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Fall semester 2008 : The LONDON PROGRAMME

Paris and London are nowadays so close and similar in certain fundamental ways (size and national role) but quite different in attitude and habit. The River Seine has a very different dimension to the Thames and the role played by ‘locality’ is more ambiguous and complex in London. The architectural community in London is more international and the student there tends to respond to a wider set of parameters and design more thoroughly - and this is what we want you to do in our Studio. We hope also that the drawings of Lim and Woods can act as an inspiration.
The medieval London Bridge carried houses on it and in 1996 the Royal Academy held the exhibition ‘Living Bridges’ in which many projects from known architects, including Zaha Hadid and Future Systems, were shown. The subject offers scope for the exploration of dynamics, structures, form and a way of re-thinking the city.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

The Institute of research on the Thames's vulnerabilities

1 comment:

Atelier Peter Cook / Caroline Rabourdin said...

I like very much Cecile’s diagram/proposal since it states very clearly what she is about and the relevance of the illustrations. I think that the Monday evening on 6 Oct will be useful to her in REINFORCING the need for an INVENTIVE response. Always, of course, the question of how much DETAIL or AUTHENTIC research is necessary in order to move forward. How much can we do on “HUNCH” and how much do we need (perhaps) as designers to sit on the coat-tails of a particular piece of scientific research/data/evidence/theory/demography etc ?
I hope we can talk about that in the next days with Cecile : I am not worried about her intelligence or her approach : just the direction of time .