COMMUNITY AND PLACE

 

Kingston University’s Landscape Architecture MLA (LI Accredited) is a two-year ‘conversion course’, accredited by the Landscape Institute, which is aimed at graduates and professionals from disciplines including architecture, spatial design and ecology who can bring their knowledge, expertise, inquiry and creativity to the expanding field of landscape architecture. It is designed to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary landscape practice and research, as well as new opportunities for creative collaboration and co-production.

RORY JOHNSON, NATURAL

RORY JOHNSON: NATURAL SWIMMING POOL MODEL

Studio 3.5 and MLA1: Helen Goodwin & Fenella Griffin

The following text is taken from this year’s Kingston University, School of Architecture & Landscape 2016 Summer Exhibition catalogue (PDF).

“This year the first year of the course was taught alongside a third year Architecture Studio – engaging both Architecture and Landscape students,  offers an integrated educational experience based on a holistic understanding of site. Furthermore, collaboration with The Peabody Trust and Trust Thamesmead allowed us to engage with the social, economic and political context and to embed our thinking in the real world
beyond the studio.

MLA1 model

Group Site Model

Our work this year has taken us back to the civic spirit and optimism which lay behind the project for Thamesmead, the GLC’s most ambitious housing scheme conceived in the 1960s as ‘a modern community where 60,000 people will live in environmental conditions unmatched by anything that has gone before’. If only dreams came true. It is hard to find places where today’s largely migrant populations in Thamesmead might rub shoulders.

Camila MLA

CAMILLA PICCOLO: TOWN HALL SQUARE

In response, our studio’s community spirited vision for the town proposes a collective living room in the form of a new Town Hall and public square on the edge of Southmere Lake, drawing inspiration from Alvar Aalto’s humane architecture with its roots so firmly embedded in the landscape. The Town Hall becomes a place with civic representative value for Thamesmead, with proposals also helping to address the fragmentation of residential areas, to mediate between elevated highways, buried sewers and fragile marshlands and to articulate traces of a more ancient human inhabitation of the land that far pre-dates the carpet of concrete. Foyers and public spaces offer gathering places for the community whilst atmospheric halls act as vessels for a host of civic and recreational activities from where the community can appreciate Thamesmead’s watery landscapes as well as its concrete towers.”

cross section MLA

Haojie Khan Shokravy: Site Section

 

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