoughts and processes to the discipline. He has won international recognition and awards for his work, and is also a visiting lecturer at Harvard University. Starting off the November lecture series, Zhang showed a series of his early projects in Tibet, through to his work at the very centre of the city in Beijing, also sharing overviews of projects beyond these locations that exemplify the quietly radical work of the practice. The practice undertook a series of urban studies for the renewal of Beijing’s old city, rallying against the persistent problem of the rapid development and gentrification that is taking place, with no clear strategy at its core. The project created a dialogue with the government, who partway though gave approval for the project, and a cast replica of the hutong appeared at Beijing Design Week and the 2016 Venice Biennale. One of Zhang’s key messages, throughout the talk, was that no matter how internationalised discourse around architecture has become, it is by its nature, a practice related to place, and to people at a local

Boris Bernaskoni’s practice is based between Moscow and Munich. He is currently in the process of launching BIT Project - Bernaskoni, Information Technology - in response to the fact that he sees the future of architecture as inseparable from the future of technology. Bernaskoni’s completed projects include Matrex and Hypercube – innovative, sustainable buildings at the heart of Skolkovo, Moscow’s newly created Silicon Valley. In 2007, Bernaskoni won an international competition to design a new museum in Perm, in western Russia. Throughout his talk he focused on the concept of the four E’s that all his projects adhere to; economy, ecology, ergonomics and efficiency. He also emphasised the importance of a building’s ability to adapt and change both in terms of its internal function and its external façade. Arturo Vittori closed the November talks at the University of East London with his presentation, called Water from the Air.


STO Foundation International Lecture Series

Vittori went on to talk about the inspirations for his project, which include biomimicry, local traditions, and the Warka tree, which in localized areas of Ethiopia forms the basis of a community, offering shelter, fruit and oxygen, in return for protection and nourishment. In terms of biomimicry Vittori referenced the Namib beetle, which survives in dry habitats by drawing water from dew and fog using nanoscale bumps on its body, and cacti, which collect water from the atmosphere with the aid of spines to survive in arid conditions. He also referenced dewponds, used in the UK in the agricultural community to collect and preserve rainwater to serve livestock in hard to reach areas. Vittori shared his future plans for Warka Water, which he is taking to Haiti, Madagascar, India Indonesia and Nepal. Vittori’s closing message to the audience was to stop being a passenger on this planet and to become a crewmember, to improve the plight of our world using the capacity to design.



In 2003 Vittori co-founded his practice Architecture and Vision, based in Bomarzo in Italy, with Swiss architect Andreas Vogler. The international studio engages in the development of innovative architecture, design and technology solutions in fields including the aerospace industry. Vittori hosts design and concept workshops for students at universities worldwide. Architecture and Vision received much coverage in the architectural press and was invited to the 15th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale with its project Warka Water. Vittori introduced the students to his 2012 project, Warka Water, a venture that began with his travels to rural Ethiopia, and the observations he made there of humans living in a way that is integrated with their environment. Vittori revisited the statistics that motivated him to embark on the Warka Water project, a venture he undertook on his own initiative, in his own time.

Lectures on contemporary architecture Tuesday


Zhang Ke - CN

ZAO, StandardArchitecture



Iñaqui Carnicero - ES/USA RICA



Boris Bernaskoni - RU/DE Bernaskoni



Arturo Vittori - IT

Architecture and Vision

UEL School of Architecture AVA Atrium Theatre Dockland Campus University Way, E16 2RD London, UK LECTURES START AT 6:00pm Curator: Maria Alessandra Segantini

A series of events in cooperation with Sto-Stiftung


Architectural Design Technology Y1 Field trip to Venice

Field trip to the Venice Biennale

Constructionarium - Architectural Design Technology students Y2

FOUNDATION Architecture and Design Keita Tajima Programme Leader

P53  Foundation

The course aims to provide a broad range of experiences in the culture of spatial design. “Thinking through making” is at the core of this course, which is a tradition of architecture and design at UEL. We aspire to make the foundation studio into a creative laboratory where students will explore, discuss and cultivate individual creativity and critical thinking through studentship. Our aim is to stimulate students to find joy and enthusiasm in making and designing through the framework supported by experienced and enthusiastic tutors. Keita Tajima

FOUNDATION Keita Tajima (Programme Leader) Takuro Hoshino Sharone Lifschitz, Catherine Phillips ,Catalina Pollak, Huda Tayob, Mara Weiss, Keith Winter, Karen Marsh

Foundation in Architecture and Design is a gateway to the culture of design. The course aims to provide a broad range of experiences in the culture of spatial design. “Thinking through making� is at the core of this course, which is a tradition of the architecture school at UEL. We aspire to make the foundation studio into a creative laboratory where students will explore, discuss and cultivate individual creativity and critical thinking through studentship. Our aim is to stimulate students to find joy and enthusiasm in making and designing through the framework supported by experienced and enthusiastic tutors. Each module in the foundation program is set to provide briefs to enable students to discover their talents, and develop them further to be ready for their challenge as a first year student in a specific field of design. The design portfolio in foundation year is consisted of the work from three modules, Techniques for design, Design Project and Design Media and Representation modules. First half of the year, student will work on a series of short projects that provide an introduction to the wide range of skills and creative inspirations. Full scale freehand drawing, orthogonal drawing, various model making techniques, printing and photography are the main learning outcomes at this stage. The main project in the second half of the year is focused on a design project through which students apply and test the various skills and knowledge that they have learned previously through a design process.


2016 – 2017 We started the year by exploring the relationship between a body and space in rigorous documentation, experimental full scale drawings and paintings. The workshop with a choreographer stimulated the fresh discovery of the movement of a body, and provided students with further insight into the spatial relationship between a body, movement and space. Students have further investigated these issues through a series of material investigations and furniture projects in various scales. The main project requires coherent development process through 3 consecutive briefs (form and material, site visit, design proposal). The main project was set in Loughborough junction in south London. Students visited to the garden several times to observe, survey and meet people in the garden in order to generate the idea for an inhabitable room for the community and visitors. On the course of the design process, students developed and tested through collages, series of different scale models and drawings. Field trip The trip to Granada, Spain was intended to provide a brief yet rich introduction to the art and architecture. Students spent four days absorbing the culture of art and architecture ranging from medieval to the contemporary.

Visiting Crits: Carsten Jungfer, Takako Hasegawa, Special thanks to: Public Works, Charlotte O’Connor, Tom Dobson, Karen Hooper, Ivana Sehic, P55  Foundation

Students: Amy Baker, Abdinasir Mohamed, Bren Heald, Chevignon Mills, Harry Zimmerman, James Ingram, Dimana Gandeva, Zahraa Shaikh, Gabriel Llonor, Onur Derin, Chinedu Okerezi, Najib Abdulle, Gizem Kose, Yohan Ismael, Zeena Ismail, Alma Odoleanu, Jessica Corelli, Tannah Nansubuga, Mamadou Aw, Alaina Williams, Tala Aflatouni, Andrea Pigniczki, Yuanmin Xiao, Leticia Martins, Guy Mukulayenge, Sachini H Palliyaguruge, Delmarie Coates, Yessica Rincon Toro, Anesuishe Shipe, Alexander Lynch, Vanessa Uffot, Eyob Taye, Demha Ahmed, Julian Imossi, Alisa Insoi, Barnabas Madzokere, Nicolau Donati, Joanne Dean, Annaliese Ellis, Mandeep Rooprai, Suphawadee Maneerat, Merve Kucukkose


P56  Foundation

f.1 Body extension wire model, Zeena Ismail (previous page) Documenting body movement by painting, tracing and drawing. f.2 Workshop presentation at White building, Hackney wick f.3 Layer drawing of body movement, Amy Baker f.4 The documentation of the movement of a interactive game for two, Harry Zimmerman, Zeena Ismail f.5 Documenting a set of foot prints as a trace , Yessica Rincon Toro f.6 Working in FD studio f.7 Object drawing, Delmarie Coates f.8 Drawing a set of lines, Jessica Corelli f.9 Broken brick space, Alma Odoleanu f.10 Drawing a movement, Alexander Lynch f.11 Broken brick space drawing, Alma Odoleanu f.12 Mixed media collage , Andrea Pigniczki f.13 Mono prints, Alma Odoleanu





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P58  Foundation

f.14 Form and material study with fabric and casting, Amy Baker f.15 Form and material study with fabric , James Ingram f.16 Folding and pleating fabric, drawing by Zeena Ismail f.17 hanging string model to explore the catenary arch structure, Alaina Williams f.18 Form and material study with clay, Yessica Rincon Toro f.19 Form and material study with fabric , Yohan Ismael f.20 Testing and appropriating a set of chairs, Jessica Corelli (group work) f.21 Proposal development by sketch, Jessica Corelli (group work) f.22, 23 Proposal development by sketch, Zeena Ismail&Harry Zimmerman(group work) f.24,25 Assembling and disassembling furniture, Alma Odoleanu(group work) a26 Proposed furniture collage by Amy Baker(group work)







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P60  Foundation

f.27 Film making f.28 Etching, Tala Aflatouni f.29 Collage Isometric, Zahraa Shaikh f.30 Embossing, Tala Aflatouni. f.31 Paper cut out collage, Zeena Ismail f.32 Mixed media collage, Delimarie Coates. f.33 Wire model, Leticia Martins f.34 Wire model, Alaina Williams f.35 Form finding by fabric, Amy Baker f.36 Mixed media collage, Zeena Ismail f.37 Cast cube model, Zeena Ismail f.38 Axonometric of cube model, Tala Aflatouni







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P62  Foundation

Proposal for Loughborough junction garden: f.39 Communal kitchen, Harry Zimmerman f.40 Proposed landscape collage, Zeena Ismail f.41 Proposed gathering space collage, Julian Imossi f.42 Program collage, James Ingram. f.43 Proposed tea house, Yuamin Xiao f.44 Proposed gathering space, Abdnasir Mohamed. f.45 Proposed section for a gathering space, NajibAbdulle. f.46 Proposed play structure, Andrea Pigniczki








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P63  Foundation


BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) Programme Leader: Christian Groothuizen MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) Programme Leader: Dr Harald Trapp

History & Theory teaching staff: Dr RenĂŠe Tobe Christoph Hadrys (urban design) Miho Nakagawa Stylianos Giamarelos Claude Saint Arroman Giles Omezi Vanessa Vanden Berghe Alfonso Senatore (sustainability) Gilles Retsin (computation) Dr Bridget Snaith (landscape) Alan Chandler (heritage) Maria Segantini (heritage) Dr Doug Spencer (theory) Technical Studies teaching staff: Dr Alexander Veal Michele Roelofsma Hwei Fan Liang Step Haiselden Christian Groothuizen Alan Chandler Wilf Meynell Pell Frischmann

Computing & Representation teaching staff: Janet Insull Nenad Djordevic Isaac Cobo Displas Sibyl Trigg Professional Studies teaching staff: Paolo Vimercati Guests and thanks: Andrew Waugh (Waugh Thistleton Architects), Anna Schabel (Wilton Studio), Chris Stobbart (Engineers HRW), Daria Wong (DWArchitects), Elyse Howell-Price (Grimshaw Architects), Euan Russel (Grimshaw Architects), Liam Morrisey (what if: projects), Roland Karthaus (Karthaus Design), Steve Webb (Webb Yates Engineers), Toshiya Kogawa (ART Architects), Ty Tikari (Tikari Works)

around them, to consider occupiers and users, buildings and spaces with an approach that is both critical and poetic. The supporting strands of History and Theory, Technical and Professional Studies, Computing and Representation, inform and enrich an integrated design approach. Students test and apply learned knowledge, practical skills and critical enquiry to a personal architectural proposition; this forms the basis of the architectural education. The technical teaching instils an appreciation of site and context, the art of construction, economy of structure and the nature and complexity of materials, using knowledgebased lectures and analysis of precedent as a route to integrate this understanding in the unit-based design proposals. Our hands-on approach to a poetic materiality is characterised by exploratory modelmaking in all years and 1:1 construction particularly in Years 1 and 4. The aim of the MArch programme, in Years 4 & 5, is to stimulate students to become critical agents in the social production of space. Enriched by practical experience after their degree, postgraduate students expand their technical, professional and theoretical knowledge. Their competence creatively converges in a design-process that challenges the boundaries of architecture in its social, economical and political context. Within this process students transform complexity into elegance, animate aesthetics and organise space for social use. Preparation for professional practice integrates essential technical, philosophical, regulatory and practical knowledge as baseline skills that enable the final thesis at BSc and MArch to critically extend beyond the RIBA requirements. Decision making and technical innovation develop from and relate to wider socio-political contexts, grounding the design work and the critical task of detailing to make tangible connections to wider architectural ideas. The professional Architecture programmes at UEL produce directed, responsible and socially aware graduates that understand architecture as a beautiful, radical tool to make ‘place’ and engage with the complexities of social and environmental interaction.


Through the professionally accredited Part 1 and Part 2 programmes, our students develop a rigorous and strategic understanding of context encompassing social and environmental, physical and non-physical concerns, enabling them to make engaged and critical architectural proposals. Our teaching is centred on the interface of social and spatial structures, on people and place. Our location in East London gives unique opportunities to understand, critique and reimagine how regeneration and redevelopment impact upon existing places and communities, bringing case studies from across Europe and beyond back into a critical reflection on London and its future. At the core of this education are our design units in Years 2 & 3 and 4 & 5, each of which provides students with a particular thematic and methodological approach to design, and as a whole contain a diversity that stimulates critical awareness. The design units operate as autonomous research teams and consist of two tutors and between 16 to 20 students. Supporting the design units is a framework of teaching in essential technical, theoretical, regulatory and practical knowledge that enables a fully integrated design process. Students must construct with both materials and ideas, and in final year BSc and MArch are expected to develop their design proposals as a personal thesis. In Year 1 the teaching is centred on a sequence of design projects that work through from the scale of the body to the scale of the city. The year aims to provide a broad platform for exploring creativity and introduces a set of skills and standards that range from surveying and technical drawing, to sketching and model making. Embedded within the schedule of projects are lectures, seminars and practical workshops that provide an introduction to the social concerns of architecture, knowledge of historical context, and understanding material properties and capabilities. The year is structured to guide every student along these first steps on the path to becoming an architect, building confidence and developing a strong sense of purpose and direction. In Years 2 & 3 the design units lead an iterative design process that is driven by creativity, imagination and critical self-reflection. The course is designed to educate students to think seriously about the world


BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

FIRST YEAR Home-work

Kristina Hertel, Michele Roelofsma, Phoebe Gresford, Reem Charif, Charlotte Harris, Toshiya Kogawa, Sibyl Trigg, Renee Tobe, Janet Insull, Jake Moulson

This year the concept of home was explored at different scales over the 3 terms of study. The main site was De Beauvoir Town and the environs of the Regents Canal in Hackney, London. Home-made (De Beauvoir, Regents Canal) At the start of the year we encouraged a spatial discourse through a furniture scale group project, asking students to extend the small space of a houseboat into the realm of the adjacent towpath. They were asked to develop a purpose for their small architecture that would create an overlap between the public, passing by, and the residents of the houseboat community. Students constructed their designs in the studio, and tested them at full scale on site. This project provided their first encounter with the site that they would return to for the final project of the year. Making home (Weald and Downand) The second project of the year was a survey and study of buildings at the Weald and Downland open Air museum near Chichester, West Sussex. In groups students initially surveyed an allocated home, looking at construction, material use, and spatial conditions. The project was shared with Technical studies, allowing students to spend more time on their study and subsequent design for the site: a temporary, two level, 16 square metre home for a craftsman for the Weald and Downland Open Air museum. This project challenged students to explore a defined space in greater depth, and at a tangible scale.


Home work (De Beauvoir) In January students travelled to Venice, and brought back an inventory of threshold details, further expanding their spatial and material vocabulary, and introducing how architecture relates to the city. Returning to our site in De Beauvoir, Hackney, the main project of the year generated proposals in the context of the De Beauvoir community, on an open, but defined site next to the Regents Canal, south of the De Beauvoir Estate. The themes of home, and shared-space, were central to the brief, and students were introduced to the concept and precedents of cohousing, through a series of visits and talks. The studies from Weald and Downland and threshold studies from Venice, helped to generate spatial and material design strategies. A further driver in the development of their proposals was the adjacency to the conditions of the Regents canal. Students designed a conglomerate of 4-6 homes for a community of makers, around a shared space, a studio and workspace tailored to their profession, and a window to connect with the bypassing public and the community of De Beauvoir.

