DS 20


Maria Kramer


Maria Kramer founded the Live Design Practice, developing Live Projects and 1:1 Interventions with the most recent one a 3-year QHT funded community hub project. She is a tutor for the Professional Practice Part III Course and director at the architecture studio Room 102 with its main interest in and realm of community-driven projects. www.openstudiowestminster.org/beyond-studio/live-design-practice/


Corinna Dean


Corinna Dean is a member of the Emerging Territories Research Group. She founded the Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture andnhas carried out a series of co-production projects working with the Canal + Rivers Trust. Her current research looks at narratives aroundncontamination in the River Lea as part of the British Council Gender Ecologies project.n


Guest Critics

Wilfred Achilles
Scott Batty
Alastair Blyth
Anke Böhm
Harry Charrington
Tom Cohen
Tina Bergman
Marcus Lee
Roudaina Al Khani
Will McLean
Maryam Safe
Julian Williams
Issias Yohanes



QHT, Sponsor: Rodeca, Nicholas Alexander, OfCA, Simon Myers



Wilfred Achilles, Tim Brodgen, Peter Bonfield, Harry Charrington, Tom Cohen, Nic Henninger, Will McLean, Chris Meloy, Simon Myers, Enrica Papa, Huan Rimington,, Nick Runeckles, Ro Spankie, Ben Stringer, Steve Webb, Camilla Wilkinson, Julian Williams


HOW IS THE practice of architecture responsibly formed in terms of creating new social and cultural relationships to our natural environment? This is the question DS20 students responded to in the context of the post-industrial landscape around Cody Dock. The abandoned former coke smelting dock is now a thriving ecological base adjacent to the River. DS20 students explored how to create neighbourhoods which encourage social interactions and meaningful places while promoting ecological awareness and ‘civic-ness’, to strengthening local identity and culture. The locus for this analysis was the unique opportunity to work with a diverse set of clients who informed the studio’s Live Project, the QHT-funded (university) ‘The Growing Space’ at Cody Dock. Here the students have are gaining direct, hands-on experience and able to be involved in all work stages, including the construction phase. We promote a bottom-up architectural approach, developing an in-depth understanding of inhabitation and programmatic activity. Through this process students develop a deeper understanding of the complex relationships between spatial, political, economic and social factors. In parallel to the Live Studio developed ambitious individual investigative proposals. The projects explored dynamic interactions between the existing conditions and future biophysical forces explored with projects such as ‘Living Build Centre’, an ‘Inhalorium’ and ‘Ruderal Autopoiesis’.