Cardiff Degree Show 2014 Show Catalogue

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cardiff universityWELSH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE2014show cataloguemaster of architectureWWW.CARDIFFDEGREESHOW.COMThe Cardiff Degree Show is an opportunity for the graduating Masters of Architecture Students from the Welsh School of Architecture to bring their work to the largest possible audience. The Welsh School of Architecture, based at Cardiff University, has a long-standing reputation for its high standard of work and the quality of its graduates. This distinct London exhibition is a reflection of the schools position as a leading architectural institution and is an event befitting the careful consideration, iteration and craft that has gone into the work on display. The Welsh School of Architecture is democratic in its approach to design, allowing students to select a Thesis Unit from a number of options and develop a brief around their interests. Thesis Units tackle key issues such as: sustainable construction, the importance of brownfield regeneration, user-centricity, the effects of environmental change, and dealing with density and globalisation. Any critical contemporary architecture must address such issues, and the Cardiff Degree Show intends to suggest solutions through the exhibition of innovative holistic proposals. The show is curated around each of this years five thesis Units. Each Unit varies in approach, with some projects starting at the scale of a country and others beginning with a single detail. However what unifies all the work on display is novelty, craftsmanship, and a highly contextual nature. These projects present an unbiased approach to design that re-establishes graduate architecture as creative, craft-based problem solving, rather than an exercise in aesthetics.INTRODUCTIONWITH THANKS TO OUR sponsorsARTSABROADCardiff University UnionCardiff University Alumni FundCoffey Architects KSS Design GroupJestico + Whiles Architecture Stuart HatcherArts Abroad Willmore Iles Architects LtdLatitude Pen & PaperAgenda 21 Architects StudioPitman Tozer Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley StudiosCONTENTSMike Carruthers Keith ChanGareth CotterTheo EllisTerry LaiPriit JrimeDan LiuAoife Rath-CullimoreOliver BoalerJosephine DandJoanne EdmundsLingyan KongHenry LascellesDavid RossingtonReem Al FurjaniXiaolong ChenNicholas EllisNimi GabrieSimon KinvigSaeed MoinieAmber SmithJemma WilliamsHannah BarnsleyRobert BoltmanJonathan CampbellJonathan EdwardsAndrew FurzelandAnna HumpstonBen LudlowStanislaw Pomian-SrzednickiNicola SmithThomas WoodwardECONOMY PORT CITYINFASTRUCTURAL URBANISMSPACE, MOVEMENT AND ILLUSIONTECTONICS : FORM AND PLACE0304050607080910131415161718212223242526272831323334353637383940WEATHER : COASTStephanie AdamouPoppy BoadleOluwakorede CokerMarcus OConnellDavid SchnabelGuylee SimmondsMarina StylianideWilliam SwithinbankPatrick Wu434445464748495051economy : port cityThe Economy unit set out to engage with the notion of resilience in the context of the Mount Stuart Square area in Cardiff. In our circumstance, resilience is understood as the capacity to absorb changing local actualities and withstand or overcome negative global impacts.Mount Stuart Square and the Coal Exchange in particular used to be the heart of coal and shipping business on which Cardiffs urban growth thrived. However, sixty years after the coal exports ceased, the Exchange stands unused, its deteriorating volume as a reminder of Cardiffs rise to significance as well as a symbol of the inability of the various public and private agents to meaningfully incorporate the legacy of that era within the citys post-industrial regeneration.Although our work demonstrates the diverse ways of interpreting the resilience potential of the Coal Exchange building, some key themes emerge. First, by aiming to understand the physical and human realities created by local policy-makers as well as global trends we have engaged critically with the concept of resilience in an area characterised by precarity. Moreover, we have reconnected the Coal Exchange to the citys economy by responding to Cardiffs current cultural and economic trends. Lastly, we have engaged in the debate on the trade-off between heritage concerns and modern-day requirements on the basis of the buildings structural and spatial particularities.Unit LeaderDr. Juliet DavisMichael Carruthersmike.j.carruthers@btinternet.comMy thesis explores the Coal Exchange within the context of Cardiff Bays future development, focusing particularly on the potentials of rapid transport integration across the city. Regenerating the Exchange as a business incubator that acts as a well connected hub for business innovation within the city.03Keith Chankeithkckc@gmail.comwww.chankeith.comThis thesis explores the processes of adaptive reuse for neglected historical buildings. The interventions to the Coal Exchange reflects my critical perspective on heritage preservation, fitting new uses and ways to amplify existing character and patina to express the evolution of old buildings04Gareth Cottergarethmcotter@gmail.comThe Coal Exchange and Cardiff Bay suffer from various types of economical and urban fragmentation. In response, my thesis explores how the Coal Exchange and its surroundings can be regenerated through the gradual introduction of creative and cultural uses that operate under an adaptable architectural framework. 