• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length2 years

MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation

In a world where established customs, systems and structures are increasingly unstable there is a need for a different kind of architectural thinking - one that identifies and exploits opportunities, and address the challenges of contemporary society.

On this course you'll explore the edges of the disciplinary boundaries of architecture, and test design approaches which respond to the burgeoning need for contemporary city design to focus not only on the traditional ‘hard’ infrastructures of buildings, transport and engineering, but also the softer infrastructures of social networks, organisation and human interactions.

This course is part of the Spacial Practices Programme. 

Great reasons to apply

  • MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation has been designed to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time
  • Prepare yourself for entry into a changing profession – the practice of architecture continues to go through changes, MA Architecture Cities and Innovation offers you the opportunity to engage with the challenges of the future now
  • Explore the role of architecture in creating sustainable communities – architecture can be much more than designing new buildings. On this Course you will challenge the traditional role of the architect, and develop new ways of working that engage with real and long-term sustainability
  • Engage in professional practice as part of your studies – you are required to undertake 10 weeks of industry placement as a part of your studies. Through this, you will have the opportunity to engage with and understand both existing forms of practice and to posit new ways of working
  • Work closely with communities, clients and social enterprise – projects and opportunities on the Course will bring you into contact with communities, clients and social enterprises which seek to open up new approaches to your role as a future architect
  • Collaborate with other professions – architectural practice constantly requires that you are able to communicate and collaborate with other professionals. MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation creates opportunities for students to work with other professions, both within the College and outside.
Adrea
Adrea