Chardae, D’Acres-Hylton, Naghma Butt, Halima Ali, Oscar Davies, Amin Esrafili, Ioana Talpos, Shahzeb Mazhar, Alan Alavi Waly, William Fullick, Andrei Szepocher, Noman Khan, Rabia Gok, Andreea-Camelia Ciuc, Battal Sahiner Visiting Crits: Yasar Shah, Michael Putman, Tom Westwood, Albane Duvillier, Hoiyat Tsoi, Rosa Rogina, Armor Guitierrez Rivas Special thanks to: Jonathan Hoskins, Michael Putman, Simon Bayley, Dominic Ellison, Mark Lemanski, Christoph Hadrys, Mark Sowden, and Alan, from Weald & Downland


P69 DEGREE First Year

Students: Y1: Lyes Mohamed Hamidi, Alexander Malden, Filippos-Pavlos Perrakis-Kollias, Alex Jovanovic, Chelsea Anderson, Maja Oparnica, Marcelina Novak, Salem Almutairi, Femi Joseph Akinyosoye, Tholl Xander Inciong, Tasnima Miah, Aabbi Elmi, Taha Faour, Daniel Harris, Katharine Stevens, Nylda Amchaoui, Gabrielle Leblanc, Valerie Morgan, Ben Roder, Lukas Klibavicius, Athman Mohamed, Julian Roncancio Luna, Constantin Sirboiu, Sena Bektasoglu, Olive Odagbu, Mohd Zain Ahmed Hakeeme, Alexandre Palus, Milda Gatelyte, Lissette Shaw, Ahmed Omar, Omar Harrak, Daniel Meier, Roberto Lopato Ricorico, Maxim-Dan Ivanescu, Daniella Marchant, Julia Skiba, Metin Kocabey, Oliver Brown, Nick Franklin, Israa Salim, Michael, Adedokun,

P70 DEGREE First Year

Brief 1_ 1:1 structures for the Regents Canal boat community at De Beauvoir. Group project fy.01 Making the structures in the studio at UEL fy.02 fy.10 Constructing and testing the 6 structures on site fy.03 Axonometric drawing of canopy structure fy.07 idea model Previous page : fy.00 Mapping social exchange at varying scales in De Beauvoir, Olive Odagbu.





P71 DEGREE First Year fy.06






P72 DEGREE First Year

Brief 2_ Survey, study and architectural proposal for a small temporary home for a craftman in residence at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum fy.11 Peg making workshop in the gridshell fy.12 Surveying the medieval house from North Cray fy.13 Survey drawing of Anglo Saxon Hall House, Wiliam Fullick fy.14 + ffy.15 Proposal for Weald and Downland, internal views and movement diagram, Mohd Zain Ahmed Hakeeme fy.16 + fy.17 Proposal collage and section of proposal, Andrei Szepocher fy.18 Proposal model, Mohd Zain Ahmed Hakeeme fy.19 Proposal internal view, Alexandre Palus fy.20 Proposal section exploring darkness and light in the space, Nick Franklin fy.21Proposal collage, Daniella Marchant






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P74 DEGREE First Year







P75 DEGREE First Year

Brief 3_ Design for De Beauvoir for a communicty of makers to live and work together in a largely shared environment next to the Regents Canal. Woring with borrowed conditions from studies in Venice and influences form the previous project at Weald and Downland fy.22 Programm study, Israa Salim fy.23 Detail threshold model, Lissette Shaw fy.24 Concept collage, Daniella Marchant fy.25Proposal section study, Lissette Shaw fy.26 Threshold study cast, Olive Odagbu fy.27 Threshold model, Nick Franklin fy.28 Proposal development, studying the communal space, Daniella Marchant fy.29 Proposal model series, Andrei Szepocher fy.30 + fy.31Material proposal and concept section model, Filippos-Pavlos Perrakis-Kollias fy.32 Proposal model, Julian Roncancio Luna fy.33 Proposal collage overlooking the site, Israa Salim.







P76 DEGREE First Year

Technical and Computational Studies in first year integrate with the Design Projects, and the program is set to build students tectonic understanding of their designs through detail, structure and material studies. fy.34 Laser cut proposal for Weald and Downland, Filippos-Pavlos Perrakis-Kollias fy.35 Cutting pattern for one sheet of plywood fy.36 Collage for Homemade structure, Marcelina Novak fy.37 Flatpack of lasercut house, Daniella Marchant fy.38 Proposal, inhabited section Andrei Szepocher fy.39 Tindalls Cottage survey, Iona Talpos fy.41Technical study of proposal for De Beauvoir + fy.41 Axonometric survey study of Tindal’s Cottage Weald& Downland, Tholl Xander Inciong


A sheet showing Three peoples components arranged on a 1200x2400mm sheet of ply so as to be as efficient as possible with the material



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P77 DEGREE First Year



Unit A is interested in the morphology of the city by investigating relationships between space, programme, materiality and time. With a focus on reading spatial conditions through careful analysis of found ‘urban moments’ we set out to get a better understanding of the city as a place of transition. We engage in domains between architecture and urbanism and are interested in adaptive architectural interventions that contribute to the formation of new types of collective space. This year we looked at Wood Green, one of London’s town centres, to investigate how ideas of open systems could be utilised at building scale to create forwardlooking civic and sustainable architectures. Following recent shifts in political landscapes, there is a sense of suspension of a formerly known order, which has contributed to increased levels of uncertainty. Set within this contradicting context of pending and ongoing change, this raises interesting questions about the effects on future demand for new types of civic buildings to sustain Londons’ diversity and openness. We investigated the agenda of openness in relation to architectural aspects of space making, structure and material detail.


Some of questions that emerged this year: Is openness is a precondition for transformation? When does it occur? Can architecture and spatial conditions be defined through characteristics of openness? What type and quality of space and architectural structure supports change, what not? We set out to explore new forms of spatial design, organisation and construction to enable adaptable strategies, co-existences of multiple programmes and increased connectivity to propagate hybrid architectures that are coherent “products” of London as a collective space of open minded citizens.

“Collective society generates space as a social product and different building patterns […] are to be understood as configurations of movement and interaction within space.” Sophie Wolfrum

Visiting Crits: Anna Schabel, Beth Kay (Haringey Council), Bruno Silvestre, Dieter Kleiner (RCKa), Gavin Ball (Haringey Council), Paulina Huukari, Tak Hoshino, Timo Keller (Caruso St John), Tom Gibson (Haworth Tomkins)

P79  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit A

Students: Y3: André Radcliffe, Corey Smith, Danii Matin, Danissa Dizon, Dogan Kaya, Elham Alfaify, Hani Saab, James Mear, Jana Dockalova, Kieran Green, Leyana Clarke, Rozkar Ali, Sina Ferki Y2: Alford Dyett, Bipplav Limbu, Fouleymata Coulibaly Farhad, Hayden Mills, Legend Morgan, Muhammad Naim Ariffin, Sajat Rai, Vikrant Panchasara, Yen Chie Miaw

Special thanks to: Christoph Kalb (Architekturwerk), Louise Duggan (GLA)

Unit A Website:


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A. Karamel Restaurant/ Chocolate Factory 2 C A

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P80  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit A








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P81  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit A

a.1 Cross section through Wood Green study area, James Mear a.2 Open space analysis of Heartlands area, Hayden Mills a.3 Project site axonometric drawing by Chocolate Factory No.2, Leyana Clarke a.4 Building proposal for art-residency and workshop, Bipplav Limbu a.5 Social incubator (local branch for kickstarter) with auditorium, cafe & office space, Muhammad Naim Ariffin a.6 Blurring Divison: hybrid building propsal for recreational and creative workspace programmes, Legend Morgan a.7 Wood Green Lido, Hayden Mills

P82  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit A

a.8 Box-Park Wood Green: Temporary building structure (10 year life-span) for a vertical civic space that aims to seed public realm experiences for Wood Green and providing access to unused open spaces above the multi-storey shopping centre to deliver intermediate uses including play-grounds, event spaces, recreational programmes, public house & cafe and retail., James Mear a.9 Wood Green Civic Hall & Leisure centre, Jana Dockalova

Construction  Stage  2:  Erection  of  Retail  units/  Workshops



Construction  Stage  4:  Laying  down  the  Decking


Construction  Stage  8:  Finishing  touches


P83  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit A






 1. 25m Swimming pool 2. Training pool 3. Paddling pool with slide 4. Paddling pool 5. Showers and changing rooms entry 6. Reception 7. Swimming pool and showers/changing rooms entry 8. Kitchen 9. Seating area 10. Stairs leading up into the Civic Hall 11. Bike stands 12. Translucent benches which are bringing daylight into the changing rooms 13. Public Path - providing easier access between Alexandra Palace and Wood Green


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P84  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit A

a.10 The Up-cycling Hub builds on the current recycling facility run by the Council and extends the programme with a public yard, a community workshop and retail facility at ground level. The upper floor accommodates an educational facility, exhibition space, a small canteen and various top-light workshops for the creative community of tomorrow, Rozkar Ali

Existing images of the recycling Centre

Section in context 1:500

16 1 heavy duty workshop 2 stairs 3 lift 4 toilet 5 reception 6 shop 7 cars route 8 truck for loading containers 9 pedestrian area for dropping waste items 10 containers 11 outdoor working and public area 12 western road 13 internal ramp 14 external ramp 15 chocolate factory 16 school 17 railway 18 police station 19 green space


Up-cycling elevation in context

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Up-cycling hub Ground floor Scale 1:200

North side structure

Front structure

Structure development

General public People who are working

Uses of the spaces(interior and exterior

Small vehicle direction Truck direction

Circulation, movement (Up-cycling hub)

P85  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit A


UNIT E Mobility

Isaac Cobo i Displas, Claude Saint-Arroman

Unit E’s work this year focuses on issues of architecture and mobility, as first theorised by Archigram in the 1960s but recontextualised through today’s refugee crisis. Students went to a refugee camp in Sweden, designed for single men who had already gone through the processes of being taught Swedish and local administrative and social structures. Five refugees from 5 different countries spoke of their experience on campus, and raised a number of problems created by the design, including isolation from each other and from local facilities, the impossibility of applying their skills for want of equivalent Swedish certificates, the cost of living in Stockholm, and the difficulties of integration (the camp had been vandalised by arson a few weeks before). The students were given three sites in suburban locations (one is a real site for 300 refugees for next year, the other two are hypotheticals), think up temporary, factory designed or permanent housing and integration solutions for refugees, and to reflect on their effects on local environments and social circumstances. Students started this year with a study of Le Corbusier’s Cabanon to reflect on minimum housing, plug-in units and construction techniques and costs. Then they went on to explore Japanese joints and constructed one to one models. Following this they analysed case studies by Aalto and Lewerentz to familiarise themselves with local conditions and building techniques. On site they were able to start their case studies and to combine reflections on site


conditions and dynamics with reflections on creative briefs that might encourage integration with existing residents and supplement the poor infrastructural facilities in the neighbourhood (giving and taking). They were encouraged to use a range of different intuitive and analytical techniques for developing their early concepts and volumetrics. In the course of exploring these issues our students visited projects by Alvar Aalto in Helsinki, then travelling to Stockholm by night ferry to explore cabin sizes where we visited Siguard Lewerentz’s woodland cemetery as well as a Sweedish refugee camp in Fagersjö. The site is a real life project for 300 refugees in Täby, Sweden.

“Form must have content and that content must be linked with nature” Alvar Aalto

Unit website

Guests & Contributers: Pekka Heikkinen, Wood Architecture Professor, Aalto University Noora Kassinen, 5th year architecture student, Aalto University Martta Nieminen Michael Sandbloom, Laurent Decuignière, George Psaras, Psaras Construction Harald Trapp, Unit 9 UEL Tobias Boshoff, Architect Enrique Moragas, Architect and Engineer Chiaki Tanaka, Architect Paula Tosas Auguet, Architect Rumi Kubokawa, Architect Lecturer, KTH Architecture School, Sweden


P87  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit E

Students: Y3: Guillermo Cano Fernandez , Irene Furlanetto, Gergana Georgieva, Jordan Harris, Beryl Hussain, Fatma Kavak, Ryan Kyberd , Nuno Lopes, Patrizio Montalto, Elizabeth Olubaju, Mats Rasmussen, Diana Rupinska, Michael Susmani, Hongyu Zhang. Y2: Abu Aiman, Adam Emmerson, Akiko Higuchi, Nazifa Islam Khan, Marianne Kelly, Jamie Osborne, Yasmine Pala, Harry Phillips, Hashea Pinnock.

P88  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit E

The Refugee Experience

We visited The Existing refugee camp called Fagersgo, located just outside Stockhlom. Two separate buildings each one story high were created to house 88 single men, each with their own room which also contained a small bathroom with a toilet and shower facilities.

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P90  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit E

P91  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit E

e.1 Journey through light and shadow, Woodland Cemetery, Sweden, Irene Furlanetto e.2 Japanese Joints Case Study e.3 Momentum, Alvar Aalto Studio, Sweden, Harry Phillips e.4 Final Render, Jamie Osborne



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e.5 Archigram Study, Hornsey House, 1966, Akiko Higuchi e.6 Proposal on-site in Sweden, Nuno Lopes e.7 Proposal Elevation, Nuno Lopes



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e.8 Final Render, Michael Susmani e.9 Inhabited Proposal Elevation, Michael Susmani e.10 Proposal On-site Timber Model, Gergana Georgieva e.11 Final Render, Patrizio Montalto e.12 Final Render, Hongyu Zhang






P95  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit E

P96  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit E

e.13 Proposal Refugee Accommodation Render, Mats Rasumssen e.14 Proposal Section, Mats Rasumssen e.15 Proposal Marketplace Collage, Mats Rasumssen e.16 Elevation Showing Refugees Accommodation & Theatre Space, Ryan Kyberd e.17-18 Collages, Ryan Kyberd e.19 Archigram Investigation, Ryan Kyberd




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MEANWHILE FAIRFIELD Hwei Fan Liang, Christian Groothuizen

The Fairfield Halls arts and entertainment complex is Croydon’s Royal Festival Hall; hosting theatre, concert, exhibition and other kinds of conference and performance, Fairfield Halls has been a main provision of culture and entertainment to London’s most populated borough since the 1960s when it was built on the historic ‘Fair Field’ of Croydon which hosted fairs from the 14th to late 19th Century. Taking as a starting point the temporary closure of Fairfield Halls, we explored questions of temporality and culture in a town that is undergoing extensive redevelopment. In particular we considered how the now absent activities of Fairfield Halls could be relocated and sustained, and how this temporary displacement may be an opportunity to re-define the relationship between culture and town. Some students proposed temporary ‘meanwhile’ venues, whilst others focused on addressing long-standing ‘gaps’ in the provision of cultural spaces, or re-homing existing organisations caught up in the redevelopments. Most of the projects were envisaged as part of a more distributed cultural scene of smaller venues across the town – a new kind of fair field.


We considered how architecture could be both built and performative, working with event and transformation as key elements of a time-based architecture. We speculated on the future of the project sites, and how these might evolve once the Fairfield Halls is re-opened. Some structures are intended to be relatively short-lived, others accommodate changing programmes. Some programmes engage children in the production and processes of music and theatre, to support future participation and audience. Unit G are interested in temporal, material and spatial qualities of architecture – to make proposals that are oriented around inhabitation, narrative and human experience. We are interested in taking a cinematic approach – exploring how film and photography can inform and represent architectural process and spatial concept, and to understand our proposals over time. We are interested in how drawings can be a means to generate and develop design proposals, and to represent these architectural propositions using both digital and analogue techniques to produce hybrid drawings that contain multiple viewpoints and ideas.

