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Studio 1.1 – 2009/10

Image of modelled buildings on a street

The first semester introduced and prepared the more comprehensive and complex second semester design projects and their engagement with the London Green Grid through two complementary assignments, which were shared across the year cohort. The study of thresholds in and around St Pancras Station sparked proposals for a small intervention, facilitating “last minute” activities. The year cohort then travelled to Vienna, introducing the second assignment with visits to seminal buildings and spaces. Observations on site, as well as research drawing on published sources, led to drawings and models, and investigated how a series of indoor and outdoor spaces might relate to each other and their urban environment.

In second semester, studios pursued a variety of specific agendas:

Engaging with the wider context of Guy Street Park, studio 1.1 students mapped, photographed, drew, and diagrammed a series of urban approaches. Personal discoveries and emerging interests ranged impetuously, from the presence (and absence) of CCTV, to thresholds and vertical rhythm and beyond. Individually and collectively, these interests became referents for projects proposing a book clinic and community library.