The BA(Hons) Architecture 2019-20 academic year was launched under the banner of The Future We Want. This was a response to the overwhelming support from both students and staff for the Architecture Education Declares statement released in June 2020. Term One kicked off with a series of presentations around the climate crisis to enable students to discuss, debate and set an agenda for future teaching during the year. Issues raised by students formed the basis of presentations, workshops and seminars during LABWEEK, a one-week SoAD-wide event in November.
The course continues to offer a wide range of approaches to design through its studios, offering opportunities to work through a range of scales, from one-to-one installations, to urban scale interventions and continuing to explore design through both analogue and digital means. Nine vertical studios were offered this year touching on various pressing contemporary issues including the refugee crisis, social housing shortages, and sustainable transportation. In addition some studios ran live projects linked variously with Brighton and Hove City Council, AHRC funded research on commons, and the Kent Refugee Action Network in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, the Oslo School of Architecture, the Helsinki School and Ambetkar University in Delhi.
This year all students were offered free transportation to visit Futurebuild 2020 in London where Duncan Baker-Brown curated a three-day symposium with over 50 speakers discussing strategies to meet our government’s commitment to be Net-Zero Carbon by 2050. This summer SoAD was to host the School of Re-construction Summer School (now postponed to 2021) examining how buildings can be dismantled instead of demolished with the material re-used in new projects. Looking forward we will continue to challenge the standard ways of working in the discipline through research and our research-led teaching to provide students with the most current critical and practical skills to address our contemporary challenges.
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