Adrea

Alistair
Alistair

Alistair

Arts and crafts
Arts and crafts

Arts and crafts 

Conor
Conor

Conor

Fountain
Fountain

Fountain

Jo
Jo

Jo

Laurence
Laurence

Laurence

Marc
Marc

Marc

Matt
Matt

Matt

Nicholas Rurban
Nicholas Rurban

Nicholas Rurban

Single Tower
Single Tower

Single Tower

Watts
Watts

Watts

Willam
Willam

Willam

Zhan
Zhan

Zhan

MA Architecture on Instagram

  • Congratulations to Gemma Holyoak Hamblin winner of the inaugural Spatial Practices Jyothi Pillay Memorial Award 🥇 for her project State Tactics.  @gemmaleigh_h
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Jyothi Pillay was a curious, independent, and talented young architect. In all her projects there was a deep curiosity and willingness to engage with other people in the community, often those marginalized or underrepresented, and to use her architectural knowledge and expertise as a force for assisting people.
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In memory of Jyothi, the Programme has established a Memorial Prize to be awarded annually to a graduating student who demonstrates a talent, compassion and sensitivity for community engagement.
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Dartford: A New Localism
By Joseph Hamblin
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Can we seize the opportunities offered in the localism act to drive development in our towns
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There is a clear political divide between out town and cities, this is arguably in part down to our economic system being heavily balanced in favour of our urban centres. Pioneering the move towards a new form of localism is Preston Council. They are rejecting todays typical neo-liberal procurement practices and instead shaping the market in favour of local SME’s. Their progressive tactics are broadening the ownership of the economy, offering opportunities for innovation on a neighbourhood scale and making Preston more democratic.
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If this economic system were to become common place how would our towns regenerate in support of it? .
These questions are played out in Dartford, a town on the edges of London, which currently has significant investment into town centre developments. .
In the face of the mass demolition of Lowfield Street - a former high street which was bought by Tesco and abandoned 15 years later - I propose a mass salvage mission, one where we pick up the pieces left behind by Tesco and with them we build a civic institution as a marker of Dartford’s new beginning. The proposition comes first at the neighbourhood scale, then focusses on a new civic square and market hall as the foundation of the town centre.
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Key collaborators in the work are the local museum and archives, Town Ward Councillors and Dartford Big Local. Each scale of the proposition is aimed towards a mixture of these collaborators and in some instances has been designed in collaboration with them.
  • State Tactics 
by @gemmaleigh_h .
Can Southwark Council deliver homes that integrate with the existing fabric and involve local residents and businesses in the area’s regeneration?
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With a target to build 20,000 homes across the Old Kent Road opportunity area, the latest draft of the Area Action plan outlines how these will be delivered through ‘mixed use’ developments across retail and industrial sites. Thirty percent of the opportunity area is council owned housing built in the 1960s-70s by the LCC and GLC, which are low density and in major need of repair. The regeneration team at Southwark Council are currently exploring options for the redevelopment of the Tustin Estate which “could involve the large scale demolition of the majority of the estate”. How can Southwark Council deliver density across the opportunity area through infill housing whilst upgrading their existing estates? By establishing a studio on the estate, one where planners can hot-desk from and local residents can run events, council officers can initiate a network of interested residents and businesses - challenging the technocratic nature of their practice. Projects from existing funding streams for community projects and major works can be planned alongside one another for the estate's renewal at different scales. With improvements to existing housing and residents involved with the estate’s renewal, infill housing can increase the site’s density and integrate with the social and tectonic fabric of the estate.
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#oldkentroad #tustinestate #pilgrimswayprimary #londonhousing #planning
  • The show is on the road and the catalog is out! 
Designed to make you happy by the wonderful @mmmaaarrrcccooosss and @christopher.a.lawson. Come visit and claim your copy. .
Degree Show 2 is open until this Saturday. #csmemerge #csm2018 #studyarchitectureatartschool
  • Performing Planning
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How can performance challenge the way we address planning and policy? By @matthewedwardbrown .
This project explores the public enactment of planning through performance. If we consider planning as an urban right which should be universally engaged with, publicly celebrated, and constantly challenged, then planning can be a form of critique as well as direct action. By understanding planning as a form of performance, the project explores another way of city making based on actions, using performance, events and curious objects to generate inventive responses to policy. This approach is a rebuttal to the notion of planning as stifling and bureaucratic, instead arguing that by setting out how we want to live in the future, planning develops the rules for our freedom. .
Through a live project situated in Croydon, Performing Planning explores a new home for three meanwhile organisations: Croydon Saffron Central, Turf Projects and Beats Learning, using design to highlight the tensions of this sharing dynamic. The combination of these organisations is a performance in itself, like the proposed construction and phasing of the architectural proposal. By making the burdens and opportunities of meanwhile projects explicit, the inevitable conflicts that will arise are acknowledged from the offset. The architectural design embraces stains, risk, adaptability, and acknowledging tensions as design tools.
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Through this form of situated practice, the project shows how the agency of student work can nurture new forms of practice and explores how architects and other spatial practitioners can play a more critical role in the development of the city. On a wider scale, it speculates about the role performance can play in the public discussion around planning policy.
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Croydon Saffron Central - #croydonsaffroncentral, @badgerjellyfish, Turf Projects, @turfprojects, _matthewrust
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The Hackney Repair Archive by Dan Wilkins
@hackney_repair_archive .
Creativity and design’s role in the public realm as state power for our civic spaces diminishes .
The Hackney Repair Archive (HRA) is an initiative to bring the art & design of repair to the green and public spaces of Hackney. We believe in the power of community, design and creativity to deliver positive change in our cities. The work we do seeks to broaden the scope of art, design and creativity in the public realm. We work with communities and stakeholders to deliver catalytic actions, creative repairs and interventions in the neglected and overlooked parts of our city with a particular focus on green spaces and public parks. Can we reframe the act of maintenance as a creative discipline and in doing so find new economic models to protect our public resources? Using Hackney Downs as an incubator site to test methodologies for a borough wide initiative this project explores ways of using community action and design to protect under and unused council assets for community benefit. The architectural proposition centers around the reimagining of Hackney Downs park, a much loved but under resourced public park in the centre of the borough. Looking towards alternative forms of protection, production and maintenance. Can we find positivity in the midst of a public funding crisis to develop a rhizome of projects that engage communities in shaping their cities. By redirecting funding from the realms arts and education the HRA reframes the production, maintenance and use of public space as a form of socially engaged arts practice. From small-scale actions of repair and inclusion to proposing new systems of management and repair for existing buildings and infrastructure HRA is working with a number of community groups and charities to secure a new future for the park.
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www.hackneyrepairarchive.com
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FINISHING TOUCHES
Private view Tue 19th June
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#csmemerge 
#csm2018 
#architecture
  • A Network of Members Rooms for Precarious Workers by Amy O'Shaughnessy @ames9 
How do Service workers in transient conditions operate across the City?