Y2: Aaron Williams-Grant, Ahmed Ashour, Aziz Ghbaya, Chester Pang, Cristian Deiana, Elizabeth Olowu, Kiesse Andre, Kurt Arenas, Makinde Otesanya, Margaret Boyo Website:

Visiting Critics: Anthony Powis (University of Westminster), Cécile Solnon and Guillermo Guimera (East), Harald Trapp, Heidi Moxon (Surface to Air), Jayden Ali, Katherine Clarke (muf architecture/art), Marcus Andren (Carmody Groarke), Olga Lucko, Sherief Mohamed, Simon Tucker (Cottrell & Vermeulen) Special thanks to: Vincent Lacovara, Paula Murray, Jennifer Gutteridge and Anisha Jogani (Croydon Council), Alastair McKinlay (Croydon Saffron Central)


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Students: Y3: Bavneet Singh Jagpal, Dhara Bhatt, Fikrat Gasim-Zada, Karwan Hussein, Mert Faizel, Mohammed Chowdhury, Randeep Thandi, Sufyan Khalifa, Surendran Prabaharan, Suthashan Sivalingam

P100  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit G

Previous page: g.1 View of Saffron Central – a meanwhile crocus garden with new Croydon Council offices behind. We began the year by looking for moments and situations of ‘everyday theatre’ in the foyer and circulation spaces of theatres and concert halls. Each student described these moments through a series of drawings and models with the aim of abstracting the essence of an idea into physical form. From there the models evolved into devices that could act as agents in documenting and interpreting new surroundings, often facilitating a performative process of investigation. We visited Rome, collecting further moments of urban and architectural theatre.

g.2 Plan and model of dancers in the mirror space of Royal Festival Hall cloakroom level (Elizabeth Olowu). g.3 Circulation from street level to underground bar - Royal Court Theatre (Bavneet Singh Jagpal). g.4 Viewing the Thames Theatre, g.5 and g.7 Viewpoints of the Thames Theatre from Royal Fesival Hall: audience, riverfront stage and flat (Dhara Bhatt). g.6 Stair incorporating landing views – the Unicorn Theatre (Margaret Boyo). g.8 Views opening up – Royal Festival Hall and Southbank (Dhara Bhatt). g.9 and g.10 The Young Vic as a stage set, and g.11 Exploring stage sets of Rome: P. Navona front of house, P. Trevi framing views towards the stage and S. Maria della Pace parallax and viewpoint (Kiesse Andre). g.12 Day and night tonal views, and g.13 Shadow plan model from below – both Royal Festival Hall, and g.14 Photographic record and device outputs – Spanish Steps (Surendran Prabaharan).














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P102  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit G

Diverse readings of Croydon gave a social and physical context to students’ proposals, with programmes chosen to respond to cultural need and with a consideration of how engagement in arts and culture can influence the longterm vigour of a major town. In response to the riots that destroyed the House of Reeves furniture store, Croydon Building Arts College houses a mixed programme of construction skills for youths and the unemployed, and theatrical set production by local schools. g.15 and g.16 Speculative study recreating the House of Reeves ruins, and g.17 View into set building workshop from new public seating, and view of recreated ruins in front of entrance to college. (Aziz Ghbaya) g.18 Contrasting observations of day and night at the Queen’s Gardens (Sufyan Khalifa).

A meanwhile theatre, associated box office, rehearsal space, and theatrical workshop bring life to two underused spaces –a former printworks and the roof of a multi-storey carpark - adjacent to and overlooking Surrey Street Market. People and productions moving between the parts of the programme add to a local street scene of spectacle and activity. g.19 and g.20 View of market and photographic elevations of building variety. g.21 The four storey former printworks is connected to the multi-storey carpark via a high-level footbridge and a passage through a block of flats. g.22 Theatre structure resting on existing concrete frame. g.23 and g.25 Early models describing the relative levels of the two proposed buildings and the High Street, Surrey Street, footbridge and carpark roof. g.24 View of theatrical workshop from market level. (Kiesse Andre)











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P104  DEGREE Y2&3 Unit G

The Croydon Gallery of Contemporary Art maintains a civic function on the former council offices site, extending and protecting the Queen’s Gardens. Galleries of different sizes display the municipal art collections currently stored in the nearby Town Hall, and host a thriving contemporary art scene. g.26 A forest-like undercroft provides an outdoor sculpture gallery that meets the extended gardens. g.27 Raised buildings and walkways relate to new tree planting. (Surendran Prabaharan) g.28 The Reeves Music Centre forms an end-point to the old town’s Church St, receiving visitors to a small-scale concert hall surrounded by music teaching and practice rooms. g.29 view of foyer space wrapping around concert hall and atrium. (Suthashan Sivalingam) The Poplar Walk Youth Centre and Theatre provides a dedicated space for young people - close to the main shopping streets where they tend to gather, and a theatre above. Varying circulation creates degrees of separation between

the two interwoven programmes. g.30 Analysis of boundaries to existing carpark. g.31 Soft boundaries around proposed games court, viewable from both the youth centre and a new public route from the station. g.32 View of games court and view from North End. (Mohammed Chowdhury) g.36 The East Croydon Public Square is formed by viewing platforms, auxiliary programmes that support the town’s smaller cultural venues. Situated across the road from Croydon’s main station, the proposal connects locals and commuters with the grass-roots cultural scene via a promotional screen and occasional performance filling the square, making use of a window of opportunity in the development phasing for the site. g.33 Timeline showing a recent rise in smaller venues and the previous decline coinciding with the opening of the Fairfield Halls. g.34 Development of square g.35 Early view of walkways from neighbouring forecourt. g.37 Temporary dance rehearsal studio and café to George Street. g.38 Cutaway view of permanent rehearsal studio. g.39 Entering the square from George Street. (Dhara Bhatt)








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UNIT H City Craft

Keita Tajima, Sophie Roycroft

The unit seeks to engages with context particularly in neighborhood scale in relation to the city scale. We are interested in the city’s incomplete condition as a source of imagination, and its urban transformation as a means to develop urban and architectural strategies. This year we are focusing on a relationship between the city and its makers and that between craft and architecture. We are interested in a model of guild in the city, and apply it as a medium to enrich the relationship between the city and the makers in more open and localized form. We have started the year with a series of case study to investigate the craftiness in architecture, and aim to employ ideas of craft to develop a design strategy. We are focusing our urban studies on the district of Bermondsey in southeast London – a district that lies on the periphery of central London. Whilst the area has a long history, it was firmly established as a centre of industry during the medieval times. Today it has a hugely varied urban character: a commercial centre around London bridge, historic markets and market streets, and factories and industry remaining alongside residential areas: remnants of terraced streets, large housing estates, and new mid-rise development. These craft industries are seen as one of the drivers of regeneration in the wider district. We are interested in connecting the strings of ‘under-arch’ craft industry into the wider fabric of the district through urban & built interventions, as a means to establish how these hidden workspaces might interface more


actively with both the immediate and wider urban grain - and with local and more expansive communities. The students have explored the ideas of the historic guilds, and considered how these might be translated to a contemporary setting. They have worked in groups to make an urban study within four areas of Bermondsey, exploring the urban fabric and resident makers in order to inform their own programme around the theme of guild, on the basis of their urban and craft studies.

Visiting Crits: Pierre d’Avoine, Takeshi Hayatsu , Andrew Houlton, Gregory Ross, Rhianon Morgan-Hatch, Punya Sehmi, Colin O’Sullivan, Mo Woonyin Wong, Special thanks to: The Cass studio 2 with Colin O’Sullivan, Rhianon Morgan-Hatch, Andrew Yuen, Rodorigues Associates, Harald Trapp, Michele Roelofsma, Christoph Hadrys


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Students: Year 2 Nelton Bordonhos Barbosa, Angelle Dimech, Luke Fowler, Daniel Kiss, Dalcimaira Nenes Cardoso, Raquel Simoes Da Silva Viera, Year 3 Joanna Adamczyk, Jehoshua Busari, Erica Da Silva Correia, Tom Dale, Neil Dixon, Evgeni Gradev, Stanislava Katonova, Eleftheria Lampropoulou, Nurul Mohd Nazam, Shady Nazir, Christina Nika, Benjamin Rogers, Lauren Ruddick, Jan Sroczynski, Chompunuch Varasit, Haakon Vante

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h.1 View from the stone workshop, Eleftheria Lampropoulou Precedent study : h.2 Stiva da Morts, Gion Caminada. Luke Fowler h.3 Railway sleeper house, Shin Takasuga. Collage, Dalcimaira Nenes Cardoso h.4 Gut Garkau, Hugo Häring . Stripping out sections. Neil Dixon. Urban study : h.5 Mapping along the railway viaduct in Bermondsey to explore the network of carpentry business and urban honey making. Daniel Kiss h.6 Section through viaduct arches to reveal Maltby street daily activities, Nelton Bordonhos Barbosa h.7 Detail obeservation of maker’s space in axonometric, Neil Dixon h.8 Proposed Guild program for robot industry and local makers. Haakon Vante h.9 Productive sharing in the city (Peckham), Neil Dixon h.10 Unit trip in Vienna,


Proposal development : h.11 Proposal for carpenter guild and gathering space re-conditions the open-ness and close-ness of the neighbourhood activity. Luke Fowler h.12 1:200 model for Glass blower’s guild, Nelton B Barbosa h.13 1:10 Fragment model to explore the concrete frame junction. Eleftheria Lampropoulou h.14 Cross section through proposed Baker’s guild. Overhung roof re-articulates the relationship to the activities in existing railway arches. Dalcimaira Nenes h.15 Sketch view to explore the threshold condition between outside and internal activities in the Brewer’s guild. Angelle Dimech h.16 Sketch model to explore the possible removals and additions of Penarth centre, Nurul Mohd Nazamh.17 Proposed section for Robot guild, Haakon Vante h.18 Transformable furniture proposal to address the shortage for local small businesses. Daniel Kiss





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P110  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit H

h.19 Internal view of ground floor where robots operate autonomously, Haakon Vante h.20 Internal view of Glass blower’s workshop. Nelton Bordonhos Barbosa h.21 Proposed maker’s hub at Penarth centre in relation to neighbouring makers. h.22 Phasing diagram for removal and additions to existing Penarth centre, Nurul Mohd Nazam h.23 Section through proposed guild for metal crafts reconfigures the external landscape in relation to the existing railway arches while the rest of space remain flexible. h.24 External view demonstrates traces of removal/addition as well as old/new. Nurul Mohd Nazam h.25 internal view of studio space. Nurul Mohd Nazam h.26 Internal and external landscape of Stone maker’s guild seeks the integration between stone mason’s yard, public space and the nature within bleak landscape of South Bermondsey. Eleftheria Lampropoulou h.10





h.17 h.15


P111  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit H h.17 Perspective Section The Rising Form & Depth of Space Scale 1:50





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h.26 P113  DEGREE Y2&3  Unit H

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)


Open Island Christoph Hadrys, Uwe Schmidt-Hess

MArch Unit 2 addresses urban and architectural conditions in locations undergoing critical change and over the years, has worked in North Africa, Scandinavia, East London and other places in Europe. Through a combination of research and creative practice, we propose interventions, which respond to urban challenges and introduce elements of cultural and imaginative vigour. The Unit explores extremes of interrelated scales, from urban geographies through to building and detail qualities. In this process, strategies formulate responsiveness to global contexts, site conditions, understanding of scales, architectural sensibilities, as well as structural and material realities. We aim to create social, spatial and time-based habitats and environments. This academic year our design investigations and projects focused on the Isle of Dogs in East London. The guiding theme of this year was Open Island. Island refers here to two conditions: firstly, the geographic form of the Isle of Dogs within the River Thames and secondly, it’s insular but also diverse developments. We engaged in these conditions with architectural designs that openly addressed social and spatial contexts. We explored ways in which sharing and living together can be part of a unique and synergetic urban life.

Each student chose a strategic location for a responsive and imaginative proposal. Within this process, students explored ways in which public spaces and architecture can be part of a more sustainable and enjoyable city.

“In spatial terms, this entrepreneurial mode of urban development manifests itself in an ‘insular urbanism’: locations of interest to investors are planned out down to the smallest detail as enclave-style projects, while the territories lying between them disappear altogether from the public’s consciousness. ...but that the fallow zones generated by such development make possible a new freedom for alternative forms.” Urban Catalysts, Situative Urbanism


Y4: Ahmed Ahmed, Faddah Alaskar, Gunes Bagdali, Wagner Carvalho, Lisa Ha, Helen Inyang, Dionysis (Dennis) Karamitsios, Boon Wei Phum, Filippos Tympas

Visiting Crits: Kevin Widger, Koldo Sojo, Matthew Rust, Carlo Cappai, Alan Chandler, Harald Trapp and Maija Viksne Website:

MA AU Urban Design: Navya Teja Alla


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Students: Y5: Fatih Akbudak, Dhiren Appadoo, Vaida Drungilaite, Thomas Dunning, Farshad (Arash) Farhadi, Carl Gbeddy, Chris Phaidon Georgiades, Alvin Hung, Alina (Ally) Kaziunaite, Mengly Khuth, Samuel King, Caroline Leadon, Panagiotis (Panos) Papanikolaou, Anita Tulaite

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2.1 On the previous page, map of the Isle of Dogs in East London, showing different student interventions and open space strategies 2.2 and 2.3 Proposed co-working space, hotel, culture and community building, by Farshad (Arrash) Farhadi 2.4 Prposed Kinder Tower in Canary Wharf, by Samuel King 2.5 Proposed Community Land Trust residential circular towers and public facilities, by Carl Gbeddy




2.5 P119  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 2

P120  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 2

2.6 Initial case study ‘Patterns of Navigation’ from Katsura Palace in Kyoto Japan, by Mengly Khuth 2.7 Design perspective, showing a new civic centre and urban developments from Mudchute city farm, by Mengly 2.8 New Library and urban edge condition, by Mengly 2.9 to 2.12 New public spaces, community centre and greenhouses on Millwall Dock, by Boon Wei Phum





2.10 2.11

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2.13 Plan of new public space, library, community spaces and residential development on the south side of the Isle of Dogs, by Panagiotis (Panos) Papanikolaou 2.14 Proposal perspective from the river Thames, by Panos 2.15 to 2.17 Internal library tower, by Panos




2.16 2.17

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2.18 and 2.19 Proposed plan and elevation drawing for a new Thames pedestrian bridge and the improvement of a Council Estate on the east of the Isle of Dogs, with new public spaces and facilities, by Phaidon Georgiades 2.20 to 2.22 Design perspectives showing the new community centre, library and view from the Thames, by Phaidon. The building bridges externally and internally spaces and communities.






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Mereological Tectonics: Wall of Parts Daniel Koehler, Rasa Navasaityte

Digital models, like BIM, describe, plan and share buildings via logistic protocols and statistical means. In the realm of digital logistics, buildings are here no longer singularly crafted enclosures, but represented as sets, consisting of reproducible products and their configuration. These new planning methods strengthen the role of the building part. Architectural form turns into an aggregational stasis of intervals between part-to-wholes, part-to-parts, and wholeto-wholes. Comparable to the useful terminology of topology or morphology, the Unit uses here the term mereology. Translated from mathematics and formal logics into architecture, mereology should be seen here as a collection of strategies dealing with part-towhole relations in architecture. Succeeding the curtain wall, the facade today is composed with just one element: the window and its repetition. The mass of windows emphasizes rhythm via the resonance of its parts. In a curtain wall the mass of windows produces the effect of a grid. However, such a grid is not an object in the first place, it is the result of the assembly of windows. The quantity of windows absorbs the facade as a whole to a condition of the part. The possibility of assembly, in modern sense typically the array, is contained within the single window. The idea that the facade, through the method of assembly, is already inherent in the design of the window itself must have crucial consequences for the composition of walls.


This notion of a whole as part for the part as whole, will be our entry point to design a “wall” contributing to the city. The re-assembly of the façade will allow us to reoccupy that what we have lost in architecture: space. Re-articulating flat assemblies towards porous space can extend the possibilities of the leftovers behind the curtains: in our case stacked mass housing ensembles. Strangely, most mass housing projects fail not because of the quality of the apartment’s arrangements, but by the lack of open space and shared facilities. As case study of mass housing, we will deal particularly with the “Grand Ensembles” in Paris. The grands ensembles, public housing projects in Paris and its suburbs, were built after World War II to accommodate an increasing population of rural migrants and immigrants. Today, those massive concrete landscapes seem to be impossibly huge and virtually abandoned. These deteriorating buildings we will take as a starting point for a reactivating intervention. The re-imagination of lively neighbourhoods goes here hand in hand with the technical upgrading of such building structures to selfsustainable environments. Therefore, as an ecological design we seek for a city that turns into an architectural composition of humans and inhumans parts equally.