05Theo Ellis theoellis91@gmail.comWithin the context of large scale development in Cardiff Bay and the fragmented urban fabric of Butetown, this project asks how the adaptation and reactivation of the Coal Exchange could form part of, and indeed reflect a more resilient economy for Cardiff.06Priit Jrime pjurimae@gmail.comThis thesis links the historic Coal Exchange back into Cardiffs economy by responding to the spatio-functional inadequacies and hidden potentials of the building and its urban context. A programme of everyday amenities addresses local issues of mono-functionality whilst a city-wide strategy ties the isolated Butetown to Cardiffs educational hubs.START-UPSBUSINESSSCHOOLETHICAL BANK&COMMERCIAL AREASSOCIAL COHESION COMMON FACILITIESRESIDENTIALMEMBERS OFNEIGHBOURINGCOMMUNITIES(light)CENTRAL SPORTS HALLSWIMMING POOL & GYM(dark)extralocal businessesLocal Arts and Crafts Network(Cardiff and Vale College:Cardiff Bay Creative Centre)Lloyd George Avenue:New recreation and sports areasCanal Park:Existing recreation groundCardiff University University of South Wales?Cardiff and Vale CollegetouriststouristsExisting Cardiff Bay and Butetown communitiescollaborateadvisecollaboratehire students use amenitiesuse for leisuremicrofinance / regular banking servicesuse workshops usersgenerate new ideascollaboratepreferential users mortgages / regular banking serviceshire local apprentices/internscreate and test new business ideashireuse servicesfinanceuse production services and hire workshop spacesorganise workshops / hire spacesCOAL EXCHANGEconstruction assistance and know-how07Terry Laiterrylaichuckchoo@gmail.comMy thesis focuses on the immediate local and social context of the Coal Exchange, in relationship with the greater regional area of Cardiff and South Wales. The project aims at giving the building a programmatic, economic and architectural approach, which will ensure its adaptability to the future development of the city.08Dan Liuliudann@gmail.comThe thesis connects the history of coal mining in South Wales to the future economy of Cardiff by transforming the Coal Exchange that continues the lineage of being the heart of the Welsh energy industry. The building and Mount Stuart Square become a vehicle for incubating the development of the renewable energy sector.09Aoife Rath Cullimore a.m.rathcullimore@gmail.comThe thesis explores the common ground that exists between people that differ and the resources they share that brings them together. The project builds on the social legacy of rituals of cooperation and modes of social exchange in the Butetown community and transforms this into an architectural and programmatic strategy within the Coal Exchange. 10infrastructural urbanismWhilst concerned as rational, absolute and utiliatrian, infrastructure has the capacity to be appropriated and transformed towards social, cultural, ecological and artistic ends.Situated on the Cote dAzur in the South of France, between the Cap-dAil and Cap Martin, The Principality of Monaco has carved out a niche in the international urban marketplace as a glamorous tax haven and financial centre. However it is far from utopian; as a tourist conurbation it is reliant on its Hollywood image for economic stability. Over-development in the small strip of developable land between mountain and sea has reduced public space, removed historic properties, and left the city a congested ghetto of generic high-rise apartment blocks all clamouring for sea views. This has in turn led to social problems, with the internationally diverse super-wealthy caste occupying the Principality being supported by 20,000 commuters daily from neighbouring France and Italy. The work within the Infrastructural Urbanism Unit begins by proposing an infrastructural intervention at a masterplan scale, based on a thorough understanding of the inherent instablilities and feedback within Monacos social and economic systems. These infrastructural networks range from Greenways to Cable Car networks and not only tackle the large scale issues affecting The Principality such as navigation for tourists or road congestion but are also used to locate new