This is an exploration into the invisible workforce of London.  The nature of work is changing; precarious work is on the increase. In Post Fordist Capitalism the organization of service labour is increasingly facilitated by outsourced contracts and virtual technologies. Many are labelling this resurgence as the gig economy, and as this type of work becomes the norm, so too do new forms of organization. Two research studies; How London Works, undertaken whilst on placement at the Greater London Authority and How the Instant City Works, a research project at Glastonbury festival 2017 traced the threads between essential goods and services, people and skills needed to supply cultural economies. The studies progressed into an understanding of the individual role of the service worker within London through the lens of two active unions IWGB and UVW, to propose a new typology of member’s rooms for workers that provide spaces for self organization, mutual assurance, solidarity and ultimately to redistribute value to the service worker. Inspired by workers shelters like the Cabmen’s Shelter, a proposed network of satellite members rooms provide spaces to help overcome the isolation and individualization of the “entrepreneurs” of the gig-economy. Located on street edges and corners where nodes are informally produced through the gathering of workers; riders at ‘zone centres’ whilst waiting for the next delivery, or the gathering of cleaners waiting for the bus. Offering spaces for the workers to meet and gather or a sheltered place to hide away, the rooms will provide the basic amenity for the workers and also permanent street infrastructure into London’s high streets.
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Party for Youth Democracy by Chirag Patel @chigi321
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Can engaging young people in city production have an impact on our wider political discourse?
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The biggest political divide in Britain is age. Age is the new key indicator for voting intention. Combining this with an ageing population and consistently lower voting turn out amongst young people, we begin to see a political imbalance which risks leaving young people marginalised within our society. In order to engage anyone politically you must demonstrate that taking action can create a tangible difference in your own life and the lives of those around them. .
Exploring the nature of city making as a political act, a ‘Party for Youth Democracy’ will be held in Beckenham Place Park, south Lewisham. With access to public space increasingly being played out through organised events, the festival will provide an opportunity for young people to create a presence not only physically within the public realm, but also in the conversation about how it is used.
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Proposed to work in conjunction with the Young Makers’ Agency (YMA), a youth group based near the park, the festival will be coordinated with a series of workshops, where members will help design, curate and build the festival. The festival will be a vehicle for exposing young people to interesting creative practitioners whilst giving them an opportunity to express their own creativity.
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Aiming to make the park more accessible, particularly to local young people, the festival will initially draw new people to the space through event and spectacle, creating a more permanent presence in the park through collective memory and leaving behind positive additions to the park infrastructure which use play, forum and interaction to encourage plurality.
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#party #lewisham #youthdemocracy
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Island & Land:  A Public Place for Socialized Childcare and Park Protection 
By Jon Shmulevitch .
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Can providing an infrastructure for public socialised childcare reinforce citizen led protections for a precious public space?
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Graham Street Park in Islington is under threat. The area has been dominated by high end residential development over the past 10 years and the surrounding public space is slowing becoming privatised. A network of local parents have begun to use an abandoned building on the site to practise a form of socialised childcare and in turn have become a voice of the park and a pocket of resistance. The space has come under threat several times in its life and saved by strong public campaigning. The proposal builds upon the current use as a place for childcare while mythologising its history and past struggle in order to reenforce citizen led protection of this vital public asset. Their need for alternative childcare is a reflection  of the pressures faced by parents in the UK. Since 2008 costs have risen 48% while wages have followed at 12%. Inner London cost are more than a third more expensive than the rest of UK. Childcare responsibilities stop many from entering the workforce. Traversing and existing the urban landscape is a treacherous task for the parent. The proposal explores what a public space, specifically designed for sharing childcare could be. Our proposal will be celebrated with an temporary floating creche that will be launched this summer on the water of the City Road Basin.
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Re-Living Archive: 
Urban Transformation through the re-enactment of radical historical projects across Tottenham
by Shamiso Oneka. @oneka.s
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What would it take to decolonise the Institute unbinding it from hegemonies of knowledge, property and access?
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What would it take to decolonise the archive? To unbind the institution from existing hegemonies of knowledge, property and access. To relocate and reposition the history of the institution in dialogue with new audiences in the contemporary city. As practitioner-in-residence at the George Padmore Institute, an archive of Black and Asian culture and social activism near Finsbury Park, Shamiso performs in the roles of both provocateur and pragmatist, to challenge normative forms of knowledge gathering and memory preservation.