Visiting Crits: Philippe Morel, Sebastian Klein, Stratis Georgiou, Ana Abram, Israel Hurtado, Christoph Hadry, Harald Trapp, M. Casey Rehm


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Students: Y5: Afiqah Abdul Aziz, Atrash Adnan, Claire Annang, Reuben Robotham Y4: Nur Bahirah Abdul Rahman, Venkata Damireddy, Nadzirah Hanis Fairuz, Anees Imtiaz, Mustak Miah, Gideon Seglah, Anastasis Troullides, Billy Webb, Anca-Elena Zahan, Liang Liang He, Amber Benjamin, Kirk Slanka

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4.1 Maine Montparnasse Apartment Block, present condition, drawing bz Amber Benjamin. 4.2 Twelve building parts, breaking the regularity of the existing slab using an element of Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute. 4.3 Eight model studies. The key aspect of the design development is to break the regularity of the original form to create flexible and ambiguous units turning into apartments, cafes, and restaurants, shared office spaces, retail shops or other types of communal areas. 4.4 Section through the rearticulated Maine Montparnasse Apartment Block. 4.5 Floor plan level 8. 4.6 Floor plan level 10, project by Nur Bahirah Abdul Rahman.



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4.7 Variation on the massing, increasing the programmatic porosity throughout the stack. 4.8 North-East Elevation. 4.9 Conceptual diagram, shifting the ratio of the type of apartments. 4.10 Abstract pixel cluster. 4.11 Same spatial collection introduced to developed element. 4.12 Axonometric elaboration of the constructive elements. 4.13 Section of three core tower. 4.14 Close-up, figurative frame. 4.15 A group of clusters, core 3-6, level 7-11, shown without the existing. 4.16 Alphabet of elements, project by Kirk Slankard.








4.15 4.14


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4.17 Interior view of the inner courtyard. The atrium intervention connects existing apartments to shareable spaces and allows the users to have a sense of separation from their living spaces to their social/work spaces but still having their connection to their homes. 4.18 Axonometric floor plans of one exemplary vertical courtyard. 4.19 Multiple Profiles Interlocking Creating a Node as a Design Tool. 4.20 Sectional Perspective, showing the Multi-Level Atrium. 4.21 Interior view. 4.22 Nodes, spanning Between Each other Creating a Figurative Frame, project by Anastasis Troullides.







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Future Heritage Carlo Cappai, Maria Alessandra Segantini

The studio explores the notion of heritage within the context of the Venice lagoon, through the design of a new naval museum for the city of Venice on the site of the Bacini di Carenaggio in the Venice Arsenale. The Venetian Bacini di Carenaggio can be considered the last residual element of continuity we inherit from the glorious past of the Venetian tradition of boat construction and maintenance which happened to take place in the Venice Arsenale, which and which some recent Venetian policies put in risk of closure. At the same time, the Museo Navale, which presently occupies a Palazzo on the Riva degli Schiavoni, is in need of renovation. The design hypothesis of a new museum in the Bacini needs to happen while preserving the working activities of boat maintenance. This idea becomes an opportunity to transform and expand the city’s public and cultural life towards the edges, at the same time aiming to preserve and protect the knowledge and skills of boat related activities, potentially generating significant synergies between the two systems. The aim of the studio is as well to investigate strategies of physical interventions to critically generate a new spatial condition in a context of extraordinary heritage value, the Venice Arsenale, confronting with the fragile environment of the Venice Lagoon in terms of urban, historical, environmental and social aspects. A continuous and vital transformation of the context is for us its identity. Architects mould the future heritage and this is a fundamental responsibility of their work.


A trip to Venice was part of the studio experience. Students have benefited from close exposure to the topics at play through direct experience of the landscape of the Venetian lagoon, visit of the site and the Arsenale, visit of the Venice Architecture Biennale, direct visits to artisans laboratories (carpenters, smiths, boat builders, etc...) who are still taking care of the city and the lagoon. We understand the design process as a multilayered discourse consisting of physical modelmaking, bespoke drawing techniques and reference to theory, in order to communicate readings of contextual qualities of urban/architectural conditions. The idea of ‘junction’ was explored this year as means to reconcile local and trans-local scales and to test strategic design interventions with the aim to unlock new opportunities by speculating on new forms of connective architectural typologies.

Visiting Crits: Mauro Bono (Pell Frishmann) Michael Pelkam Alex Scott-Whitby

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Students: Ali Kaptan, Amarasinghe Jinesh, Asaid Sahand, Bin Johar Mohamad Azlan, Cano Larios Fernando Jose, Cetinkaya Yaprak, Charalambous Savvas, David Gogo, Erfantalab Evini Sara, Eve Michael, Jolly Matthew, Karpazli Gulsen, Kudatelge Peiris Tharindu, Mohd Amin Muhammad Hatim, Olak Pawel, Park Robert, Sarfo-Duah Jehoshaphat, Simon Jamie, Tan Siok Yee, Zahid Moiz

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Zahid Moiz: 5.1 The structures of the arches. 5.2 Plan of the dry doc. 5.3 The interior garden. 5.4 External view from the lagoon. 5.5 View from the main square. 5.6 Birds eye view. 5.7 Sections of the building and exploded axonometric. 5.8 Internal view.









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Ali Kaptan: 5.9 Exploded axonometric. 5.10 Section. 5.11 Section.




Tan Siok Yee: 5.12 Ramps and structures. 5.13 Ground floor view of P139  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 5

the museum.

Kudatelge Peiris Tharindu: 5.14 External view.




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Asaid Sahand: 5.15 Cross sections of the main building. 5.16 Cross sections of the main building. 5.17 Exploded axonometric. 5.18 External view.





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Block 21 - Discrete (X)L Gilles Retsin, Isaie Bloch

In current architectural formations and construction standards, we can assume that the majority of building elements are prefabricated in discrete elements; these elements are subsequently cut and sliced to fit a specific form. The elements themselves do not impose a specific constraint or design agency; and give rise to arbitrarily assembled, generic buildings. Continuous fabrication processes on the other hand have intrinsic problems with fundamental issues such as speed, structural performance, multi-materiality, tectonics and reversibility. Unit 6 will focus on discrete or “digital” fabrication processes, which are based on a small number of different parts connecting with only a limited number of connections possibilities. The design possibility, or the way how elements can combine and aggregate is defined by the geometry of the element itself - which leads to a “tool-less” assembly. The geometry of the parts being assembled provides the dimensional constraints required to precisely achieve complex forms. This relationship of part to whole and the relations of part to part within a whole is referred to as “mereology”. Given the framework of discrete fabrication, where the geometry and definition of a part generates the whole, mereology becomes an important concept to progress the idea of heterogeneous digital assemblages. We are looking into large scale elements which in themselves consist of other elements exploring spatial and structural opportunities.


Conceptually, the unit will start speculating on these new Discrete Spatial Assemblages in order to produce heterogeneity and differentiation through serial repetition of pre-fabricated, non-customised elements. These elements will be found yet abstract and scale-less objects. We started looking for those objects in sculptural disciplines. Examples could be found in classical 20th century sculpture (Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, naum gabo, El Lissitzky). Those initial precedent studies will be put together through large scale model making and via digital tooling. At the same time, there will be a specific focus on site and landscape, we are interested in ideas like the pedestal, square, landscape, plateau so to put more focus on the contextual relationships an object could have to its environment. The context in which students launched their design developments is located in postsocialist Block 21, Belgrade, Serbia. The country is populated with a vast history of modernist “discrete” architecture and modernist masterplanning. We are interested in mixed used programs with social agency interacting with the predominantly housing schemes or housing blocks. We understand the design process as a multi-layered discourse consisting of physical modelmaking, bespoke drawing techniques and reference to theory, in order to communicate readings of contextual qualities of urban/architectural conditions.

Visiting Crits: Harald Trapp, Jakub Klaska, Mark Lemanski, Carl Callaghan, Maria Segantini, Tony Fretton, Rasa Navasaityte, Daniel Koehler

Y4: Saina Motahari, Rohaine Dailey, Rachelle Ann Salazar, Filip Wojtasik, Dimitar Dimitrov, Michael On, Kyri Loizou, Farhia Mohamed, Stephanie Intsiful, Garvan Joseet


P143  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 6

Students: Y5: Shashi Abayasekera, Afi Abdul Malek, Pelin Ayca, Takuma Kiyama, Zi Xin Lim, Quadrin Uthman, Mostafavi Gholam, Agata Korsak

P144  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 6

6.1 First Term workshop outcome. Abstract spatial aggregation, exploring aggregation strategy and spatial qualities while working on methods of representation. Zi Xin Lim 6.2 Spatial aggregation in relation to a non-discrete plateau. Saina Motahari. 6.3 Spatial study model, exploring heterogeneity trough assemblage. Saina Motahari 6.4 Block 21 master-plan proposal by Kyri Loisou. This proposal positions itself as a more formal monument in the center of Block 21, so to create a centralized point of gathering rather then redeveloping the whole tissue of the site. 6.5 Considering that Block 21 could only work if the density of surrounding buildings would increase dramatically as to dissolve the existing Mega-blocks. Zi Xin Lim suggests that her own proposal would function as a micro city within itself. Subsequently designing 3 proposals in one.


6.6 Discrete Assemblage introducing pieces from 3 different scales. This approach allows a higher form of differentiation to occur both programmatically, structurally as aesthetically. Hassan Mostafavi Gholam. 6.7 6.8 Based on an existing aggregation strategy called Polyomino. Quadri Uthman proposes to create differentiation within the piece itself, on top of the geometrical differentiation of parts. While based on a regular grid system as the buildings in the back. The proposal manages gracefully to produce a high level of differentiation and material variation.




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P146  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 6

6.9 6.10 Shashi Abayasekera `s library of elements. These discrete pieces The shifted grid of the proposal in combination with its Tetris-like volumes were formed after studying Barbara Hepworths Display Modern I series. 6.11 successfully generate a heterogeneous space. This in large contrast with the Long section over a small scale mixed use cultural building. This proposal homogeneous mega-mass at the back. Saina Motahari positions itself as a more formal monument in the center of Block 21, so to create a centralized point of gathering rather then redeveloping the whole tissue of the site. Kyri Loisou. 6.12 Long section, cutting through the connection point where horizontal and vertical faceted discrete elements meet in the proposal. Creating irregular sectional conditions. Michael On 6.13 Rohaine Dailey proposes a family of pieces which relate to each other in their fabrication method. The pieces in the floor are concrete casts from the ceiling pieces build from Glulam. 6.14 Exterior perspective overlooking a series of horeca spaces and the existing housing scheme on site.




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P148  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 6

6.15 Exterior perspective overlooking Takuma Kiyama `s proposal for a cultural center (including a theater, art gallery, nursery, library and office spaces) on the edge of Block 21. This project proposes a series of interventions spread out over New Belgrade, in order to reconnect the multiple blocks which are separated by vast motorways. A family of 6 large Discrete Elements aggregate together in order to produce continuous open space relating to the public role of the proposal, while a set of enclosed spaces formed by the interior quality of the pieces host the more private programs in the building 6.16 Entrance condition of the theater and museum, facing the largest modernist housing complex in Europe. The new Elevated ground floor bridging over the motorway, allows public activities to occur both on the existing urban tissue as well as in the porous proposal.

6.17 Interior perspective looking trough the porous mass of the gallery space. The discrete Elements allow simultaneously horizontal circulation as vast vertical atrium conditions. Allowing natural light to penetrate trough the vast mass of the proposal.





P149  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 6


Συνεργείο (Synergeío)Cooperative Fabrication in Athens Harald Trapp, Robert Thum, Brian Hoy

Capitalist economy derives from, is formed by and forms cities. And crisis – as Marx had discovered – is immanent to capitalism. The crisis of the capitalist city endangers the political system, social cohesion and finally its economical basis. The collapse of debt-driven development and the following politics of austerity have had a dramatic impact on the life especially in Southern European cities: social deprivation, poverty, political instability, severe cuts in the welfare-state-budgets and a widespread feeling of despair have eroded much of their social foundation. The city of Athens has become the epitome of this crisis. The English word crisis stems from the Greek krisis, which means “turning point in a disease”, and actually (as still applied in the medical context) already contains a future of improvement. Contrary to the mainstream pessimism within the discipline, architecture is a crucial agent in counteracting the problems and pathologies of the city and can even assist a positive development beyond city-marketing. It plays a decisive part in transforming a political or social initiative into built objects as part of the city; design and spatial organisation, circulation and connection to the context are of central importance. As these architectural interventions have the power to become objective symbols and focal points for new communities, they cannot be reduced to mere elements of the civic infrastructure. Representation is as important as organisation and the production of space by local activities. In distinction to the


concentrated, centralized and top-down efforts of the last century, new initiatives and their buildings are local and should be organised in the form of cooperatives, in partnership between city-councils, local economy and residents. In Kerameikos, Athens, the demands of the citizens are less cultural or recreational, but immediately physical: health, food, clothing. This includes the need for work and the need for things, for places of fabrication and repair within a return to barter-trade and small-scale-production.

Visiting Crits: Tony Fretton, Tony Fretton Architects; Rosa Rogina, London Festival of Architecture; George Soiza, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, David Adjei, Cognition; Christian Groothuizen, UEL, Keita Tajima, UEL; Natassa Karandinou, UEL

Y5: Asare Daniella , Mahmood Jamal, Mahmood Farid, Meydan Remziye, Mohd Nooruldeen Aisyah Madihah, Mokree Tahban, Norhaidi Nor Amirah Syamimi

Special thanks to: Vassilis Haralambidis R omantso, Athens; Anna Minton, UEL; Alan Chandler, UEL, Natassa Karandinou, UEL



P151  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9

Students: Y4: Bahreyni Toossi Caveh, Castro Paredes Leonardo Vladimir, Chatzikostas Marios , Gibre Daniel, Lim Hoi Yee Lamin Amin, Manandhar Rajib, Osman Yusra, Paine Olivia, Senczuk Joanna, Tan Kai Xin, Stennett Troy, Yildiz Simay

P152  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9

Previous page 9.0 p[RE]-fabricating athens, re-construction training workshop, Kai Xin Tan Market and Cooking School in Kerameikos, Remziye Meydan 9.1 Kit of Parts with integrated mechanical ventilation and air extract 9.2 view of one teaching kitchen unit 9.3 main atrium with visual connection to the teaching kitchen units 9.4 section through market floor and teaching kitchen units


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P154  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9

Keramikos Bike Hub, Caveh Bahreyni Toosi; The proposal for a community centre based on the theme of cycling and bicycle, Keramikos area, Athens, Greece: 9.5 Exploded axonometric view of the proposed structure. Gazi Fashion and Textiles School, Tahban Mokree 9.6 View through the cafe on the ground floor looking into the main hallway space.



P155  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9

Proposal for a furniture workshop and local community hub in Keramikos area in Athens, Greece, Joanna Senczuk 9.7 Restaurant level p[RE]-fabricating athens, re-construction training workshop, Kai Xin Tan 9.8 axonometric of brick facade system 9.9 Street view.

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Demosion Sema Centre, Leonardo Castro Paredes; “Architecture Defeating Crisis”, the proposed furniture workshop provides and works with new technologies as well as traditional techniques. The intention is to provide the local people of Karameikos with new opportunities that will benefit them in order to find a job and improve their quality of life. 9.10 Proposed Ground Floor Plan, workshop production spaces. 9.11 View of the main workshop studio 9.12 Street view. 9.13 Section through workshop main building.

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P157  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9

Wooden pergola fixed to flooring with steel plates

Stainless steel screen wire mesh

Exposed polished concrete finishing Waterproof membrane Expanded Polystyrene Insulation In situ concrete salab

Perforated steel acoustic panel system

Steel profile to hold wire mesh panels

40mm Polycarbonate panel Steel profile to hold wire mesh panels

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Polished concrete finishing In situ concrete slab

Precast concrete arches

Rebar loops fixed to slab Arch reinforcement

Stainless steel screen wire mesh

Perforated steel acoustic panel system

Aluminum clamp framing plate at perimeter

40mm Polycarbonate panel


Floor Exposed polished concrete finishing Metal gutter and Drain

In situ concrete slab

Stone flashing

Reinforced concrete column

Retaining wall

Floor Exposed polished concrete finishing

Perforated Drainage

Expanded Polystyrene Insulation

Base with reinforcement for load bearing retaining wall

Waterproof membrane Compacted gravel

Pailed raft foundation




P158  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9

Wall Space, Olivia Paine; The Project develops a system of textile workshops and fashion studios within the struggling quarters of Kerameikos, working with its community to define spaces which can grow and adapt alongside it. Beginning life as a single structural wall which winds, as a spinal cord, through the heart of the site, Wall Space begins to define public and protected zones. The intervention reinterprets space into community place, providing a permanent feature with tangible neighbourhood offerings. Public toilets and a soup kitchen give the design a practical influence, aiming to incorporate and encourage struggling members of the community to inhabit the site 9.14 Exterior view of the completed development 9.15 9.17 Different stages of the project’s development





P159  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 9


Housing Relationships Mark Lemanski, Alan Chandler, Katherine Clarke

Unit 10 focuses on the intersection of the lived and the built space, which is approached simultaneously at small and large scales: the scale of human interaction and the scale of political decision making. It draws on different disciplines in its engagement with the real life factors that shape our environment. This year’s Housing Relationships (with the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation) follows A Housing Estate named after Florence Nightingale (2014/15, Housing Estate Regeneration with Hackney Council) and Toward New Spitalfields (2015/16, Co-housing at Thamesmead with Naked House and Peabody). Our masterplan for a small pocket of the OPDC area is based on a collage of different housing examplars and the communities they have generated elsewhere, from Walters Way to ‘The Collective Old Oak’. Housing models are re-evaluated against today’s challenges, such as the London Housing Crisis. This is a museum of housing without museumification of the exhibits, asking questions about what is of ‘value’, what is kept and what is adapted/removed. A detailed building design set within this fictitious neighbourhood considers how adaptability of material and construction relate to degrees of communality and ownership.


