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For Term 2 and 3, you will be required to design and resolve an outdoor performance platform / festival structure on either the site of Newhaven’s former fortress, Fort Hill, or the Tidemill area.
Based on the results of the individual enquiries of Term 1 you will graft a transient structure onto what is a neuralgic point in the fabric of Newhaven. Not necessarily infrastructure in the traditional sense, your project will nonetheless be judged by its systemic importance for one or more layers of Newhaven’s environmental, cultural, geographical, historical or physical functioning, and its relevance as one of a number of outdoor performance platforms along the Sussex Coast Line and beyond.
YR2 students will appropriate the Fort Hill area whereas YR3 students may choose between the Fort Hill – and the Tidemills area. All students are required to:
- Develop a coherent strategy for an outdoor performance platform / festival structure
- Explain your overall intervention at building scale through the design of a transient structure.
You are operating within a context of popular outdoor environments (the South Downs National Park, The Fortress Nature Reserve), an increasingly rich history of transient architecture (Brighton’s numerous outdoor festivals, the ‘Instant City’ of Archigram) and an instable crumbling geology, as well as washed away infrastructures and ad-hoc places for summer activities.
You will explore these contexts through a detailed and critical analysis of the area’s current character. This will form the parameters of your building’s programmatic and formal concepts.
The invention of your performance platforms will be explained through intricate physical models at various scales, animations and architectural drawings (all three elements are compulsory). The research and the documentation process of the making & design will be continued in the same manner as in Term 01.
6th January – 20th January – Site analysis, Strategic tactics & Programme
20th January – 27th January – Open studies week / Dissertation week
27th January – 17th February – Concept & Design
17th February – 24th February – Peer Review Week
24th February – 17th March – Making & Design
17th March – 24th March – Arch. Hum. Week / Technology week
24th March – 31st March – Making & Design
31st March – 2nd April – Final Critique incl. invited guests
7th April – 28th April – Easter Holidays
7th April – 12th May – Zoom in
15th / 16th May – Final Portfolio Hand-in (YR2/ YR3)
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‘The Ciliary Function’, by Diller + Scofidio, 2007
‘Consequence’ by Nat Chard, 2005
‘Event-Cities’ by Bernard Tschumi, 1994
‘An Engineer Images’ by Peter Rice (Chapter ‘The Full-Moon Theatre’), 1994
‘Landscape Futures’ by Geoff Manaugh, 2013
‘The City, Seen as a Garden of Ideas’ by Peter Cook (Chapter ‘The City of inventions’), 2004
‘Practice of Everyday Life’ by Michel De Certeau (Chapter ‘Walking the City’), 1984
‘Lights Out for the Territory’ by Ian Sinclair, 1997
‘re:CP’ by Cedric Price (chapter by Patrick Keiller), 2003
‘The Flat’ by Jan Svankmajer, 1968
‘The Scarecrow’ by Buster Keaton, 1920