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The project reimagines the Institute as an exploded building, dispersed across the contested civic centre of Tottenham. Reenacting radical legacy projects that grew from within the institute, the project unpacks the archive into a series of programmatic activities that transform the meaning of the archive in relation to the everyday context of city, as another form of civic documentation. Campaigns by the Black Parents Movement are relived as After-School Club; The New Beacon Bookshop is relived as a place on the weekly market on Tottenham Green, and the archival collection is reimagined as a publicly accessible warehouse navigated by a digital catalogue.
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The GLA describe Tottenham as “un-paralleled for growth” referring to projects like HS2, the Mayor’s Creative Enterprise Zone initiative and Haringey Development Vehicle.  We have seen ‘growth’ and regeneration become synonymous with displacement and social cleansing; in Tottenham where are 78% of the population are non-white British, and the most deprived 4% in the country, ‘Re-Living Archive’ is a critical, collective network of solidarities in the landscapes of heritage and identity.
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#heritage 
#radicalarchive 
#archive 
#livingarchive
#TheGeorgePadmoreInstitute
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In The Making - Where there's muck, there's brass? by Billy Adams and Frederick Wiltshire .
How can we, as architects, engage communities through collective making to educate and share skills?
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How can a participatory making process empower people to alter, mediate and actively inhabit their environment?
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‘Where there’s muck there’s brass,’ is a phrase that relates to unseen potential. This unseen potential often resides in overlooked and underestimated places, objects, people scenarios and processes. It is the act of finding value in what is seen as useless or undesirable, and capitalising on the fact that these places, people and processes have been neglected in the first place. .
Architecture is always ‘in the making’; a constantly evolving phenomenon, not a static object. Appreciating this and encouraging it can lead to an architecture that is agile and democratic. Making can be used as a tool to engage people in the processes of architectural production; from collaboration and participation, through material exploration and design development, to construction and inhabitation. By encouraging and equipping people to intervene in these processes we can be empowered to alter, mediate and actively inhabit our environment, creating a more meaningful collaboration.
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@clitterhouse
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#frillyandbreddy #clitterhouse #clitterhousefarmproject #making #craft #dirt #brentcrossregen
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APPLY NOW - Only 2 Days left to get your applications in for @publicworks_uk Summer School in Denmark. Co-organised with Christian Richards, 1st year MArch student currently on placement at @roskildefestival .
For more information check www.publicworksgroup.net or link in bio @publicworks_uk
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Night Time Design: A London Strategy by @jehartshorne .
How to take a holistic design approach to the twenty four hour city
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London is increasingly becoming a twenty-four hour city. The introduction of the night tube and the commissioning of a London Night Czar prompts us, as designers, to reconsider our urban realm holistically.
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The night brings complex social, physical and economic conditions that are too often neglected and overlooked by spatial strategists. We prioritise the day and not the night. Under the cover of darkness the night tube supports two different system; one that is for recreational pleasure and the other for the economy.Exploring architectural and urban spaces through design strategy principles and a proposed London Night Time Design Guide, this project reimagines the way our cities physical and social fabric is formed. Architectural proposals are made for transport hubs and public realm; retrofitting Shoreditch High Street Overground station, added to the night tube network in December 2016, and Dalston’s redeveloped intersecting station complex, where Crossrail 2 will connect the two rail hubs. Light, sound, performance and culture drive the design principles, whilst a conscientious approach is made towards precarious and service workers; a constant unrecognised force that guarantee that our cities run successfully during the night. Through my design proposals and principles, London will lead as exemplar in twenty-four hour urban design. London is a 24 hour city and we must design for 24 hours.  #csmemerge #degreeshow #csm #csmnews #studyarchitectureatartschool #spatialpractices #london #nighttimeeconomy #nighttube #nighttime #designguide #nighttimedesign
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Vacant Possession by Hanelore Dumitrache
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How can meanwhile use spaces in regenerations become tools of social to avoid migrant destitution?