The studio work is complemented by a series of seminars exploring underlying issues, such as civic cohesion and identity in the context of regeneration, and our role in architecture understood as a facilitating discipline.

Y5: Mary Adetayo, Preksha Chhasatiyap, Lauretta Doku, Aimilia Fragkedaki, Sagal Muhumed, Aaron Nibbs, Maria Theodorou, Miyuki Yamauchi

Visiting Critics: Peter Farnham and Kevin Twomey/OPDC Planning, Martin Kidd and James Craddock/Segro, Tom Alexander/AukettSwanke, Bridget Snaith, Liza Fior/muf, Michela Pace, Axel Feldman/Objectif, Chris Stobbart/ engineersHRW Website:

MA: Zaid Lebzo, Urška Škerl


P161  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 10

Students: Y4: Camille Boullé, Beth Carter, Yousef Bouzid, Max Davie, Mary Folorunso, Athena Hylton-Thompson, Viraj Patel, Talha Siddiqui

P162  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 10

The masterplan design is approached through a collage of diverse London housing typologies. 10.2 An exercise is conducted in preparation for on-site observations of the social spaces these housing exemplars have created. 10.3 Scale models of the exemplars are built to test possible juxtapositions and constellations in a design workshop. 10.4 Each student develops a preferred constellation as a start to their site work. The spatial collage is balanced by the analysis and design of social spaces, which is progressed through 10.5 + 10.9 storyboarding, Mary Adetayo 10.6 design workshops on interfaces, Urška Škerl 10.7 participatory desing strategies with prospective clients, Lauretta Doku 10.8 sketch models, Mary Adetayo.




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P163  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 10

P164  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 10

Context was interpreted in different ways. Some students responded primarily to London’s housing crisis, or to the contrast of the proposed high density OPDC development with the adjacent low rise Garden City, others to the industrial uses currently occupying the site. 10.10 - 10.13 In this proposal, industrial uses are retained and complemented with communal programmes and housing. A variety of flat layouts are developed to accommodate a variety of tenures. Urška Škerl 10.1, 10.14-10.18 This proposal develops a symbiotic model of student and senior housing in response to the future challenge of an aging population, with minimal duplex student departments and single story senior flats in an interlocking arrangement encouraging social interaction. Max Davie




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P166  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 10

10.19 Tapering buildings maximise sunlight onto a central waterstream, which acts as sustainable urban drainage and creates a link with the adjacent Wormwood Scrubs. Camille Boullé 10.20 - 10.22 Research into construction and household recycling generates both a building proposal and social and economic programmes. Beth Carter 10.23 The adjacent railway viaduct is transformed from a barrier to movement into an amentity shared with the wider neighbourhood. The building proposal responds through both its ground floor uses and a wintergarden layer facing the railway. Aimilia Fragkedaki 10.24-10.26 The meeting of connections into local neighbourhoods and immediate adjacencies especially with Wormwood Scrubs are addressed in this proposal, which creates a new entrance to a proposed mixed-use neighbourhood. Preksha Chhasatiyap





P167  MARCH Y4&5  Unit 10 10.23 view of the development




BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology YEAR 1,2 & 3

Dr Heba Elsharkawy, Programme Leader


BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (ADT) programme has gone through some exciting developments this academic year. Firstly, the programme has been accredited for 5 years by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the main qualifying body for architectural technologists. This means that all our ADT graduates qualify for associate status to the CIAT upon graduation, before they gain work experience to qualify for full CIAT membership status. Secondly, the programme also achieved accreditation by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) as the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings. We have been very keen on developing the subject specific knowledge and employability skills to support our students who aspire for a rewarding career in this field. The students have had an all round experience from working on their design projects in studio, and in the digital fabrication lab, to field trips to major developments under construction in London, to visits to renown architectural practices such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Cullinan Studio, to working on site on a real construction project in the Constructionarium trip, as well as learning specialist environmental software (Design Builder) and using monitoring equipment in their research and design projects. Heba Elsharkawy (BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA)

A+D Technology Environmental design of buildings

Dr. Heba Elsharkawy, Mr. Alfonso Senatore

In Year 1 ADT, we worked on 2 design projects following an architectural design foundation phase. We worked on designing a personal space to live and work in, a ‘Life-Work Pod’ on a site of our choice. The project aimed to develop our technical understanding of the pod structure, building materials, processes and technical details. We then moved on to our second design project ‘UEL staff residence’ designed as a semi detached house for two families. The site was situated on our UEL Docklands campus, overlooking the Royal Docks. We also went on a fiield trip to Venice to observe and understand the design and construction technology of different building typologies such as Scarpa’s Querini Stampalia Foundation, Santa Maria Qioriosa dei Frairi, Basilica St. Marco, and Fondomenta de terranova, Murano. In Year 2 ADT, we worked closely with the North Woolwich community to redesign the Royal Docks Learning and Community Centre (RDLAC). We undertook ite surveys and interviewed the building users and management staff to understand how the building is used, issues with the existing building and facilities needed. Within our technical design proposals, we tackled key strategic questions; What could be the most effective building form and fabric for the chosen site (environmentally and economically)? What are the priorities for building users’ health and wellbeing? We also had a challenging hands-on experience at the Constructionarium, in Norfolk, where we spent 5 days constructing a scaled down version of the Ravenspurn


Oil Platform which consists of a concrete caisson with a steel scaffold superstructure and plywood platform. As for Year 3, we had a very busy year working on an interdisciplinary design project with Constrcution Managers and CivillEngineers to design the Southend Pier in term 1, whilst in term 2 we worked with MArch students to design ‘Συνεργείο (Synergeío)’ the productive city in Athens. Within the project complex, we developed a canopy using the parametric design approach. We also had the opportunity to learn Design Builder software and used monitoring equipment such as thermal imaging camera and data loggers in our research projects. The final year projects helped us become more competent with design development processes including the analysis and interpretation of the project site and developing project-specific research methodologies. All ADTs visited Foster and Partners Office, Zaha Hadid Architects Office, and Cullinan Studio this year. We had the opportunity to meet lead architects at those renown practices and we visited their exciting studios where we learned about a few of their major design projects.

Y2: Ola Aileru, Ardeshir Boloki, Adelino Fernandes Batista, Aleek Hussain, Ramone Jheeta, Ahmet Kilinc, Habib Sahel, Farooq Sheikh, Ahamed Reyasul Hassan, Y3: Giulio Ferragut, Gergo Vandor

Special thanks to: Ipek Kuzu, Dr. Haitham Farouk, Muhamed Umar, Dr. Sahar Zahiri, and Bertug Ozarisoy. P171 DEGREE ADT

Students: Y1: Farahat Ahmed, James Banda, Tessa Barraclough, Mandy-Liza Lehnert, Rashed Mirza, Mazin Mohamed, Constantin Olariu, Rimants Reiniks, Dean Rose, Jozsef Seregely, Jawad Serroukh, Ainsley Walters


Year 1 Life - Work project: adt.01 Ground floor plan of Tring project based on a modern cottage design concept, Tessa Barraclough. adt.02 3D model of Tring project showing the winter garden and green roof, Tessa Barraclough. adt.03, adt.04 Tring project section and side elevation. adt.05 Sun path study of Tring project, Tessa Barraclough. adt.06 3D wall detail, Tessa Barraclough. adt.07 3D model of Life - Work project, Jawad Serroukh adt.08, adt.10, adt.12 Life-Work project in California, 3D model, elevation and inhabited section, Jawad Serroukh. adt.09 Wall section, UEL Staff Residence, Tessa Barraclough. adt.11 3D technical detail of timber clad on CLT, Ainsley Walters.















adt.13 Life work project in Jamaica 3D model, Ainsley Walters. adt.14, adt.15, adt.16 UEl staff residence project ground floor plan, elevations and sections, Ainsley Walters. adt.17 3D model of UEL staff residence project, Constantin Olariu. adt.18 Laser cut, plywood model, Ainsley Walters. adt.19 UEL Dockland campus site analysis, Dean Rose. adt.20 3D model of Life-Work project, Dean Rose. adt.21, adt.22, adt.25 UEL staff residence project floor plans, and sections, Dean Rose. adt.23 Shade and shadow study of Life-Work project, Dean Rose. adt.24 3D model of UEL staff residence project photoshop, Mandy-Liza Lehnert.







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Trips, workshops and activities: adt.26 Drawing and documenting observations while on the study trip to Venice. adt.27 Model making in ADT studio. adt.28 Visiting Zaha Hadid Architects offices and galleries. adt.29 Visiting Foster and Partners Offices. adt.30 &adt.31 Fabric form work for concrete structures workshop with Alan Chandler. Year 2 Live project: Redesigning the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre in North Woolwich adt.32 3D model of RDLAC design project, Adelino Batista. adt.33 Solar path study for preliminary design proposal, Adelino Batista. adt.34 RDLAC project East elevation revealing sports hall structure and vertical louvers. adt.35 Working drawing of ground floor, Adelino Batista.







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Sports Hall Level +10000






Felt With Bitumen 18mm Plywood Board Waterproof Membrane 100mm Insulation Steel Corrugated Sheet

G Parapet Level +7650


Parapet Level +7650

Roof Level +7200

20mm Stofix Brick Panel ( Lightweight Curtain Wall Structure Waterproof Membrane Cladding Rail 150 Insulation 100mm Thermalite Block 10mm Plaster Finish










Roof Level +7200

1500 2000

First Floor Level +3700


1500 2000





First Floor Level +3700




Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0


Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0

Steel Corrugated Sheet Railing System 150mm Insulation Steel Corrugated Sheet








Floor Finish (tiles) 70mm Screed Waterproof Membrane 100mm Insulation 150mm Hardcore


Roof Level +7730

Sports Hall Level +10000


Parapet Level +7650






20mm Stofix Brick Panel ( Lightweight Curtain Wall Structure) Waterproof Membrane Cladding Rail 150 Insulation 100mm Thermalite Block 10mm Plaster Finish First Floor Level +3700






Roof Level +7200



20mm Timber cladding Waterproof Membrane 50mm Cavity 150mm Insulation 100mm Timber Stud 15mm Plaster Board 10mm Plaster Finish








Ground Floor Level+250 Floor Level+0


Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0

Floor Finish (tiles) 70mm Screed Waterproof Membrane 100mm Insulation 150mm Hardcore

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Steel Corrugated Sheet Railing System 150mm Insulation Steel Corrugated Sheet



13 Roof Level +9906

20mm Stofix Brick Panel ( Lightweight Curtain Wall Structure Waterproof Membrane Cladding Rail 150 Insulation 100mm Thermalite Block 10mm Plaster Finish


Elevation Line +7480



870 1040

Sports Hall Level +10000



First Floor Level +3700



Roof Level +7200






Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0

First Floor Level +3700





Floor Finish (tiles) 70mm Screed Waterproof Membrane 100mm Insulation 150mm Hardcore




4 360


Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0


Parapet Level +7650


Roof Level +7730



Parapet Level +7650 Roof Level +7200
















20mm Timber cladding Waterproof Membrane 50mm Cavity 150mm Insulation 100mm Timber Stud 15mm Plaster Board 10mm Plaster Finish


Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0

Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0














1 Sports Hall Level +10000

3 650 2280 5150


Roof Level +7200

3 6

4 5


750 1730


750 Ground Floor Level +250 Floor Level+0


First Floor Level +3700





Parapet Level +7650


Height of Sports Hall +7372




Sports Hall Level +10000



Year 2 Live project: Redesigning the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre in North Woolwich; adt.36 Working drawings of RDLAC project, sections, Aleek Hussein. adt.37 Working drawings of RDLAC project, elevation, Aleek Hussein. adt.38 3D model of RDLAC design, Aleek Hussein. adt.39 Technical detail of parapet, Ahmet Kilinc. adt.40 Wall detail of Kingspan TEK building system used in project, Ahamed Hassan. adt.41 RDLAC design project floor plan demonstrating facilities proposed for the centre, Ahamed Hassan.

Ground Floor Level+250 Floor Level+0



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Year 2 Live project: Redesigning the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre in North Woolwichadt.42 Working drawing of ground floor plan, Ahmet Kilinc. adt.43 Technical detail of wall and foundation, Ahamed Hassan. adt.44 CTechnical detail of wall and parapet, Aleek Hussein. adt.46 & adt.51 Visiting Zaha Hadid Architects office and gallery. adt.47 Stakeholders’ consultation at Royal Dock Learning and Activity Centre. adt.48 Constructionarium residential site visit and project. adt.49 Project reviews and discussions at Knowledge Dock. adt.50 Study visit to Ecobuild 2017, Excel, London to learn about new products and materials to integrate in the design project.




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Year 3 Athens, the productive city design project, Giulio Ferragut: adt.52 & adt.53 3D Revit model of whole project, and internal shot. adt.54 Working drawing, section. adt.55 Parametric design process of the central canopy. adt.56 Section into the porject showing teh workshops below street level, cafe and exhibition on piazza level and residential units above. adt.57 Floor plans of the complex. adt.58 & adt. 59 Technical details of green roof and connection between tensile structure and RC slab.





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Year 3 Athens, the productive city design project, Gergo Vandor: adt.60 3D Revit model of whole project, internal shot. adt.61 Parametric design of the central canopy. adt.62 Technical deatil, wall section. adt.63 3D model of whole complex. adt.64 Section - elevation through the container structure. adt.65 Container design and arrangement of the complex.




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Year 3 Athens, the productive city design project: adt.66 Environmental design strategy, summer strategy, Gergo Vandor. adt.67 Section - elevation through the complex and tent structure canopy, Gergo Vandor. adt.68 Technical detail in wall envelope, Giulio Ferragut. adt.69 Technical detail, Gergo Vandor. adt.70 Research project poster, mutual impact of surrounding buildings on the thermal performance of office spaces, Giulio Ferragut. adt.71 Research project, thermal performace optimisation in relation to building envelope in retrofit of domestic buildings, Gergo Vandor.








DATA COLLECTION RESULTS In most recent years the role of passive design has gained popularity, as seen as a natural and sustainable way to maximise

temperatures ofany two rooms and outside temperatures the natural resources without causing harm to the environment. The concept of green building involves the usage of In most recent years the role of passive design has gained popularity, as seen as Internal natural resources such as direct solar and prevailing winds to control the internal temperatures of the space In most recent a natural and sustainable way to maximise the natural resources without causyears the role of passive design has gained popularity, as seen as a natural and sustainable way to maximise the natural resources without causing any harm to the environment. The concept of green building involves the usage of natural reing any harm to the environment. The concept of green building involves the sources such as direct solar and prevailing winds to control the internal temperatures of the space usage of natural resources such as direct solar and prevailing winds to control the internal temperatures of the space. Although being ideally feasible, the passive design encounters, in urban contexts, practical constraints related to the close proximity of different buildings. The aim of this paper is to quantify the impact of surrounding buildings on the thermal efficiency of a space, focusing on the effect of the direct solar.

The users raised a general issue related to the temperature of the spaces in the Winter months which according to them, falls below their comfort zone causing discomfort and overall sense of coldness. The users of room 1.07 have also highlighted the little control they have over the room temperature which they can control only through the external window, because of the absence of a thermostat (in one room). In conclusion, although the two rooms are characterised by different temperatures, the users have noticed similar problems related to a general thermal discomfort during the Winter months and which is here assumed to be related to the humidity of the room.

