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UNIT A

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CARSTEN JUNGFER, FELIX XYLANDER-SWANNELL

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. Unit A engages in domains between architecture and urbanism and is interested in adaptive design methodologies at architectural scale that respond to the public realm. With a focus on East London we are investigating urban fragmentation that occurs as side-effect of infrastructural development, which continues to transform London’s urban and architectural landscape. Railway corridors, viaducts and the docks were ‘carved’ out of London’s ‘geological fabric’ to accommodate the demands of global trade but also serving the local demand for mobility of goods and people between East London, Docklands and areas beyond. We are searching for traces of past activities, for cracks, gaps and fault-lines along the railway viaduct between Tower Gateway and Poplar station that defines the study area for this year. By sampling the everyday and the specific and revealing “geologies of place”, the resulting architectural proposals are based on an understanding of context and the underlying spatial dynamics of site. We understand the design process as a multi-layered discourse consisting of physical model-making, bespoke drawing techniques and reference to theory, in order to communicate readings of contextual qualities of urban/ architectural conditions. The idea of ‘junction’ was

Cologne, WUPPERTAL, Germany

explored this year as means to reconcile local and translocal scales and to test strategic design interventions with the aim to unlock new opportunities by speculating on new forms of connective architectural typologies.

“Architecture is a vital penetration into a multi-layered, mysterious, evolved, and structured reality. Its creative function is to manifest the task by which it is confronted, to integrate itself into that which already exists, to accentuate and amplify its surroundings. It always consists in the recognition of the genius loci out of which it grows.” O.M. Ungers

UEL yearbook 2015  
UEL yearbook 2015  
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