Architecture of multiple authorship: beyond the academic year (conference paper)

Denicke-Polcher, Sandra (2015) Architecture of multiple authorship: beyond the academic year (conference paper). In: Architecture and Resilience on the Human Scale, Cross-Disciplinary Conference, 10-12 September 2015, University of Sheffield.

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The research is based at the Cass School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University, and examines socially engaged live projects within the school’s design studio. As deadlines of live projects with real collaborators and partners are not defined by the academic calendar, the studio involves different student cohorts over several years during different phases of a project, ultimately enabling an on-going live and adapting engagement with a place and its community. The paper suggests a new structure within the academic institution, which sits between academia, practice and the city. Every year, the participating students learn a different skill driven by the city and its environment, however, always in relation to previous cohorts’ activities whose work they take over to develop while it evolves. Not only do the students benefit from working on projects with continuous involvement in a specific place, but the ongoing engagement with a place also empowers communities and influences the profession of the architect. Students gain a presence in the place and establish new networks amongst communities, all required to make comprehensive and often radical changes within the city, which include physical as well as social designs. This experience equips students with a skill-set to develop self-initiated projects. As a result, the paper proposes reducing the current education from seven years to an EU competitive length of five years, where the practical year-out experience recommended by the RIBA occurs during the academic education through attending the Live Projects Studio. In order to discuss this method of teaching, the paper focuses on a case study situated in Hayes, West London, which started in 2012 and is currently ongoing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architecture live projects; on-going projects beyond academic year; student experience; new forms of practicing architecture; shortening architectural education; self-initiated projects
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 720 Architecture
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Sandra Denicke
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 09:36
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 11:28


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