Thermal simulation with different facade materials



The aim of the first simulation is to predict the solar gain of the two room in relation to the direct solar exposure, which differs in the two cases.

Aim of this paper is to quantify the impact of the surrounding building shade on a real case scenario of two rooms which have similar heating setting and orientation but different solar obstruction •


As the two rooms are heated centrally and hence characterized by the same heating schedule, the graph shows an overall consistency trend in relation to each other. Although from graph 11 is also noticeable that the average temperature of the two rooms always lay within the comfort range, the users of the two rooms have shown dissatisfaction about the temperatures, which in their opinion are always too cold

Looking at the average solar gain it is however noticeable that this resulted in a moderate increase of the solar gains. The average solar gains during the 7 day time frame for each material are the following; white Marble = 0.062KW, anodised Aluminium 0.065KW, galvanised Iron 0.057KW. Changing the façade material from a very absorbent material (galvanised Iron) to a very reflecting one (anodised Aluminium) has resulted in a solar gain increase of 14%.

Looked at weekend lux to understand direct sun time frame (10Am-3PM) Room 1.07 which is not obstructed by the surrounding building, shows an overall greater solar gains in 6 out of the 7 day time frame. shading effect of the surrounding building on the two room’s has an impact of 80% the average solar gain of room 1.13 compared to room 1.07 The second simulation has been carried out excluding the obstructing building

Two rooms in the Dockland Campus of University of East London were chosen. The two office rooms are situated in the same building and have the same orientation (South). The building network is made by a reference building {AVA} (which hosts the two analysed rooms) and by a surrounding building {KD} which situated 8 metres South of the reference building

Graph above, internal temperature of the room in a cloudy day

As expected, if the obstructing building is ignored, the two rooms present an identical solar gain through the exterior window, which predictable considering the uniform exposition of the two space Comparing simulations with and withough obstructing building FOLLOWING APPROACH USED: • Data collection: Data loggers were placed into the space for a total of a month, recording the internal temperatures and the light at intervals of 15mins • Users interviewed: The users of the room were interviewed to understand their schedule and highlight any potential issue in the thermal comforf • Thermal simulations: Rooms modelled in Design Building to simulate their thermal behaviour in relation to the direct solar gain and quantify the impact of the surrounding building

Graph above, internal temperature of the room in a sunny day Calculated impact of next door shade on temperature the two room of +11% in the in the room not obstructed and +4.35 % in the room with disasvantageous exposure

Thermal performance optimization in relation to building envelope in retrofit buildings Abstract

As the UK’s housing stock is increasingly aging, retrofitting residential buildings has become a major challenge. The inefficient building fabrics and the outdated heating systems all contribute to the country’s excessive energy consumptions. These buildings are unsustainable due to the high energy bills and the negative effects on occupant’s health. Therefore, major regulations have to come into force and strategic plans have to be established for refurbishing these properties in the most sustainable and cost-effective way. One of the most obvious methods is to install additional insulation to the building and change its windows and doors. This paper investigates and explores thermal efficient building envelope in order to gain the most optimal thermal comfort for its users.

Introduction & Background

It is a fact that the UK’s housing stock is one of the oldest in the European continent with 55% of its dwellings built before 1960[1]. At the time, when fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions were not a concern for the population[2], houses did not prioritise sustainable energy use[1,3,]. Over the past 50 years, building regulations relating to thermal performance have gone through a vast change. The first was after UK’s energy crisis in the early 1970’s.[4] The government realized that a large amount of energy is lost through building envelopes, thereby the energy demand of households is excessively high.

Literature Review

To improve occupant’s thermal comfort in their homes in the winter, without using more energy to heat the spaces, a number of measures can be implemented. These measures can vary, although, after a thorough building survey, a logical order can be set up. One of the most common retrofit strategies to improve internal temperatures is to install or renew the building fabric.

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The aim of this work was to disaggregate and quantify the impact of mutual shading effects in a real case scenario, which as previously demonstrated, can have a great influence in the solar gain of the space and ultimately to the overall sustainability of the building The phenomenon of urbanisation or migration into cities has led to a tighter spatial arrangement in urban contexts, where buildings are arising with an increasingly smaller distance between them, in order to satisfy the high demand in relation to the space reduction. This effect has enhanced the impact that buildings have on each other especially in term of mutual shading and mutual reflection, but also with the creation of numerous of micro climates and wind channels between different structures. The role of the Architectural designer is hence, not only to ensure that the building he/she is designing will be comfortable for the future users, but also that it does not have a negative impact in the others buildings in within network overall. It is hence paramount for the designer to predict and simulate the thermal behaviour of the building paying a careful consideration to the building network. This research had the aim of disaggregate and quantifying the mutual shading and mutual reflection impact of a pair of building. The matter analysed in this paper built upon precursory IBE researches which focused on the energy consumption of buildings in dense environment characterised by a multitude of microclimates. As already demonstrated in previous researches, the research presented in this paper demonstrated the much larger impact of mutual shading compared to mutual reflection, which plays a major role in influencing the internal temperature of the space. Perceiving the different ways reflection and shading influence the spaces can contribute to improve the thermal efficiency of our buildings while enhancing the concept of a holistic passive design, where the building is not seen as a standalone, but as a member of a more complex environment: the building network.


Research Aim

Data Loggers

The aim of this research is to provide information about the thermal performance of a common building type in London. This information reveals certain issues within the building, which are then associated with the poor standards of historical building envelope design and obsolete heating systems. The information is explored by a number of different research methods, which help to provide a wider understanding of the building’s thermal performance. This quantitative methodology is based on several research methods, hereby listed.

In order to provide a comprehensive research of the building’s thermal performance, it is monitored by two data loggers from the 14th of February to the 14th of March. The aim of this type of data collection is to observe the thermal performance in a cold winter month, in relation to occupancy, heating patterns, and energy consumption. The data loggers are placed in two different locations in the building while measuring temperature (°C) and the relative humidity (%).

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Data logger reading results:

Data Loggers Questionnaire Thermal Images Software Simulation

Case Study

The base case of this quantitative research is a typical one storey terraced house, which was built in 1980. This building provides a representation of an average 3 bedroom property in London, which was built for social housing purposes by the local council. The building is 70 sqm including ground and upper floor areas. The construction of the building represents the usual building methods and standards from this period of affordable housing developments. This includes a strip foundation with insulated timber frame and brick external layer. The building has a cold pitched roof with gable ends and timber trusses and tiles. It is notable, that the building did not have any major refurbishments in the past 37 years, therefore the usual wear and tear has had an effect on the efficiency of its performance. The only improvement, that the building has received, was about 15 years ago, when energy efficient double glazed UPVC windows and back door were installed.

Figure 13, Data logger graph result, Author

Figure 14, Data logger graph result, Author

Software Simulations

Using Design Builder environmental design software, the building is accurately modelled with the surrounding buildings in the exact location of the subjected building. The model has the 1976 U-value standards for its building components. The occupancy, heating, cooking, lighting and natural ventilation are set up to be as similar to the research building as possible. Weather data, from the period of the study is provided by, which is then imported into the simulation model to provide real, accurate outside air temperatures for the research. Figure 4, Satellite Image, google

Existing external brickwork Levelling mortar (if required) Insulation Base coat render Polypropylene reinforcing mesh Primer and acrylic slip adhesive Acrylic brick slips

Figure 15, Initial Simulation results,, Design Builder Author Figure 5, 3d model, Author

Figure 6, Building front,

External Wall Insulation

This approach of retrofit strategy is carried out by installing an additional layer of insulation on the external walls of the building. As opposed to the internal insulation installation strategy, this method is very popular in residential retrofit projects as it does not require building works within the building, therefore occupants do not need rehousing during the period of the construction. Additionally, the external wall insulation stays as an unbroken unit, which eliminates the chance of cold bridges near connections and around openings. Another important advantage is that, as insulation and the additional cover structure are placed on the outside of the building, they do not take valuable space from the inside of the house. To add further insulation to the walls, an internal, breathable insulation board layer can be installed, as this can sufficiently improve the building’s airtightness.

Figure 1, Structherm external wall insulation system

Figure 16, Wall Insulation Simulation results,, Design Builder Author Figure 7, Ground Floor plan, DB, Author

Figure 8, Upper Floor plan, DB, Author

Figure 9, Area map,, Author

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Figure 17, Glazing Upgrade Simulation results,, Design Builder Author


Thermal Images Figure 2, Structherm external wall insulation system section drawing

In order to provide a more accurate investigation of the building, thermal images are taken of the internal and external walls and openings. These images are likely to reveal several issues such as damp, cold bridges and excessive air infiltration. Once, these issues are explored, the information gained provides a better understanding of the thermal performance of the internal spaces. Cold Bridge, picture taken from inside

Energy Efficient Glazing Systems

Window, picture taken from outside

Door and wall, picture taken from inside

Windows account for a large amount of energy loss due to the considerable difference between window heat transfer and other building fabrics. This results in a large amount of energy escaping the building. Studies [5] present, that a two-story house with 30% glazed surfaces, out of all the lost energy lost, 60% is through windows. Further, the heating load can be 40-50% through window glazing.

In conclusion, the investigations, several case studies [7] and the software simulations suggest that the external wall insulation seems a better option when retrofitting these type of properties. However, this can be argued as this statement depends on a number of factors. Firstly, if the building still has single glazed windows and doors, it inevitable to upgrade them to energy efficient double or triple glazed systems. Although, if the building has had any window and door upgrade in the past, like the research building, it is not recommended to upgrade them to the industries best practice, until the building loses a larger percentage of energy elsewhere.


Due to the technological innovations in the building sector, windows have better thermal performance year by year. By increasing the number of glass panes and using filler gas, such as argon, krypton, or xenon, 50-60% energy can be saved [6]. However, these multi-pane gas filled systems cost significantly more than windows with lower thermal performance. Low emissivity glass has a very thin coating, which reflects heat (long-waved infrared energy)

Figure 10, Thermal image, Author Figure 3, Triple glazed window system,

Figure 11, Thermal image, Author

Figure 12, Thermal image, Author

1. Baeli, Marion. Residential Retrofit. 20 Case Studies. 1st ed. Andover: Routledge Ltd, 2014. Print. 2. Disney, Richard, and Guannan Luo. “The Right To Buy Public Housing In Britain: A Welfare Analysis”. Journal of Housing Economics (2015): n. pag. Print. 3. Pomponi, Francesca et al. Journal of Building Engineering. Brighton: School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, 2015. Print. Façade Refurbishment Of Existing Office Buildings: Do Conventional Energy-Saving Interventions Always Work?. 4. 10- N. Murray, Sean et al. Building And Environment. Cork: Intelligent Efficiency Research Group (IERG), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, 2013. Print. Multi-Variable Optimization Of Thermal Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Of Buildings Using Static Modelling And Genetic Algorithms - A Case Study. 5. 15- Daqiqeh Rezaei, Soroosh, Santiranjan Shannigrahi, and Seeram Ramakrishna. A Review Of Conventional, Advanced, And Smart Glazing Technologies And Materials For Improving Indoor Environment. Singapore: N.p., 2015. Print. Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells. 6. 17- M. Arıcı, H. Karabay, M. Kan, Flow and heat transfer in double, triple and quadruple pane windows, Energy Build. 86 (2015) 394–402




BSc (Hons) Product Design YEAR 1,2 & 3

Paul Lighterness Programme Leader


The Product Design Programme encourages students to explore, question and understand people and problems with the key objective to providing responsive solutions that will improve and better an individuals or a groups life and experience. Answers to questions address social and environmental questions and look at issues within context. Only by undertaking primary research working with a chosen user group are students really able to appreciate and understand problems faced by their users Solutions are explored through 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional means in conjunction with significant interaction with users through a variety of research methods including empathic, experiential and user centric research methods. Refinement continues throughout the project until a final solution is produced. Paul Lighterness

Product Design Innovation through Evaluation

Mattew Brown, Andrew Wright, Mathew Hurley, Philip Phelan

The Product Design Programme encourages students to analyse and assess social and environmental landscapes, to identify opportunities for improvement. By identifying issues students undertake Primary research to empathise and identify with their key users, forging a direction for the development of their final designs. During their journey students will explore ideas in 2 and 3 Dimensions in parallel to understand and fully represent their design concepts, becoming more refined on their iterative journey of exploration. Encouragement to understand and identify form and function, alongside technical material explorations, helps with the realisation of the Final Designs, pieces that can be manufactured and realised commercially. The construction of test rigs and jigs on a basic level, enables in-depth analysis and evaluation directly with the user, presenting solutions influenced by the client or users direct input. By integrating the contextual and marketing elements of the programme to support the design projects, a richer more conclusive outcome is achieved through a body of work that theorises, and then directly questions the issues identified central to the user.

Product Design

A central part of the programme relates to user and client engagement, to build on the professional and commercial approach of the student. Recent projects undertaken by students on the programme include: designing equipment to enable Surveyors to undertaken their roles more efficiently in safe and comfortable conditions, as well as working on a number of Sports related products with organisations, including UEL’s SportsDock (to redesign Sports equipment), as well as Open Source solutions for Wheelchair Basketball players using the Rapid Prototyping processes to realise designs.

“...a human-centred approach fuels the creation of products that resonate more deeply with an audience- ultimately driving engagement and growth� Dave Thomsen

Y2: Samuel Ikhuoria, Alejandra Erazo Sotelo, Leslie Agabasonu, Jack Morris, Casper Junior Viriri, Dennis Alba, Y3: Bartosz Sardowski, Carlo Negro, Siddranth Chowdry, Sam Hughes, Tharek Islam, Wen Rouh Teoh, Jonad Basra

Guest Lectures: Adam , Matt Hurley, Terence Williams, Jun Takagi Special thanks to: SportsDock, ACE Surveying Department, School of Health and BioScience, Disrupt Disability Website:

P191 DEGREE Product Design

Students: Y1: Oyin Olagunju, Joseph Crump, Namuun Mandal, Emily Hodkinson, George Davis, Trix Inciong, James Edmunds, Sebastian Potter, Tanzib Hossein, Jacob Shaw.

P192 DEGREE Product Design

Final Major Projects pd.15-17 “Soccer Circuit” - Designed by Siddanth Arora, the design is to assist users with training exercises for Walking Football, and improve cognitive behaviour. pd.18-22 “COCO” Suitcase designed by Wen Rou Teoh is made from coconut matting and eco resins and is specifically developed for Business Woman undertaking short business engagements that includes International travel. pd.23-31 “Edge” - Designed by Tharek Islam is a paint brush design, to improve the ability to paint intricate details within interior spaces, around doors, windows and picture and door frames referred to as “cutting in”.




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P193 DEGREE Product Design


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P194 DEGREE Product Design

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The narrowed head allows the user Thick round neck allows user to to grasp a firm grip, giving them a change handle position without lot more control and balance when losing the ergonomic comfort cutting in.

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P196 DEGREE Product Design

Surveying and Open Source Project Level 5: Working with Staff and students from the Surveying Department, Product Design students set out to design and develop products that would improve the user experience of Surveyors pd.32-36 Optics Project by Casper Viriri: A series of covers, lenses and attachments to combat issues faced by surveyors whilst undertaking their surveying tasks, including bright light, lens glare, and humidity affecting lenses. Open Source Prototyping Project in collaboration with Disrupt Disability, an organisation set up to assist Wheelchair Users. Students were asked to explore the opportunity to develop parts and components for Wheelchair Basketball chairs to assist with the production of parts. pd.37-41 Compression and sprung fixings to cushion the impact experienced by athletes when wheelchairs collide during competition events.








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P197 DEGREE Product Design

P198 DEGREE Product Design

Lighting Project (Level 4): Students designed and developed a range of lighting products for users from a variety of subject areas, these included Office Lighting, Sports attire to improve safety and the visibility of Joggers, and a safety product to assist Sailors operating in night time conditions pd.42-46 George Davis’s “See Bright” lighting design is to improve visibility for sailors in low light environments and to assist with undertaking typical tasks.







P199 DEGREE Product Design

P200 DEGREE Product Design

Lighting Project (Level 4): pd.47-49 Emily Hodgkinson’s “GLO” project explored lighting from the basis of safety for Joggers. The design of the jacket enabled the athlete to be protected from the elements, but also to provide increased visibility for the runner. The lighting unit offers a variety of settings to increase and decrease visibility.




