As is customary at the beginning of the academic year, the school takes part in a week-long project involving teams of roughly 20 people across each year. The brief required us to develop ideas on future living in the city, in particular along Oxford Road, as the city council aims to make it a ‘World Class Street’.
Our project imagined dwelling as a transitory inhabitation in which the homeowner may move from place to place within their contained living space and the students were asked to design their living space for a chosen occupant.
My application to work at the university was accepted and this academic year I am contracted to one day a week assisting in the model making workshop. Applicants were required to diagram 'What makes a good session?' and include a 300 word statement on the link between skills and design.
The job entails aiding the technicians by assisting the undergraduates with the laser-cutter, the flat bed paper cutter and the 3D printer. Looking forward to it!
After a few late nights, my group and I completed our exam with full marks! I have made some wonderful friends in Italy and benefitted from an alternative perspective on design. Grazie mille miei amici: Francesco Madinelli, Edoardo Sartorato, Gabriele Folador e Matteo Isacco!
I captured this photo during the April showers period in Venice. It shows the flooded San Marco square. I hadn’t’ realised it floods every year! I’m almost halfway through my study period and the enjoying the Venezian lifestyle. I live in the Castello region and it’s truly beautiful.
My project was displayed at a small exhibition in Bakewell, a town in the Peak District. This was also the location of the proposed site, so locals could visit and understand the implications of house design in an area with conservation measures.
As part of my project submission, I’ve designed a presentation model to articulate my final design. The model makes use of different model making techniques and materials, including MDF, plywood, softwood, paint, wood staining, hand cut, laser cut and 3D printed parts.
A section is cut through the home and workshop of the Blacksmith, around the chimney stack which anchors the different spaces whilst providing heat.
Through the concept development of my project, I am exploring the design of a home for a blacksmith and I’ve visited a local Blacksmith from Blackwell, the neighbouring town of Bakewell, (where the current project is based).
Darren Ainsworth is a true artisan and was fantastic at introducing me to the methods of traditional forging. We discussed architecture, forging, woodwork and my upcoming study trip to Venice; I’ve been told there is plenty of traditional ironmongery out there to admire!
I’ve come to India for two weeks to attend my friend’s and former work colleagues wedding in Bangalore! It was lovely to catch up with them and also use the opportunity to visit other parts of India. What a vast and beautiful place it is too. Chandigarh was an essential stop, especially in light of my selected dissertation topic. The city itself had a real vibrancy though the linear axis of Le Corbusier was ubiquitous. The Capitol Complex felt rather sad and absent in comparison to the Great Lake and Sector 4 however.
The Dissertation research is underway, after a variation of reading, I’ve taken interest in Latour’s anthropology of modernity. I’m particularly interested in his analysis of processes which constitute a dialectic. The diagram presented by Latour particularly caught my interest between the Work of Purification and Translation.
I plan to apply the ideas of Bruno Latour to the Modernist Le Corbusier, and analyse his work from the ‘Amodern’ perspective. Perhaps from here we can dispel some sense of mystery which seems to stem from his literature.
Further to the model building exercise, I worked with the atelier to produce a book aimed at collating a vast range of information relating to the idea of the home. The research covered insight and analysis of the home over the course of history and subsequently unpicked conventions including privacy, intimacy, room types and the role of the fireplace.
It demonstrated the parallels and differences of today’s home with yesterdays.