The MA in Architectural and Urban Design brings critical debate together with creative practice, in order to develop designers of the urban environment. Engaging with the analysis of city spaces and developing their own projects, students speculate as to how cities will evolve and be used in the future. ‘Urbanism’ and ‘urban design’ are ambiguous terms that surround and reflect both the physical and mental attributes applied to the built environment. The two sensibilities combine to form a layered knowledge of the city, which could be compared to a mature palimpsest or to semi-obscured archaeology. In this context ‘the city’ is studied in an intimate manner with particular emphasis placed on the space of the private realm and its seamless engagement with the public domain.
Urban designs often lag behind events and this slowness is problematic in relation to the speed of climate, economic, political and social changes. We must think about the future so that we optimise the potential of architectural designs in urban situations. This year the design work is concerned with the coastal area between the piers and including the block that forms the built edge of the city of Brighton, re-evaluating the significance of urban landscapes that are central to the city’s identity and its relationship to the sea.
The following work has been produced by the studio over the last several years.
See all MA Architectural and Urban Design students in: 2019-20