instituitions. This ensures that the diverse architectural programmes seen in students work (such as sports centres or bath houses) form an effective strategy across the whole city and act as social levelers, symbols of identity for Monacos various cultural groups, and begin to tackle the globalisation and elitism that plagues the Principality. Unit LeaderProfessor Peter SalterOliver Boaleroligb91@aol.comwww.oliverboaler.comMonaco has an image built on super cars and Grand Prix glamour, but as the problems of congestion and pollution continue to soar, Monaco faces an identity crisis. This thesis investigates how glamour can be applied to a Personal Rapid Transit system, rebranding Monaco as a home of sustainable automotive luxury.13Josephine Dand josephinedand@gmail.comA culture of drug use amongst teenagers in Monaco threatens the public image on which the country relies to sustain its society and economy. Cable car infra-structure hides a subcultural youth sports network which addresses this delicate problem.14Joanne project explores the idea of a soft cultural infrastructure in Monaco. Operating as an island network it attracts social activity through an arts network and bath house set within the walked garden. Sitting tightly within the urban context its walls press up against existing buildings.15Lingyan Konglingyan.kong@outlook.comMy thesis investigates the ecological relationships in the contexts of rising pollution and lack of green/public spaces in Monaco. Alternation of buildings and planning gain reflect my critical thinking on creating green/public spaces and cultural facilities as infrastructure that forms a better connection for social interaction and flora/fauna living. 16Henry Lascelleshjlascelles@gmail.comhenrylascelles.comIn Monaco the luxury industry glamorises a very wasteful, unethical, ultimately unsustainable culture. The Green Urban Runway provides the elements needed for a shift towards a luxury culture valuing experiences over products. At its heart this takes the form of a natural perfume landscape & olfactic spa.17David must ensure heritage and society are preserved and not erased in the face of economic expansion. This thesis proposes a neighbourhood infrastructure of contemporary Guildhalls designed to diversify the Monegasque economy, improve education and training within the principality, and promote community across caste divides.18SPACE, MOVEMENT AND ILLUSIONAt a fundamental level of our consciousness we seek a sense of order or purpose that can provide a framework within which we can interact and interpret each others behaviour and the world around us. Architecture is a process by which order, or at least the illusion of order, can be super-imposed on the physical environment, acting as a lens through which we can comfortably interact.The willing suspension of disbelief is a common concept in the performing arts, where a collective audience enter a fictional world of performance and experience real world emotions. Sensory manipulation has remained an integral theme in the architectural discipline and where architectures greatest potential resides.Unit LeaderJonathan AdamsReem Al Furjanireemhgs@outlook.comThe thesis discusses the dual nature of human existence; the physical presence and the immateriality of perception. Based on the idea of the Proscenium Arch as a threshold between the narrative and its perception, the programme takes the unexpecting audience across a sequence of experiences that are linked in a progressing narrative.21Xiaolong Chenalexchen_zone@hotmail.comThe thesis project is aimed to set the design as real condition, proposing a multi-functional scheme (residential, commercial, creative industrial) on the footprint of underused land within Cardiff City centre. The project focuses on blending public green space and architectures in two main squares within the scheme. 22Nicholas EllisNicholasellis88@googlemail.comThe thesis project proposes a cultural infrastructure of portable theatre space and performance facilities in Hastings. The project focuses on an adaptable theatre and rail distribution terminal with workshop and rental studio spaces on the footprint of Hastings former pier.23Nimi thesis explores how revealing the genius loci of a place can help redefine and establish a civic space within a broken community. A new route and creative hub, links the historical past of Caerleon in Wales to the current situation, adding to the distinctive atmosphere of the place.EXTERIOR PERSPECTIVE festival period - arts and crafts fair24Simon Kinvigsikinvig@gmail.comwww.simonkinvig.wordpress.comAn architecture, which combines the needs of a theatre group with those of local sheep farmers is set upon a backdrop of a town split over a cliff. A synthesis of woollen mill and theatre; where wool from