The work of ten students of the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies course produced for the Architectural Phenomena module in the academic year 2012-2013 has recently been exhibited as part of the MSc AAS 40th birthday celebration. The Visual Arguments poster exhibition concluded the second day of celebrations of the alumni social event, with prizes awarded to the three winning student posters.

Architectural Phenomena is a module offered during the second term of the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies course (currently renamed to MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities). The underlying basis of the module is the recognition that architecture arranges spatial, formal and social relationships and is imbued with theoretical ideas, intelligibility and meaning. Architectural Phenomena explores ideas involved in texts, buildings and architectural designs through the themes of space, form, function, cognition, perception, design creativity and cultural meaning. The course is structured through seminars and lectures introducing students to a selected body of canonical and contemporary texts, foundational and advanced ideas in architectural theory, social theory and space syntax. Students are encouraged to explore these issues through in-depth theoretical reflection built around class conversations, critical writing and analytical drawing.

As part of the course assignments, one task that students were called to respond to was the composition of a visual-verbal argument in the form of a poster. Developing and presenting ideas verbally and visually is an essential component in academic and professional practice. The students have interrogated selected theoretical texts to produce critical readings that try to add new layers of understanding and interpretation through a creative synthesis of images and ideas. The effect is to show how inexhaustive are the opportunities for reinterpretation and critical reflection contained in architectural theory and its possibilities for interaction with space syntax.

Posters were considered in relation to visual and textual criteria and the integration of both, as well as in terms of the originality, execution and interpretation of the visual argument.

1st winning prize: ‘Reorganization of Public Space in Second Empire Paris’, by Tania Oramas-Dorta. Interpretation of the text The Political Economy of Public Space, David Harvey, 2005.

 

2nd winning prize: ‘Representation or Embodied Experience’, by Ida Feltendal. On The Naked City, Situationist International, Guy Debord, and Asger Jorn, 1967.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd winning prize: ‘On the Effect of Panopticism to the Public Space’, by Wente Pan. On Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault, 1979.

OPEN CALL

arts and creative media projects
theory and research papers
architecture and urban design proposals

opening 10.08.2012
closing 28.09.2012

 

London the (n)ever-changing city

London has a reputation of a vibrant, dynamic city constantly reinventing and transforming itself; a highly adaptable organism that embraces change and, like an astute tradesman, turns it to its own advantage. From street-fashions to the redevelopment of entire urban areas, London is an ever-changing city. Yet, despite its apparent dynamism, this is the never-changing city of a society functioning through a remarkably resilient class-system, where Victorian houses keep resisting ‘continental’ apartment buildings, their residents peacefully ruled by a partly unelected and hereditary system of governance.

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This often-quoted epigram by Alphonse Karr, could fittingly refer to these observations. But in what ways does this really apply on the city? Which are London’s never-changing substrata? And which are its ever-changing manifestations? How do they impact on one-another? Can change and innovation happen in the absence of a rigid framework? Or can it be that stable and robust infrastructures actually form the basis for change in the superstructure of the city? Does this change really matter? To who, and under what conditions? In what ways does the city’s built environment change in response to socio-economic forces? How does it itself impede or support socio-economic change?

Submissions of work exploring this theme are invited in the following categories:
a. arts and creative media projects
b. theory and research papers
c. architecture and urban design proposals

Participants are invited to register through online individually or as a team of a maximum of five members. Registered participants can submit their work online by 12.00 midnight London time, Friday 28 September 2012.

For more information visit http://www.urbantranscripts.org