Dr. Corinna Dean is a member of the Emerging Territories Research Group, UoW. She founded the Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture, ARCA publishing Slacklands and works in collaboration with Leep Architects on public space projects and a wilding and adaptive project in Suffolk of a collection of former agricultural buildings as well as projects for the Canal + Rivers Trust and creative engagement programmes.Read More...
Dr Ursula Dimitriou is a practicing architect and researcher. Her field of expertise is Public Space, Commons, Design and Social Sustainability, Grassroots Urban practices, Theatrical and Ephemeral Practices in the Urban Space. She is the co-director of studio SYN (www.studiosyn.co.uk).Read More...
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Our first semester project explored the very real question of adapt, reuse and transformation, turning our focus onto the 1980’s colourful but now defunct arcaded structure, Stroudley Walk, Bow, London Through our studio themes: ecologies of care, performance, we engaged with activating the public realm through actions, observations and green strategies. Students were asked to observe and explore the site using different tactics to engage with how communities live together building in resilience, climate urbanism and programmatic creativity. Proposals for temporary uses through acupuncture/ insertions/ incisions/grafting were led by a focus on the public realm. Semester 2 turned it focus to ecology and the relationship between nature and the urban-use of post-industrial sites which took us to Cody Dock on the Lower Lea Valley. We analysed the conditions of wetland sites, local ecologies, flora and fauna in the Lower Lea Valley with an introduction by the ecologist on site. Cody Dock is undergoing a large scale River Remediation programme, and observing and engaging with this project we focused on how design thinking responded to the degraded nature of the water and how Cody Dock responded with original programmatic strategies to create a resilient future with a unique land management system. Working closely with Cody Dock the organisation performed as real life client where students presented research, design and construction techniques to Cody Dock as part of thRead More...