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“All throughout London there are spaces where people hide in plain sight, neglected by the outside world. Encampments are rarely associated with England, yet hundreds of Romanian migrant workers have called them ‘home’ since 2007. Following a journey into the unknown western society, migrant workers pass through various rites of passage before reaching the UK. Along their way and upon arrival, workers face injustices and exploitation by officials, in their undocumented work environment, while local authorities either turn a blind eye or unwillingly deport them back to Romania. Enfield borough hosts over 60 undocumented migrants, and the large Meridian Water regeneration may hold an alternative to their current situation. This project is a challenge towards meanwhile strategies in regeneration schemes, aiming to reclaim the potential of temporary use. Within the scheme, meanwhile use spaces become the main protagonist in creating an alternative way of living for the workers. Using their strong skillset in construction work, the migrants become craftsmen and artisans who offer the Enfield community a professional and cultural exchange, while becoming embedded in the local urban framework. Operating on a residency level, workers explore combined activities within the meanwhile proposal, and help generate a sustainable circular economy. Meanwhile spaces should not be used as a tool for regeneration, but they should become drivers for positive change and social integration. This project aims to explore possibilities of integrating migrant workers into the local community and give them the opportunity to gain a more permanent status, especially in the light of the upcoming removal from the EU.”
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@crisis_uk @thames.reach @commonwealtweets .
#meanwhile #migrant #brexit #socialinjustice
  • One drawing at a time.
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Space-Hacks | Independent Research Agency / on; A Decentralised, Creative and Open-Source City  by @luizandreqc .
How can we preserve London Hackspace Identity and Legacy, given the current 'House Hunting’?
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-We believe in a more civic and hybrid city, where local, sharing and creative ecologies, allow the city to retain a bit more of its social and economic diversity.
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-Local Council’s should support and trust local experimentation and innovation, by investing in creative community-run workshops.
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-We see the potential of collective spaces and actions upon individual ones, where ‘Do-ocracy’ allows for Informality and Self-Governing.
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-We invent and devise methods of ‘Tinkering-Space’ from within,  whereby the role of the spatial practitioner is understood as one of a proactive citizen.
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Taking the London Hackspace as our testing ground to evaluate the relevance of Collaborative Enterprise, we re-imagine spaces for creativity and innovation in a decentralized and open-source city. This vision configures alternative approaches to governance of shared spaces, where ecosystems based on the exchange of social capital enables the city to retain a bit more of its social and economic diversity.
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Considering the protection of the LHS as an institution, by retaining them as a sustainable organisation within a secure form of hybrid development, this project explores a strategy of 4 propositions to be taken on a 3 phase framework for the Bethnal Green Railway Arches network. 
We tackle the Railway Viaduct that connects Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath stations as a divisive infrastructural line, that can serve as a new physical platform for such creative and civic ecologies to flourish in a local framework. Here, we are not just trying to fit the LHS within an arch downsize, but to 'hack' the space to propose something of ideal architectural expression, while preserving the structure as a Network-Rail asset. ”
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#CSM #CSMNEWS #DEGREESHOW #CSMEMERGE #ARCHITECTURE #STUDYARCHITECTUREINARTSCHOOL #SPATIALPRACTICES  #openworkshop #maker #makerspace #innovation #openworkshoplondon #making #hackspace #hack #make #southlondonmakerspace #noisebridge #fabcity
  • A Queer(ed) Public Convenience Strategy for Angel N1 by @david__kay
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Can we approach design as a process of queering creating subversive and alternative urban realms
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Following extensive research into queer space theory, recent shifts in social attitudes towards LGBTQ+ people and the extensive closure of LGBTQ+ venues in London, this project explores queer space in its various typologies. Responding directly to a placement at muf architecture/art, this project prioritises the public realm responding to the conditions of secondary and ancillary space within out urban fabric. Further, it reacts to the heteronormative world and presents an alternative model of urban realms, subverting heterocomformist design that is so commonly accepted and unchallenged. To achieve this, the status-quo is understood and challenged, before a propositional response is developed, reacting to social and spatial circumstances. The project responds to research and legislation, real people who identify as queer or LGBTQ+ and wider networks of people and user groups of our shared public conveniences, with a sensitive and considered alteration to spatial forms as well as importantly considering aesthetic and material qualities. The project is situated in Angel, Islington and the focus sites all form within ancillary, service and secondary public space. The design proposals are a queered response to the wide site area and to the contested conditions witnessed at Chapel Market. Critically, this project highlights how our secondary public realm deserves a level of celebration and how it deserves to be queered.
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In the lead up to Central Saint Martin's annual Degree Show we feature projects from our graduating students. One project every day, celebrating the wide variety of design, research and direct engagement, produced across the last academic year. .
The Degree Show is open from the 20th - 24th of June 2018 - Come visit!
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#queerspace #LGBT @dqsLDN #publicrealm #gayuk #urbandesign #publictoilets #queer #lgbtq #gay #equality #gaylondon
#CSM #CSMNEWS #DEGREESHOW #CSMEMERGE #ARCHITECTURE #STUDYARCHITECTUREINARTSCHOOL #SPATIALPRACTICES