local farmers will be used to create bespoke clothing showcased within the theatrical performances.25Saeed Moiniemoinie_saeed@hotmail.comBuilding the relationship between landscape and architecture, one intends to explore the essence of the prophetic tradition,The earth has been made a place of prostration and a purification for me, so wherever a man of my ummah may be when the time for prayer arrives, pray. [Prophet Mohammad (SAWA)]Landscape Corporeal AxisQibla Cosmic AxisIntersecting GridlinesSquaring the CircleConstructed GeometryAl-Batin(The Hidden)Al-Zahir(The Manifest)StructureN26Amber Smithambsmi@hotmail.comThis project explores the relationship between people and place through repurposing the declining high street of Newport as a civic space for the community. An adaptable theatre is proposed that bridges the street actively promoting interaction and improving theeveryday life of the community.Amber Smithambsmi@hotmail.comThis project explores the relationship between people and place through repurposing the declining high street of Newport as a civic space for the community. An adaptable theatre is proposed that bridges the street actively promoting interaction and improving the everyday life of the community.27Jemma introduction of a Crossrail 2 station at Euston offers the opportunity to create an underground world in which circus performance transforms the everyday experience of transition. The boundary between performers and commuters is blurred. As layers of activity overlap, circus and commuting merge into a single spectacle of movement.28TECTONICS, FORM AND PLACEArchitecture can make visible the things that are hidden. The more finely tuned a building is to its context the more it can be said to reveal about that place. Whilst globalization has the effect of homogenizing the appearance of top down market led architecture, places continue to remain distinct from one another with differing climate, topography, cultural history, cultural present and so on. This unit is therefore interested in making place specific architecture, placed within the 21st century context of a globalised world. This develops only through an in-depth investigation of the distinct constraints of climate, material and culture. The unit strives to create an architecture that is finely tuned enough to its environment that it begins to reflect the extraordinary variation and richness that occur in the world around us. Unit LeaderKate Darby Hannah Barnsleyhfbarnsley@gmail.comwww.hannahbarnsley.comThis thesis explores how architecture can be embedded more fully in the world through the architecture of light and time, using light as a material from which to develop architectural forms (based on a range of poetic and pragmatic light qualities) and a tool to highlight historical layers within the urban context.31Rob BoltmanCwmcarn Forest Drive located in South Wales, has been afflicted by Ramorum Disease, and 4 out of 5 larch trees in the forest are to be felled. To mitigate and exploit this situation this project proposes a new timber processing plant, an Education and Research Centre and a canal basin to incorporating a cafe, childrens playground and boat & bike hire facilities.32Jonathan Campbelljonny_campbell@hotmail.comPatterns of growth and decay in our environment are often imperceptible in our everyday experience. The thesis proposes an intervention consisting of a building system and development strategy that can act as a continuous recording of these patterns of growth and decay in order that they are made legible.33Jonathan thesis challenges attitudes towards waste through the reevaluation of how we treat our existing buildings and the materials used to construct them. Recycled timber used for construction revives life into a derelict industrial building, acting as a social and economic barometer for the wider city.FACTORY SECTION A_AScale 1:1000 1 5 10m234Andrew Furzelandafurzeland@gmail.comCosting a total of 4.2bn, the proposed Thames super sewer will have a momentous effect on the River Thames - becoming clean enough to swim in. Yet, its presence will largely go unnoticed as it occupies a location beneath the river. Can we re-imagine our relationship with the River Thames?35 Anna HumpstonThere are contextual relationships between the densities of urban fabrics and their varying heights and, navigation of Bristols urban environment can be enabled through the use of historic church spires - Social history & urban vistas create form for navigation. 