RESCALE – RESearch into Cities, Architecture, Landscape, Environment
RESCALE understands our constructed environment as a material and temporal practice, where new elements are understood as being contingent upon that which already exists. We are concerned with continuity, and consider context in social, political, economic and environmental, as well as physical terms, from buildings through to cities and landscapes.
Our work is situated within an understanding of place but also within a broader ethical framework. It is inclusive, non-judgemental and open to the complexity and heterogeneity of contemporary conditions. As such we see our disciplines as synthetic, necessarily encompassing and relating a broad spectrum of expertise and understanding, from building science to history and theory. We are concerned with how things are made and conditions cultivated within such complex contexts and the ways in which they are represented and communicated to others. Open to the lessons of the past but emphatically concerned with our own time and future need, we are reflective practitioners who both think and do.
RESCALE brings together the work of individual researchers and practitioners, whilst embracing two specialist practice-based research and enterprise consultancies: ArchiLab (founded 2006) and Landscape Interface Studio (founded 2004), the directors of which are engaged with research, research student supervision and knowledge exchange.
ArchiLab, the School’s state-of-the-art sustainable and environmental design facility, has successfully secured significant funding (in excess of £680,000) for research studentships (Audi Design Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)) and three major Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and InnovateUK. This facility has also started to secure funded consultancy work through Innovation Vouchers on a variety of projects involving collaboration with local architectural practice.
Landscape Interface Studio
The Landscape Interface Studio has a track record of European Regional Development Fund consultancy projects with particular focus on water, places and people. In addition, the studio has secured AHRC and Kingston University’s Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice funding in excess of £350,000 for research projects in collaborations with creative industry SMEs and professional practice.
The Department of Architecture & Landscape is uniquely placed within a UK context, drawing together a broad spectrum of built environment disciplines and its professions, encompassing architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urbanism, heritage, building conservation and the building sciences. These recognised professional areas operate symbiotically within the School, addressing wider cultural concerns around history and theory, interpretation and representation, and drawing from broadly defined visual and material practices.
The Department of Architecture & Landscape has exhibited work at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and been named as one of the top 50 UK schools of architecture in Europe by internationally-renowned design journal DOMUS.