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Chloe Skry (Y5) - Post-War Shifts, The Continuing Discourse on Centrality: Harlow New Town, UK

David Jones (Y5) - Icebergs and whales: the metaphoric quality of the ground plane in city-making

Policy shifts since the 1940s have greatly altered the mechanisms for funding the creation, renewal and maintenance of town centres. The resulting moves made by public and private bodies and various partnerships thereof are read through a single town, Harlow. As one of the New Town developments, the original welfare state intentions for this heavily zoned town greatly mismatch with the resulting centre that was built over the next thirty years; the variations in the developing plan clearly show these rapidly changing political values. Out of town retail, housing and business parks continue to be developed for greenfield sites at the edge of the town despite a quickly vacating retail centre. This project proposes the merging of a proposed science park as part of Harlow’s recent designation as an Enterprise Zone with the town centre as a more liveable strategy for regeneration.

London’s megabasement boom is documented through what is likely its most expressive stages in Kensington and Chelsea. The designs represent extraordinary potential, specifically in their treatment of the ground plane. The so-called ‘iceberg home’ is firstly examined socioeconomically, and the trend is justified amid a super-super-gentrification process. However theory on the museum is also drawn from heavily: to what degree does excavating beneath a listed building lend it artefact-status and leave it haunted like an abandoned city or a taxidermied whale? An appropriate design process is used to develop and test the experience of the megabasement through a series of proposals.

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ArcSoc Summer Exhibition 2015 : University of Cambridge  

Arcsoc is proud to present the annual Architecture Summer Show, the culmination of a year’s design work in the Cambridge studios. We are bri...

ArcSoc Summer Exhibition 2015 : University of Cambridge  

Arcsoc is proud to present the annual Architecture Summer Show, the culmination of a year’s design work in the Cambridge studios. We are bri...

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