real empowering the all users’ communities. - We aim the students to take care of themselves -body and soul- as experimental approach to their designs. EX-UNIT22 STUDENTS REFLECTIONS. Adam Holland. Unit22 and Everyday Life Problems. For a man it’s 15 hours a week and for a woman, 26. That’s the amount of time the Office for National Statistics suggests on average we spend on housework a week! It’s more time than many of us think, but when trying to balance gender roles, a busy career and a hectic social life, for many, doing the ironing and mowing the lawn do become some of life’s little problems. In Unit22 we tried to address the amount of time we spend on housework by proposing a social housing scheme that relies on building communal facilities for many common household tasks such as laundry and cooking, removing these functions from private residences. Research suggests that when these tasks are shared collectively we can reduce the time individuals spend on housework, house prices and energy consumption by decreasing the total floor area required to be constructed, whilst actually increasing the amount of living space residents have access to. Anthony Staples. Unit22 and a definition of architecture that goes beyond style. We design for use. But knowing how our designs will be used is not straightforward. Throughout an object’s lifecycle there will be multiple users and functions, some entirely unpredictable at the outset. Rather than viewing this complexity as a problem we must identify an opportunity. An opportunity to begin a process that is multiple, continuous and as open-ended as feasibly possible. Yet there is no need to embark on this journey unaided. To quote the Belgian architect Lucien Kroll - “we are the architects, and I don’t want to escape the responsibility of being or deciding... but I do not want to decide alone.” Jawad Hafid. Unit22 and strategic urban dimension. It is impossible to appreciate any piece of architecture whilst polarising it from its immediate physical, social and political contexts. The work of Unit 22 encompasses a strategic urban dimension which thereby allows every propositional construct to exist within a much wider reality than is normally the case in architectural design. The proposed architecture is not only influenced by its surroundings however – in many cases it also influences, and sometimes entirely recreates the wider context in which it is placed. Ronald Cheape. Unit22 and Environmental local concern. Architects should feel burdened by the guilt of being the starting point in the chain that leads to the largest emitter’s – the construction industry’s - carbon emissions, and should look to design to enhance and regenerate the environment in which their projects are sited. This mind set encourages the siting of projects in some of our most beautiful, underpopulated and underused landscapes where we might currently only dream of living but where there is space, clean air and renewable resources to be tapped by more evenly distributed populations.
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