P201 DEGREE Product Design

Lighting Project (Level 4): pd.50-52 James Edmunds Lighting design “Wedge” was developed to assist Office workers and improve the working environment. A series of lighting controls enable the lighting to be adapted for users with learning difficulties. pd.53-57 Rebound Board project. Working with UEL’s SportsDock, students were asked to design and develop a series of rebound boards that would improve and enable the planning of Sports Hall space, separating the various sports, as well as exploring marketing opportunities as well as significantly reducing the weight over the existing products used




P202 DEGREE Product Design

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P203 DEGREE Product Design

Guest Lecture Series pd.28 Adam Manley, Matt Hurley, Jun Takagi, and Terence Williams, from Terence Williams Design. Design Professionals from a variety of backgrounds within the Product Design Field were invited in as guest speakers to discuss their design work, and their experiences of working on design projects. Projects ranged from Packaging Design, Industrial Design, Furniture and Interior Design Projects.

Adam Manley Design

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P204 DEGREE Product Design

Collaborative Project: pd.64-69 Working with the Graphic Design Programme, Graphic and Product Design students collaborated on a 1 day project to explore 2 and 3 Dimensional forms to design and develop packaging for a “Vegan Egg”. Students undertook a series of exploratory exercises sharing ideas relating to branding, marketing, structural packaging and ideation.


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P205 DEGREE Product Design

Product Design Presentations pd.70-76 Students presented their work throughout the year; collaborations with Sports Dock, Surveying and the End of Year Showcase, saw students presenting their work professionally to their clients, visitors and assessors. The ability to be able to discuss and justify their work enables the students to develop a Professional and Entrepreneurial approach to discussing their design developments.








BA Interior Design YEAR 1,2 & 3

Rashid Ali, Programme Leader

P207 DEGREE Interior Design

‘Project work seeks exploratory, poetic and imaginative solutions to enhance and develop your creative talents and design skills. Design is taught in parallel to a range of studies including representation and computing, technology, design history and theory & professional studies to prepare you successfully for employment. This provides an educational and creative framework that enables you to become exceptional designers. The idea of ‘designing’ and ‘making’ is always central to the course’s activities and ethos.‘

BA Interior Design Rashid Ali, Luísa Alpalhão, Bruce Irwin, Anastasia Karandinou

The BA (Hons) Interior Design programme, running for second year at UEL has seen further development and a considerable increase in enrolment since last year. This provides an educational and creative framework that enables you to become exceptional designers. The idea of ‘designing’ and ‘making’ is central to the course’s activities and ethos. Project work seeks exploratory, poetic and imaginative solutions to enhance and develop your creative talents and design skills. Design is taught together with a range of supporting studies including representation and computing, technology, design history and theory & professional studies to prepare you for employment. The first year students were introduced to projects that enabled them to develop fundamental skills such as drawing, modelling, writing, and different digital representational techniques. Such skills encouraged the students to develop confidence in processes that are integral to designing poetic interior spaces of varying functions and scales. The two main projects for the year were species of spaces – a material and spatial analysis and a redesign of their room and the design of a set for a traditional fable for the stage in the Young Vic Theatre in London. Second year students began the year by undertaking rigorous studies of exemplar retail spaces with detailed drawings and large-scale models. This enabled them to explore and grasp how spatial concepts and material treatments can form distinctive, bespoke retail spaces that are functional for displaying and presenting

Field trip 2017 Amsterdam

products, but are also unique retail experiences for visitors. This was followed by collaboration with the owner of a boutique shop in Shoreditch. They surveyed the existing space and developed diverse and distinctive concepts that responded to the scale of the space and to the brand and particular products sold by the Saboye boutique. The third year cohort studied the interiors of an old building in Fish Island that was formerly used as commercial dry cleaners, and responded with proposals to enhance the space for its current creative occupants with a better quality live, work and social spaces. For their final project in Semester two, they developed restaurant concepts for 76 Portland Place in central London. These were strongly influenced by material and spatial qualities inherent in artist’s images they were assigned. In February both first and second year students went on a field trip to Amsterdam for an organised tour of a number of fantastic examples of contemporary and historical interior and architectural spaces. These included the Rijksmuseum Eye Museum, Droog and Chanel Store, as well as a number of other interiors of varying scales and functions. These yearly visits abroad, and more regular visits to sites and spaces of interest in London are integral part of the learning experience and compliment the intensive learning culture within the school.

Special thanks to Guest Tutors: Sophia Limpari, Manjit Dhillon, Emily Louizou, Agnieszka Kwiecien, Sol Perez Martinez, Bihter Almaç, Andrew Cross


P209 DEGREE Interior Design

Students: Y1: Alvin Tampon, Amber Ali, Christina Inoke, Claudia Lazar, Gizem Sarilmaz, Kevser Intze, Maria Santos, Rebekah Grove, Robyn Lobley, Shajna Ismal, Zena Emanuel, Nayden Hadzhiev, Carlos Torres, Patricia Butrym, Whitney Green, Helen Adefioye Y2: Vincent Terang, Natasha Priest, M. Ivan-Wuche, Charlotte Williams, Firat Pirpudak, Catalina Andrea Anton, Sophie Robinson, Francis Katenga, Dilem Bulut, Elif Cevirme, Laisha Marker, Monique Ishmael, Gabriele Burbaite, Syria Jackson, Natasa Ferenczova Y3: Mark Da Silva, Lyuboslava Peruhova, Charlotte Tope, Ebru Targan, Irene L. Pedro, Shariffah Bogere, Simona Stankevicuite, Anderson Perdomo, Olivia Jones, Marzia Argiolas

P210 DEGREE Interior Design

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P212 DEGREE Interior Design

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P214 DEGREE Interior Design

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P216 DEGREE Interior Design

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P218 DEGREE Interior Design

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P220 DEGREE Interior Design

id.33- id.36: Claudia Lazar, id.37: Robin Lobley, id.38: Christina Inoke, id.39, id.41: Photographing student models, id.40: Visit at the Serpentine pavilion

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P221 DEGREE Interior Design

P222 DEGREE Interior Design

id.42: Mark Da Silva and Charlotte Tope, id.43: Shariffah Begere and Simona Stankevicuite , id.44: Olivia Jones, id.45: Charlotte Tope, id.46 - id.51: Elif Cevirme

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P224 DEGREE Interior Design

id.52, id.54: Embossing Workshop, id.53, id.55: Natasha Priest, id.56 - id.58: Interior Design studio tutorials

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Masters Programmes

MRes Architecture

Reading the Neoliberal City Anna Minton

Anna Minton, author of Big Capital and Ground Control, also published by Penguin, is the Programme Leader on the MRes Architecture. This multidisciplinary course, sited within the architecture department, welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. While situated in London’s Docklands, the global impact of these processes, which are relevant across the world, provides the context. The course is comprised of four modules: Reading the neoliberal city; Psychogeography and Situationism; Ethical Development and the Digital City. Topics for study include the housing crisis and the privatisation of cities, investigating the financialisation of the urban environment, polarisation and the consequences for citizens in terms of trust and fear. The modules on Ethical Development and the Digital City focus on potential alternatives to the neoliberal city and the modules on Psychogeography and Situationism and the Digital City are also offered to Diploma students choosing Critical Writing for their Theory component. Anna is joined on the academic team by Tony Fretton, principal of Tony Fretton architects, who is a thesis supervisor and Debra Shaw, Reader in Cultural Theory, who teaches on the Digital City module.

Guest lecturers are a key component of the course and include politicians, leading industry figures and activists. We have an ongoing collaboration with Sian Berry, chair of the housing group at the Greater London Authority. During 2016, Anna was awarded a Leverhulme Artist in Residence grant to work with Alberto Duman who was artist in residence on the MRes. For more information contact: Anna Minton, Reader in Architecture & Programme Leader


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MA Professional Landscape Architecture Dr Bridget Snaith CMLI

This year sees the successful completion of the second year of Landscape Institute accredited Landscape Architecture programmes at UEL, and our first year with students graduating at both Masters level, and from the “Conversion” year. Through design studio, live projects, and critical investigation of theory, we continued our exploration of complex issues in contemporary landscape design. This year exploring the impact of global processes and national policies on local places and lives. We were interrogating planned futures for two London sites affected by the High Speed Rail HS2 project – Wormwood Scrubs – a large site in industrial West London, and Euston Station, a rail head and the future terminus of HS2 in London’s Zone 1. Semester one looked at different understandings of place, ways of reading and representing landscape, starting in the expansive, still undefined space of Wormwood Scrubs. Our study tour took us to former industrial districts in Paris, given new identity through landscape intervention, including rail lands recently reimagined at Parc Martin Luther King and Jardins Rosa Luxemburg. Through our project for Euston, and case studies in London & Paris, we reviewed the principles of making successful urban spaces for people, the issues of public & private ownership & management. We thought about who is present, who is missing, and the barriers that exist to successful sharing of city space.

In semester two we returned to Wormwood Scrubs, currently a ‘slack space’ in London’s Green Grid, a contested site with some history of local resistance to national grand projects, to consider multiple futures for this valued ‘nature’ and amenity space threatened by its changing context. London needs housing, and people need green space. Is it possible to balance protection and amenity, access and biodiversity? How do we determine value? Where are the boundaries of nature and culture?

“Large pastoral parks... are more a form of amnesia, a practice of forgetting site histories... We need design strategies that make visible the past connections between individual human behaviour, collective identity, and... larger industrial and ecological processes. How might such approaches help us re­imagine a society of consumers who are aware of their impact on our habitat, not simpiy out of selfinterestedness, but arising from a sense of extended, interconnected communities? ” “Uncertain Parks: Disturbed Sites, Citizens & Risk Society” Elizabeth K. Meyer

London & Paris

Special thanks to: Alban Landscape Partnership, Farrer Huxley, Gustafson Porter Bowman, Levitt Bernstein, Martha Schwartz & Partners & Mouchel for providing work shadowing placements.

Visiting Critics: Leslie Crombie, Magda Pelka, Stuart Connop, Eduardo Carranza, Fenella Griffin, Tom Lonsdale, Sue Lowenthal


P231 MASTERS Landscape

Students: Masters: Roland Brown Masters with Conversion: Simone Liederer, Nic McEwan, Anna Peters, Lewis Reynolds, David Richter Post Graduate Diploma: Merih Dedeler Graduate Diploma: Erika Alexowics, Solomon Obigbesan

P232 MASTERS Landscape

Wormwood Scrubs Evocation, Place: la.1 Site sketches, Roland Brown. la.2 Evocation models: Top LtoR ‘Depression’ Erika Alexowics,’Align’ Simone Liederer, ‘Displacement’ Merih Dedeler. Bottom LtoR ‘Ripple’ Lewis Reynolds, ‘Kiss’ Simone Lieder, ‘Divide’ Merih Dedeler la.4 Studio Tutorial la.5 Live build project: Welding vertical greening structure la.6 Live build project: Grinding edges vertical greening structure la.7 Analysis of movemement & seating, Kings Cross, Nic McEwan la.8 Analysis of Movement, London Bridge, Anna Peters la.9 Planting Study, New River Walk: March, April, May, Simone Liederer la.10 Place de la Republique, Paris, Erika Alexowics la.11 Jardins Rosa Luxemburg, Paris, Erika Alexowics Previous page la.0 ‘Parc Saint Jacques’ Case study, Anna Peters




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la.4 la.8




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Euston Green: la.12 Detailed area section through play structure, Nic McEwan. la.13 Cross section, Erika Alexowics la.14 Seating design sketch, Simone Liederer la.15 Plan concept, Simone Liederer la.16 Plan and Seat design sections, Simone Liederer.




















la.14 la.15


P235 MASTERS Landscape

P236 MASTERS Landscape

Wormwood Scrubs:Resist Adapt Reinvent: la.17 Visualisation in 2030, Merih Dedeler la.18 Plan (north west) in 2030, 1:500 Merih Dedeler la.19 Visualisation north west from viewing deck, Roland Brown la.20 Visualisation towards Park Royal Station, Simone Liederer la.21 Planting plan, north west area 1:200, Nic McEwan la.22 Section north west in 2030, Merih Dedeler.



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PLANTING PLAN Planting: see plan

Daylighted Stamford Brook Addabound (recycled resin bound aggregate) ‘Natural Beach’


New tree: see plan Trees

FSC Oak deck with Hi-Grip Excel non-slip inserts

Current tree FSC Swedish Redwood 8 seater picnic bench


Final height (m.)

Final spread (m.)

Size (ltr.)

Spacing (m.)

Ac Pa Cb Fs Bp ScO Qr Pa Ug Sc

Acer campestre Prunus avium Carpinus betulus Fagus Sylvatica Betula pubescens Salix ceniera Quercus robur Populus alba Ulmus glabra Salix capra

>12 >12 >12 >12 >12 8-12 >12 20 30 8-12

4-8 >8 4-8 >8 4-8 4-8 >8 >8 >8 4-8

15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3-4

Final height (m.) 8-10 4-8 4-8 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 1-1.15 1-1.15 1.5-2.5 0.0-0.1 0.0-0.1 4-8

Final spread (m.) 1-2 1-1.15 1.5-2.5 0.1-0.5 0.5-1 1.5-2.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 1-1.15 0.1-0.5 1-1.15 1.5-2.5 1-2

Size (ltr.) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Shrubs/Larger plants Code Name Lh Lp Ca Ov Su Pl Rc Ls Ip Tl Na Np Cs

Q-Grip Canterbury anti-slip FSC hardwood decking Vegecol cycle path: plant-based binder with mineral aggregate Precast concrete block and flag paving



Tarmac road



Lf Tl As Bu Ip Av

Ma Pv Lc Cp Ms Mt

Leycesteria formosa Typha latifolia Angelica sylvestris Butomus umbellatus Iris pseudacorus Astilbe ‘Venus’ x arendsii Thymus serpyllum Rosmarinus officinalis ‘McConnell’s Blue’ Stachys byzantina Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Vinca minor Atropurpurea Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum Mentha aquatica Prunella vulgaris Lotus corniculatus Caltha palustris Myosotis scorpiodes Menyanthes trifoliata

Code Ob Fv BmJ

Ts Ro

Wooden balance blocks

Sb La Vm Rn

Cast iron trelis/pergola walk

Glass and steel greenhouse

Green roof cycle shed



Raised cycle kerb

Lonicera henryi Lonicera periclymenum Clematis armandii Omphalodes verna Saxifraga x urbium Potamogeton lucens Ranunculus circinatus Lythrum salicaria Iris pseudacorus Typha latifolia Nymphaea alba Nymphoides peltata Cornus sanguine

Hp Hn Fm Pp Vb

Spacing (m.) 1 1 1 0.2-0.5 0.2-0.5 0.5-1 0.1-0.2 0.2-0.5 0.5-1 0.5-1 1 1.5 1

Final height (m.) 1.5-2.5 1.5-2.5 1.5-2.5 1-1.5 1-1.15

Final spread (m.) 1.5-2.5 0.1-0.5 0.5-1 0.1-0.5 1-1.15

Size (cm.) 9 9 9 9 9

0.5-1 0.1-0.2

0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5

9 9

0.1-0.5 0.-0.5

0.5-1 0.5-1

9 9

0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5

0.5-1 1-1.15

9 9

0.1-0.5 0.5-1 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5

0.1-0.3 0.5-1 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5

9 9 9 9 9 9 9


Final height (m.)

Final spread (m.)

Oenothera biennis Fragaria vesca (F) Brunnera macrophylla’ ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ Helleborus purpurascens Hyacinthoides non-scripta Fritillaria meleagris Potentilla palustris Veronica beccabunga

1-1.5 0.1-0.5

0.1-0.5 0.5-1







0.1-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.1-0.2 0.1-0.2

0.1-0.2 0.1 0-0.1 0.1-0.5

Spacing (m.) 1 0.2-0.5 0.2-0.5 0.1-0.5 0.5 0.1-0.2 0.1-0.

a.4 0.2-0.5 0.2-0.5 0.2-05 0.5-1

0.1-0.2 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Wooden path edge

Play logs

Wooden stepping stones

Living willow fence Wooden raised beds

Green roof cafe

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MA Architecture + Urbanism Alan Chandler

Our teaching is centred on the interface of social and spatial structures, on people and place. Preparation for practice integrates essential technical, philosophical, regulatory and practical knowledge as baseline skills that enable the final thesis to critically extend beyond expectation. Students must construct with both materials and ideas. A spectrum of specialisms engage with place in a manner that recognizes the complexity of social and environmental interaction, these areas of knowledge develop through the year, gaining fluency and depth. The specialist areas of teaching on offer to our students are: Participatory Design: Tactics for engagement and elaboration of socially grounded architecture. Digital design innovation: advanced modelling utilizing digital tools to develop and realise form. Urban Realm – Urban Policy: The relationships between built form and social policy as a context for design Inclusive Landscapes: spatial design strategies for technical and social integration. Carbon Conscious Construction: manual fabrication at 1:1, material sourcing, performance and re-use. Constructed Heritage: The technical and philosophical significance of current and historical built fabric. Critical Histories: A comprehensive overview of architectural history and the history of ideas.