@Spatialpractice
@CSM_ARchitecture
@csm_news
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Estate of Production by @simon.wells93
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Can the urban environment function more ecologically, reducing our impact and improving our relationship with nature?
.We are living in the geological age known as the Anthropocene, characterised by human kind having the most significant impact on the natural world. The consequences of our lifestyles are well known, ranging from species extinction to global warming,  and we are relying on Earth’s resources in a way that is unsustainable. With fossil fuels predicted to be completely depleted by 2088, and food demand predicted to double by 2050, it is vital that we find alternative ways of living that reduce our impact on the natural world, making use of resources sustainably to meet our needs without compromising the health of the planet.
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This project explores how urban environments can be utilised in addressing this issue, through facilitating the use of locally available resources. The site for the project is a housing estate in Islington where I am a resident, and the project proposes infrastructure that allows the estate to make use of resources that fall into the following three categories; natural materials, household waste and ambient resources. Through the use of these resources, sustainable energy is generated for use on the estate, and underused amenity space is transformed into a productive landscape, providing food for residents. While reducing the estate’s impact on the environment through easing it’s reliance on centralised systems, the proposed facilities provide an opportunity for people to participate in natural processes. In doing so, the project attempts to bring environmental issues forward in the collective consciousness, encouraging more sustainable and environmentally aware lifestyles in urban settings.
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#sustainability #urbanagriculture
#CSM #CSMNEWS #DEGREESHOW #CSMEMERGE #ARCHITECTURE #STUDYARCHITECTUREINARTSCHOOL #SPATIALPRACTICES
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In the lead up to Central Saint Martin's annual Degree Show we feature independent projects from our graduating students. 
One project every day, celebrating the wide variety of design, research and direct engagement, produced across the last academic year.
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Le Projet des Puces
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Can the refurbishment of Nice’s flea-market reinforce the urban coherence between its neighbourhoods and infrastructures?
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Situated on the harbour of Nice, on the other side of the hill is Nice’s flea market, a gathering of 30 small stalls at the gate of the antique dealers district, a gold mine of cultural heritage disregarded by locals and tourists. 
Opened more than 20 years ago, after being displaced, the flea market is slowly falling into a state of disrepair. Given the valuable location of this unique site and the recent attention brought to the harbour district by the council through the installation of large new infrastructures (tram line terminus and underground car park), it seems logical that Nice’s flea-market will not remain unattended for much longer. By piecing together a community of professionals to defend their businesses and affirm their belonging to the area we aim to build a catalyst, trickling-up from the flea-market to the neighbourhood and to an extent also influencing the rest of the city. .
The aim of this project is to explore the codes of the new places for life, work and exchange. Thus, we are building-up the “Projet des Puces” by overlapping layers of social, urban, political and economical concerns. Introspecting our growing fear of the crowd, reconnecting communities and generations around a shared heritage, exploring the relation of scale between the object and the building.Strategically built in phases to maintain the uninterrupted activity of the antique traders, Nice’s new market infrastructure merges with a promenade looping around the city to reconnect its neighbourhoods and its people.
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In the lead up to Central Saint Martin's annual Degree Show we feature projects from our graduating students. One project every day, celebrating the wide variety of design, research and direct engagement, produced across the last academic year.
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The Degree Show is open from the 20th - 24th of June 2018 - Come visit!
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#CSM 
#CSMnews 
#Degreeshow 
#CSMemerge 
#studyarchitectureinartschool
#SpatialPratics
#fleamarket 
#heritage 
#promenade 
#antiques 
#landscape 
#arches 
#ramp 
#publicspace
         

