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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.

Monday, 13 October 2008

1 comment:

caroline rabourdin said...

interesting idea.You should look at the history of sea side town piers in the uk.Brighton being the first example, there's also the Weston-Super-Mare which burnt down last summer. they are not only part of Britain's history but also very succesful with their weird 'arcade' feel.Structurally this project should also be a challenge, can you think of what it would be made of?