A selection of the exhibitions UEL have contributed to and prizes won this year
RIBA President’s Medals ‘Cultural Perforation Of Madrid, Disruption Of The Defined’ SOM Foundation Award Fellowship Winner 2014 Kent Gin, Unit C, Tutors: Clara Kraft Isono & Satoshi Isono.
What will museums be like in the future? As more and more public space is privatized, the project proposes the museum as a place that is accessible and civically responsible. By finding new ways in which the museum can thrive, using challenges as opportunities to test new business and en gagement models, the project discovers new forms of engagement both architecturally and pro grammatically. It creates a more sustainable model where live and work co-exists alongside the museum activities. The project is set within the existing building of the Palace of Conde Duque, one of the largest buildings in Madrid, which from the 17th century until the beginning of the 20th century a Royal Guards Corps barracks. It was only in 1983 that the Conde Duque was reborn as the cultural center it is today. It remains as one of the most important buildings of Madrid and is working hard to
retain a presence in the city’s cultural scene. However the intimidating former military facilities have failed to create a vibrant cultural community and re-organisation of the centre is long overdue. Following conversations with Pablo Berastegui, the Cultural Director of the Centre I developed a design and program strategy that would invigorate the site and allow it to realise its full potential. The proposal consists of a mixed use live and work community named La Villa Del Conde Duque. The introduction of live and work spaces allows young creatives in the Universidad district to coexist in the social cultural centre. Becoming a hub for the thriving arts, cultural and entertainments scene, creating affordable homes and job opportunities for locals in an area where unemployment is at its highest ever.
Above and opposite page (bottom): Kent Gin - RIBA President’s Medals SOM Foundation Award Fellowship Winner. Opposite page (top): Liverpool. Assemble studio.
PRIZES AND EXHIBITIONS
Turner Prize shortlist Assemble, an architecture collective based in east london, have been nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize. Four members of Assemble teach at UEL, two in first year and two leading the undergraduate Unit F. The work of Unit F in 2014 on the Little Klondyke estate in Liverpool formed part of the wider research that underpins the Turner Prize nomination. The unit surveyed and made proposals for the radical re-use of the many thousands of empty terraced houses in Liverpool and other cities in the UK following the damaging effects of the Government’s Housing Market Renewal Initiative.