Through the duration of the programme the students strategic awareness develops into a strategic understanding. Decision making and technical innovation develop from and relate to wider sociopolitical contexts, grounding the design work and the critical task of detailing to make tangible connections to wider architectural ideas. Form is the result of a strategic engagement with people and place, not a substitute for it nor an image of it. Our location in East London gives unique opportunities to understand, critique and reimagine how regeneration and redevelopment impact upon existing places and communities, bringing case studies from across Europe and beyond back into a critical reflection on London and its future.




Module Leader Christoph Hadrys

The Urban Design course is the design intensive masters for alternative urbanisms at the University of East London. It is set up to develop both intellectual and practical skills for urban designers and architects. Through interrelated design and theory projects, we search for alternative solutions to complex urban conditions. The course sets out to explore and develop new forms of urban practice in cities undergoing critical change, where conventional thinking struggles to respond to uncertainties and the necessity for imaginative thinking. It aims to prepare students to work with different geographical settings, urban agendas and economies through design projects. We engage directly with communities, sites and contexts, to be able to develop both practical and innovative urban designs, from the scale of regions and cities, all the way through to neighbourhoods and building scales. This approach is informed by local and international urban practice, but also emphasizes students‘ individual interests, abilities and intuition, to explore and develop new forms of urbanism. Asking questions, like who is building cities and how to build cities, allows us to open our understanding about finer visible and invisible forces. We research diverse methodologies, like the use of tolerances and time-lines, to enable more dynamic and generative urban processes, allowing a much wider range of people to take part in building cities. The course provides a platform for the individual


student to develop an expertise and an approach to sustainable urban design through the development of urban design strategies and research. As more and more emphasis is put on the importance of sustainable developments by governments and professional bodies, such knowledge and skills will be of increasing usefulness to the students in their professional lives. The programme prepares for work in the public as well as in the private sector. The masters course has two fully integrated parts: The design intensive studio and the theory component comprising Masters and Professional MArch (ARB/ RIBA Part2) students. The Urban Design course welcomes students as fellow innovators in a programme that is both visionary and hands on in seeking to develop urban futures that are sustainable, distinctive and enjoyable.

“The neatness of architecture is its seduction; it defines, excludes, limits, separates from the “rest” - but it also consumes. It exploits and exhausts the potentials that can be generated finally only by urbanism, and that only the specific imagination of urbanism can invent and renew “ Rem Koolhaas , SMLXL

Y4: Ahmed Ahmed, Nur Bahirah Abdul Rahman, Gunes Bagdali, Wagner Carvalho, Rohaine Dailey, Nadirah Hanis Fairuz, Daniel Gibre, Lisa Ha, Stephanie Intsiful, Helen Inyang, Ali Kaptan, Viraj Patel, Boon Wei Phum, Troy Stennett, Filipos Tympas

Urban Design Studio The design component aims to prepare students to work with different urban situations and agendas. In the beginning of each academic year, students engage in a five week induction project, to familiarise themselves with the teaching and learning environment of the course. During that time, we develop design tools and principles, by testing and refining them in various locations. For the main design project, individual students focus on one site of their choice, for the rest of the academic year. This focus allows very deep explorations of a range of scales and involved urban design issues. Students formulate objectives, briefs, programmes and spatial aspirations of their design work. Throughout the course, we engage in workshops, presentations and tutorials. Open Studio This academic year, students select the location and topic of their design, theory and research project themselves. The course offers a rich platform for students’ visions for cities. We formulated strategies that respond to global and site conditions, understanding of scales, architectural sensibilities and local communities, to create social, spatial and time-based habitats and environments. Urban Theory Component The theory component welcomes Masters students

Y5: Fatih Akbudak, Claire Annang, Dhiren Appadoo, Prekshau Chhasatiya, Vaida Drungilaitev, Farshad (Arash) Farhadi, Alvin Hung, Alina (Ally) Kaziunaite, Mengly Khuth, Takuma Kiyama, Samuel King, Caroline Leadon, Tahban (Tabz Tabby) Mokree, Sagal Muhumed, Aaron Nibbs, Panagiotis (Panos) Papanikolau, Maria Theodorou Website:

and also 4th and 5th year MArch students. The course is ‘hands on‘ and it works in close collaboration with the design component. A lot of urban issues are difficult to explore purely on a visual basis. This has to do with the abstract level of scale and complexity. For example, we can do models of buildings and they will partly tell us spatial and social relationships. In urban design that is different. We can do models of a city, but it is not that easy to understand the underlying forces, that are shaping cities. Concerning issues like migration or globalization, physical models might tell us very little. We have to read, write and talk, to gain a more holistic understanding of urban issues. Students attend weekly lectures on distinct urban topics, followed by seminars. The fields of studies range from urban history, theory, interpretation and practice to science. We explore complexities of cities through discussions, writings, readings, lectures, drawings, student presentations, movies and excursions. The theory component is assessed through a 4000 - 5000 word essay on an urban topic that the students select and research themselves. The studies in urban theory are set up to help articulate a critical context and vision for students’ design and thesis work.


Students: Navya Teja Alla


Set within an Object-Oriented framework, the MSc Computing and Design investigates computational design strategies for an architecture of increased heterogeneity. In contrast to holistic, systemic and parametric fields, the studio investigates messy, local object-oriented forms of bricolage and assemblage. Computationally, the focus is on developing generative, but object-focused design methodologies, looking mainly at ideas of agency and physics. Students will research methodologies to embed physical constraints into heterogeneous and essentially autonomous “agential objects� as a kind of typologies. The year is structured in a series of projects and experiments exploring computational design methodologies in a context of information density and heterogeneity. Exponentially increasing possibilities of new manufacturing technologies like 3D-Printing allow to register previously unseen amounts of heterogeneity and information in matter. Inspired by concepts from information science and object-oriented ontology (OOO), diverse concepts such as OOO, resolution, heterogeneity are connected to the idea of increased information-density. Computational design methodologies focus on concepts like assemblage and discreteness, rather than organism and continuity. These processes are set in a messy and discrete work flow, not as a single meta-computational process, but more as a plethora of methods and objects. Through establishing a rigorous connection between objectoriented ontology, computation, and information-

density, the course attempts to create a framework for understanding computational design and architecture in a manufacturing context with the potential for extreme resolution and information density.

Cutlery Set, Eragatory


SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE Module Leader Alfonso Senatore

The MA Architecture and Urbanism Sustainable Architecture programme is highly critical of energyand carbon-based debates on sustainability. You will be actively equipped with philosophical, intellectual and qualitative tools to balance the quantitative, and to allow for informed critique of the nebulous and poorly defined ‘greenwash’ that characterises much thinking in this area. The programme addresses the “what’s”, “why’s” and “how’s” of environmental design, at both the architectural and urban scales. It explores the relationship between environmental and formal design, and the effect of that developing relationship on the future of sustainable architectural practice. It does this through three taught modules followed by the thesis, which may be a sustainable design portfolio, dissertation, illustrated report or participation in a live build low carbon project with a critical reflective text. The programme is located in the new School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering in Docklands, the biggest redevelopment area in Europe. It takes advantage of the University’s London location with visits to architectural sites as well as lectures and visits linking with the culture of the city. Its teachers are abreast of current developments in the field and currently working on publications, conferences and other projects.

top: ZGF architects, photo by Benjamin Benschneider

ARCHITECTURE AND HERITAGE Module Leader Maria Segantini

The commodification of cultural expression is utterly prevalent. For cultural practices such as music, its marketization results in saturation exposure – ‘overplay’, the mechanism for inducing boredom regardless of significance in order to stimulate desire for the new leaving the authenticity or originality hollowed out. This is the mechanism of cultural consumption. For heritage, the notion of ‘cultural consumption’ is particularly damaging. There is usually only one of any heritage artefact or place. As such it succumbs to ‘overplay’ very readily, but once ‘restored’ or ‘adapted’ becomes locked in a cycle that takes it further and further from its own authenticity. Culturally significant buildings become overlaid with an ‘experiential history’, the stimulation to see heritage anew, enacted at an industrial scale. We are increasingly divorced form not only the fabric of heritage, but more seriously from the cultural and social participation that our historic environments can still provide. When we remove the social and political engagement from heritage we see regeneration projects that are little more than cultural asset stripping, co-opting the evidence of social relations into a commodified, picturesque space for investment. Students on the programme are asked to consider conservation as a o political and philosophical issue as much as a technical one – we operate critically in order to explore the political dimensions of heritage architecture, its cultural significance and tactics for alternative interpretations of how historic buildings

are protected, sustained and remain relevant to contemporary cultural production. Working with Sara Crofts, Head of Historic Environments at the heritage lottery fund, we discuss wider conservation ideas through the detail of a range of international case studies. The HLF require clear statements of social benefit in grant funding heritage projects - understanding how they operate and the drivers behind their value judgements is a starting point for the students as they consider the context and value of projects such as the Lloyds Building, the Pikionis pathways at the Acropolis, the Neues Museum or the Olivetti Showroom.

Palacio Pereira. Muro Muestra n.05, C.Puga, P.Velasco, A.Moletto, A.Chandler


MASTER THESIS Module Leader Alan Chandler

MA Architecture and Urbanism offers a choice

and lending their film crew to document the whole

of thesis submission formats – written dissertation,

workshop. The film will premier at the Timber Expo later

design portfolio or design and build depending upon

in the year.

the specialist modules chosen and the students own interests and goals. Bark Live-Build is an example of the design and build option. There is currently an enormous chasm between architectural education and the on-site application of architecture, where students can graduate from university with very little understanding of construction terminology, materials, or technical detailing. BARK LIVE-BUILD 2015 provides students the chance to acquire these skills on a real construction site, enhancing their technical understanding to take forward into their architectural careers. This workshop requires students to combine designtalent with management, construction and finecarpentry skills, to ensure that the building is delivered on-time and to the highest possible standards. The workshop is organised, managed and facilitated by Studio Bark Director and UEL Technical Studies Tutor, Wilf Meynell, in conjunction with TRADA’s University Liaison Manager, Liz Turner. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the students to get away from their computer screens and ‘hands-on’ with a real building project. The whole build is sponsored by BSW who are supplying us with UK sourced carcassing timber For more information on Bark Live Build visit bark-live-build-2015-apply

PhD in Architecture + Design Dr Renee Tobe

The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering developed a strategic research voice for REF 2014 based on key areas of practice within Architecture and the Built environment. This responded to the UEL research theme of Sustainability Science and Technology and Social Equality and Justice, Human Rights and Security. Three areas of overlapping interest frame the selection of potential PhD Scholars: Smart Cities and Heritage (how the city of the past is fundamental to the city of the future), Sustainable Cities and Construction (material and technical provenance and purpose for social benefit), together with Resilient Cities and Civic Engagement (practice based education for the direct benefit of stakeholders – the University in the community).   PhD and Masters programmes play a critical role in the development of a louder, sharper voice on this in relation to Urban Design, Policy, Heritage and the definition of what sustainable architecture is or should do. Sample of students and topics: Bertug Ozarisoy:  Cost-Effective Energy Efficient Housing Retrofitting: A Prototype Retrofit Housing Model in Northern Cyprus This research project is undertaken in Famagusta, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).  The construction industry lacks strong drivers to implement

energy efficient regulations and technologies through building construction and retrofit. There is developing interest in improving thermal performance of buildings in response to occupant’s thermal comfort, particularly in residential tower block developments (RTBs) where possible energy savings may be offset by retrofit strategies. The research question is: How can bioclimatic design principles support energy efficient retrofit of RTBs in TRNC? Wei Shi: Title: Domestic energy efficiency & LowCarbon Retrofit As an extension of study in my Master’s, I will still target on Low-Carbon Retrofit as my research area. After preliminary studies in relevant field, I realize that there’s still plenty improvements can be made towards energy simulation tools and householder’s engagement of Low-Caron Retrofit. Supervisory Team: H. Elsharkawy, A. Chandler, H. Abdalla Umut Gedik: Regeneration through Cultural Reuse This research is proposed to provide better understanding of business regeneration effects of cultural reuse of historic landmark buildings and developing the existing theories of impact assessments by taking into account the values and perceptions of local businesses and stakeholders. Supervisory Team: A. Chandler, M. Segantini, H. Abdalla

Manos Zaroukas: Co-evolutionary Self-Organising Systems; Designing with Growing Neural Gas The motive of this research stems from the ubiquitous use of computation within design and the euphoria that computations’ generative capacities could introduce novelty in architectural design. That was one of the basic premises behind the appropriation of computational models that simulate the functioning of the human brain to mimic the creativity which is to introduce novelty in human The main vehicle to explore creativity in artificial neural nets as computational models is novelty. A concept so elusive that is hard to pin down a concrete definition. Novelty is related to newness, to new. It is often related to change and innovation, to evolution or revolution. Something that comes from the outside. North gives three characteristics to novelty, relative (new as coming from the past), radical (completely new) and absolute (Utopian) novelty (North 2013 For Manuel Delanda new qualities and new capacities emerge in the world. Supervisory Team: A. Brimicombe, R. Tobe Esra Alhamal: The Significance of Islamic Patterns in Interior Design This research is an in depth study of the history of Islamic geometric and biomorphic patterns between 1250 and 1800. The study will include the spatial relevance of the patterns and the spiritual value behind

them. The research will create a timeline about the development of patterns across Islamic dynasties to track -in images- the simplicity and complexity of patterns. The aim of this research is to produce a list of guidelines for the use of those Islamic patterns while considering their spatial, spiritual and cultural values. The guidelines will be tested on the Islamic section of the Victoria and Albert Museum to understand the practicality and validity of the suggested guidelines. Supervisory Team: A. Chandler, B. Snaith, H. Abdalla Camillo Amaral: Urban Micro - Utopias: Assessing contemporary conditions for rebellious architecture This dissertation aims to assess contemporary possibilities for architecture to repurpose its social role. The research will make a theoretical critique of the profession, in order to trace back the assumptions that has made architecture into a hierarchical mode of imposing social order, a simulated form of ideology and a form of immaterial slavery of architects itself. This archaeology of the profession aims to reposition architecture as an instrument of rebellious practices. Supervisory Team: D. Spencer, A. Chandler, R. Karthaus, H. Abdalla Ranyl Rhydwen: Hempcrete’s Dynamic Thermal Efficiency An investigation and quantification of hempcrete’s effective rate heat transfer under varying environmental conditions. Responding to an increasing need for healthy, moisture handling, fuel efficient and long lasting buildings this research proposes that the thermal performance of hempcrete and binder type as porous building materials are effective measurements to establish the relation between density and hyrothermal performance, and can establish the influence of climate type on hempcrete optimum density. Supervisory Team: D. Newport, R. Tobe

P247  PhD

Fatemeh Rostami: A Place for Culture: Case Study Yazd, Iran The overall aim of this research is to learn from both the historic quarter and more contemporary development in Yazd, Iran. The research will suggest proposals to improve local urban design impact. It is expected that by researching and understanding the local life, needs, spatial practices, and analysing the relationship between the old and new parts, that are currently quite separate will help to decipher efficient and new methods and knowledge of urban design for future development of cities; as well how traditional cities can better accommodate these contradictions in accordance with their resident’s needs embracing local geographical factors. Supervisory Team: R. Tobe, C. Hadrys, R. Karthaus

phd.1 Simulation created with the use of Integrated Environmental Solutions - Virtual Environment (IES-VE) and REVIT ‘Green Building Studio’ building performance evaluation software packages. Research by Bertug Ozarisoy phd.2 Testing software packages and understanding their ability to simulate the energy performance of specific typologies


PhD.2 P249  PhD

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Architecture + Design UEL yearbook 2017  

Architecture + Design UEL yearbook 2017 Editor: Dr Anastasia Karandinou Graphic Designer: Jon Spencer ISBN 9780993596353

Architecture + Design UEL yearbook 2017  

Architecture + Design UEL yearbook 2017 Editor: Dr Anastasia Karandinou Graphic Designer: Jon Spencer ISBN 9780993596353