Tutors: Pierre d’Avoine and Pereen d’Avoine
Unit 14 was invited by Barking and Dagenham Council to work in the borough again this academic year after a highly successful collaboration with Tamara Horbacka, the Council’s cultural policy and commissioning manager, and colleagues in 2018-19, researching and making proposals for the newly formed Creative Enterprise Zone along the River Roding. As a result David Harley, head of Be-First Regeneration Ltd, provided Unit 14 students with a space at River Mill Studios, Barking to exhibit their work and where students engaged with members of the public, developers as well as Council policy makers.
At a time of intense political speculation and potential upheaval owing to Brexit Unit 14 focussed on the necessity to encourage trade in the borough. Exchange occurs naturally when individuals come together. The nature of exchange as a socially inclusive enterprise forms the basis for the complex modern economic, legal and political systems that have been created in order to regulate our democracies, to engender a sense of the civic and enhance a duty of care and neighbourliness at all scales.
“A part of what ecological urbanism does is expand the palette of precedents beyond landscape architecture to embrace the phenomenological and experiential sense of the city all the way to sustainability at the scale of architecture.” Charles Waldheim.
In this context Unit 14 discussed the making of architecture and the city as the setting for public life – a landscape theatre. Students speculated on what constitutes an inclusive public realm and have designed scenarios for exchange which impact positively on the extensive new mainly commercial development under construction in the borough. Student design theses questioned the way in which land is procured and commodified in the city and proposed new ways of forming communities and livelihoods through intelligent design and building strategies. Students were asked to consider the environmental impact of new development and the influence of digital technology on the way we live, work and play, its potential for social exchange and the means by which their projects may be brought into being.
Tamara Horbacka, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Cultural Policy and Commissioning Manager
Pat Hayes, Managing Director Be First Regeneration
David Harley, Head of Regeneration, Ge First Regeneration
Karen Rushton, Borough Archivist
Peter Murray, New London Architecture
David Roy, The work of James Gorst Architects
Doug Hodgson and Tom Lewith, The work of TDO Architects
Kaori Homma, Art practice and installation at St George’s Church, Ivychurch, Romney Marsh with Kai McLaughlin
Caspar Rodgers, The work of alma-nac
Alec Scragg, Essex Marginal Landscapes
Liz Adams, The work of Adams and Sutherland
Dean Hawkes, The Environmental Imagination
Miraj Ahmed, On Drawing
Rosie Hervey, Community led housing
Portfolio and IDS presentations
Dylan Radcliffe Brown
IDS/ ATA consultants
Stephen Foster, Foster Structures Ltd
Dylan Radcliffe Brown