Course catalogues

Course detail

In a world where established customs, systems and structures are increasingly under scrutiny, there is a need for a different type of architectural thinking – one that identifies and exploits opportunities and addresses the challenges of the 21st century.

MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation is part of the Spatial Practices programme. It is uniquely positioned at Central Saint Martins to draw on dynamic design thinking from a range of practices from fashion through performance design to product design. Research, analysis, proposition and intervention will enable you to develop new insights, solutions and methodologies for exploring  the challenges of new forms of architecture  within a rapidly changing environment.

The course capitalises on London's central position within both local and global networks. We see London as a ‘world laboratory’ - an ideal test bed for urban innovation in response to social, cultural and political change, where you can develop strategies and methodologies to expand and enable localised change and drive effective and sustainable development strategies.

High on our agenda are the needs of a broad range of participants in the human environment. You can play a crucial role in supporting communities and individuals to attain the benefits associated with development and physical change in the urban environment, but this requires a new approach. Through closer, collaborative engagement with local groups, you can empower communities to become active participants in the process of development; enabling and building cultural and social, as well as economic, capital.

The increasing complexity of global change, and the related socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues require that architects develop a broad skill set that can be described as 'context-led' architecture; seeking solutions that address local issues which arise from global agendas. 

The skills that will allow you to engage with and guide innovation will be of greatest value. Whether in driving small scale transformations or enabling effective large-scale development, graduates of MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation will have the knowledge and awareness to recognise the potential of architecture and the skills to create sustainable transformations in the urban environment.

Course outline

  • This 60 week course is structured over two consecutive academic years each of 30 weeks in its 'extended full-time mode'. MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation is credit rated at 180 credits, and comprises two units. Unit One (60 credits) lasts 20 weeks. Unit Two (120 credits) runs for 10 weeks in the first year and 30 weeks in the second year
  • Both units must be passed in order to achieve the MA, but the classification of your MA award derives from your mark for Unit Two only
  • You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies, within which your taught input will normally be scheduled over three days. The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or caring responsibilities.

Unit One – Methodologies for architectural engagement

Throughout this unit, there is an emphasis on the use of innovative approaches to design problem solving and architectural practice. You will therefore explore the subject of innovation as a means of developing your methodologies through workshops, seminars, readings and lectures..

Using London as a ‘laboratory’ you will engage in a series of projects intended to help you to identify and respond to opportunities for engagement and intervention. Each project will require you to work collaboratively with fellow students and external groups and the outcomes  will be critically analysed to develop clear methodologies for future engagements.

You will explore existing practice in order to propose new ways in which architecture can engage with stakeholders. Key questions in the process will be:

  • What are the key issues for the  development of communities?
  • How can the public be a part of the design process?
  • What is the ‘outcome’ of an architect’s engagement?


As a part of your investigation into existing practice, you will research and plan your Industry Placement (part of Unit Two). Working with staff and mentors in seminars and workshops, you will develop a clear programme of what you wish to achieve during your placement and prepare the necessary material to secure it.

Unit Two – Innovating in architectural practice

Unit Two begins with an industry placement which you will spend working within the industry to familiarise yourself with the issues and challenges associated with the profession today. You are responsible for identifying and arranging this placement.  We encourage you to consider a broad range of different forms of practice when considering where to undertake your placement. Working with a Mentor, drawn from among leading practitioners and members of the Course Team, you will seek to use your placement to develop further your understanding of the ways in which architects engage with the users and clients. By the end of your placement, you will have prepared a review report, reflecting on your experiences and relating them to contemporary theories of architecture and design.

Following your placement, you will begin your Major Project, which lasts throughout your final year of study.

You will begin by identifying a research question and site which enable you to explore issues relevant to the contemporary urban environment and social conditions.

Utilising the methodologies developed and explored in Unit One and in your placement experience, you will propose an urban architectural intervention intended to create positive, long-term, large-scale impact. You should seek to engage the community and stakeholders in both the process and the outcome so that it has a sustainable future.

You should make use of both the ‘traditional’ means of architectural communication (drawings, models, 3D visualisation) and more contemporary, individual methods of communication. You will develop a written project report enabling you to contextualise your work with historical and contemporary theories of architecture and urbanism as well as documenting the way in which the project progresses. Input and feedback from the communities and collaborators with whom you have worked will be crucial.

