Year 3 Studio - Urban Regeneration in the Mega City
David Mathewson is the MA Urban Design Course Leader, a Senior Lecturer, and MA International Planning Spatial Pathway Lead, and has been teaching at Westminster since 2012. He studied at the AA, the University of Texas, and Westminster, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. and has more than 20 years of urban design and architecture practice experience in the UK, USA, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. David is a graduate of the MA International Planning and Sustainable Development course at WestminsterRead More...
Abubokkar Siddiki is an architect and community planning specialist currently working on international development projects in Bangladesh and community planning efforts with Greenwich Council in Woolwich, London. He is also a graduate of the MA International Planning and Sustainable Development course at Westminster.Read More...
David Seex is a Part-Time Visiting Lecturer in Urban Design and Planning and was previously a Senior Lecturer at Westminster for over 30 years.Read More...
Senior Urban Designer at Urban Initiatives Studio; Karan Bakre
Senior Urban Designer at Grimshaw; Negar Ahmadpoor
Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at Anglia Ruskin University and Simona Palmieri
Senior Urban Designer at AECOM.
To Jane Connor, Head of Public Health Development and Alain Lodge, Senior Public Health Manager at Greenwich Council for liaising with the studio and providing lectures and other information; as well as Elizabeta Diakantonis, MArch student and studio PAL, for her help with crits, teaching & facilitating workshops.Read More...
The project is set within the Thamesmead and Abbey Wood Opportunity Area Planning Framework, one of GLA strategic development sites in the larger River Thames Opportunity Area, East London. It lies within the Royal Borough of Greenwich & London Borough of Bexley, historic settlements. The area dates back to 1178, when Lesnes Abbey was founded. The only local railway station opened at Abbey Wood in 1849, linking the area to central London. The first social housing was built by RACS in1900-1930, a precursor to the London County Council housing built in mid-1960s. The design of the new estates increased isolation. Architectural design reflected futuristic ideologies with elevated walkways, buildings & plazas to provide spaces for car parking & reduce flood risk, however became neglected. This isolation encourages car use, impacts local economy & reinforces deprivation. Prepared in consultation with GLA, Greenwich & Bexley councils & TfL, the current opportunity area calls for the extension of the DLR to Thamesmead and beyond, 15,000 new homes & 8,000 new jobs. Students undertake a spatial design project in 2 parts: Urban design group analysis & three-dimensional design framework during the Fall semester to assess challenges and highlight solutions. An individual architectural and public realm design proposal for smaller sites in the Spring semester.Read More...