MA Architecture Cities and Innovation Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF,256 KB)

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

Recent client projects in the Spatial Practices programme include: London Borough of Camden | National Trust | Arup | Mindfolio | New World Development | Grange Hotels | Oasis | Hot Spots Movement |  Redbridge Council | Southbank Centre. Find out more about the Ochirly client project

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

Facilities

  • 3D Large: Wood

    3D Large: Wood

    Find out more about our 3D Large: Wood workshop

  • Wood

    Find out more about the Wood facility at Archway

  • CAD

    Find out more about our CAD facilities at King's Cross

Staff

Course Leader: Andreas Lang
Professor of Architecture: Jeremy Till
Senior Lecturer: Oscar Brito
Senior Lecturer: Greg Ross
Associate Lecturer, Architectural Design and Practice: Sarah Featherstone
Associate Lecturer, Architecture, Participation and Practice: David Chambers
Associate Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Practice: Inigo Minns
Associate Lecturer: Liza Fior
Associate Lecturer:Maria Lisogorskaya (Assemble Studio)
Associate Lecturer: Takeshi Hayatsu
Associate Lecturer: Julia King
Associate Lecturer: Carlos Villanueva Brandt
Associate Lecturer: Mathew Leung
Associate Lecturer: Kim Trogal
Associate Lecturer: Rosa Rogina
Postdoctoral Fellow in Spatial Practices: Rebecca Ross 

How to apply

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents and a digital portfolio.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available. 

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form: 

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words).

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

References

This course requires two references which should be one academic and one professional reference. 

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

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What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a FULL digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Portfolio

You will need to submit a digital portfolio of up to 20 images with supporting work illustrating your previous experience and practical skills.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process. 

We recommend you apply by the end of May latest to avoid disappointment. Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application, submitted required documents and a digital portfolio.

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words).

  • What are you doing at the moment educationally, professionally, personally?
  • Why do you wish to study on this course?
  • What is your relevant experience?
  • Do you have any relevant skills?
  • Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for acceptance?

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

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Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a FULL digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. 

Portfolio

You will need to submit a digital portfolio of up to 20 images with supporting work illustrating your previous experience and practical skills.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from candidates from all cultures, life experiences and educational backgrounds.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements as indicated below, but please note that these qualifications alone will not be sufficient to secure entry to the course.

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants should have an Upper First Class (2.1) Honours Degree in architecture (or equivalent), and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. 

Selection criteria

Selection will be on the basis of the following criteria:

  • You have a clear research agenda, related to the aims of the course
  • You can analyse a design problem from a number of perspectives and generate a range of design responses to a particular problem
  • You can show an understanding of technology, environment and professional practice and how they relate to architectural designs
  • You can show that your personal and professional aspirations are compatible with the aims and objectives of the course
  • You can make appropriate choices about the way in which you communicate your design ideas, process and proposals
  • You have appropriate levels of skill in drawing, model-making, 3D/CAD, as well as written and verbal presentation skills
  • You can demonstrate the necessary fluency in your design process to be able to benefit from the course.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£5,000 per year (2018/19). Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

ELQ

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our course enquiry form

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £12,430 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation prepares graduates for employment in architectural practice, urban design, planning, development, and public consultation. In addition, the course provides a solid grounding for continued academic development toward research and PhD study.

Drawing upon extensive industry links within the Spatial Practices Programme, the Course seeks to offer students a unique learning opportunity to engage with live projects and real clients, developing innovative approaches to public engagement and a radical reconsideration of architectural practice.

"In 10 years we probably will not call ourselves an architecture practice, it will be something else entirely" (Architect, Small London-based practice) 
From "The Future for Architects", Building Futures, RIBA, 2010.


Change is inevitable and  being prepared for change is a challenge. MA Architecture: Cities and Innovation encourages students to take a radical approach to architectural practice; seeking ways in which the architect of the future can work across the industry and beyond.  The course is predicated on the reality that the practice of architecture is changing. There are increasing pressures on the profession from shifts in the way that projects are developed, as well as the changes to the global economy. How will we practice in the future?

"The invasion of the architect's role shouldn't be seen as a threat but as a natural change that can be exploited - we must find our new opportunities and education should shift to accommodate that." (Architect, Large global practice) From "The Future for Architects", Building Futures, RIBA, 2010.