36Ben Ludlow benpludlow@gmail.combenludlow.comThe exhibition of process: an interaction with the practice of wine making. Set on the south facing slopes of the River Dart, visitors travel along a series of carefully curated routes, guiding them through the journey of the grapes, from vine to wine. This is the Terroir of the wine presented.37Stanislaw Pomian-Srzednickis.srzednicki@googlemail.compomian-srzednicki.plThe trekkers lodgings sit within the natural landscape of Dartmoor. The architecture is sensitive in a place of natural beauty, so that the occupants are encouraged to think about the necessities of living and the place of architecture within the natural world.38Nicola due to rising sea levels and increased rainfall is becoming an ever-growing issue. The thesis confronts the current defensive approach within the UK. By way of challenging perceptions of the rivers edge, the project provides a responsive architecture, which becomes a practical solution to flooding. 39Tom Woodwardtmr.woodward@gmail.comThe developed world is hugely reliant on hidden infrastructure. This disconnection creates a dangerous paradigm, where the citys inhabitants rely on systems out of their control, and are unaware of the environmental implications of such systems. The integration of an infrastructural process into the city is therefore explored to address this problem.40WEATHER : COASTThe Weather : Coast studio links ideas of atmosphere and place to the particularities of landscape, raising questions of the nature of an architecture which may be responsive to both.Nowhere is the weather more extreme or critically felt than at sea or the meeting of land and sea. The focus and context for the units architectural propositions, therefore, are the coasts of Northern Europe, generally encompassing the areas of the Shipping Forecast.The designed outcomes demonstrate a critically integrated meeting of architecture with context and weather that is as much a question of history and culture as it is of technology.Unit LeaderDr. Wayne Forster Stephanie Adamouadamouste@gmail.comThe project investigates how the inundated and flood-prone landscape can become opportunistic rather than destructive in the design of a fishing community along the Norfolk Coast, by exploring three approaches to coastal management: retreat, defend and attack.43Poppy Boadlepoppyboadle@hotmail.comThe collaboration between place and intervention aims to exploit and enhance the liminal characteristics of the inter-tidal zone. To record, collect and preserve its contextual surroundings while amplifying the shifting physicality of the coast and its restless weather conditions.44Oluwakorede thesis explores ways of creating a piece of architecture that heightens our sense of refuge in a remote and extremely windy environment. It is the creation of a respite, through the design of a Pilgrimage Centre in Abedaron, North Wales, on the Lynn Peninsula.45Marcus OConnell marcusoconnell5@gmail.comwww.marcusoconnell.comThe powerful sense of place on the isle of Koltur in the Faroe Islands is the basis for a thesis exploring a fundamentally contextual architecture. Within the programme, the distinctive nature of the site is recognised as a source of deep inspiration to musicians, as well as to the emergent architectural language.46David often harsh, brutal and capricious coastal weather amplifies its beauty; the forsaken coastline of western Scotland is beautiful in its isolation. How can we appropriately re-inhabit this unpredictable and unforgiving coastline with an Architecture which expresses an intensification of ontological experience?47Guylee Simmondsguylee.simmonds@btinternet.comwww.guyleesimmonds.comShetland, the northernmost point of the UK, has a long history of autonomy, independence and self-sufficiency. The thesis proposes the establishment of a protected and autonomous community for veterans with mental health disorders, inspired by the self-sufficient model of a crafting community.48Marina Stylianidemarina.stylianide@gmail.comThe unique geological formation of huge rocks off the southwest coast of Paphos provides the site for a thesis exploring the mythological framework of the birthplace of goddess Aphrodite and its translation into an architecture that generates new experiences through a sensitive site approach. 4950William Swithinbankwill_swinthinban.k@hotmail.comArchitecture is rarely seen in landscapes inaccessible by road. However there is something beautiful in finding a piece of architecture that appears removed from urban infrastructure, which engages, mimics and explores the natural landscape.Patrick WuMy thesis is about the architecture of contemplation. The chosen programme is to set up a Monastic life Centre on Caldey Island which aims to provide a quality minimal life for those wishing to find a place of peace, solitude and reflection along the stunning Welsh coastline. 51acknowledgementsWayne ForsterChris TweedAmira PrescottAndrew Roberts and all of the Teaching Staff at the WSoASusan Bowden, Carole Creasey and the Support Staff at the WSoAexhibition teamCOORDINATORS/SCHOOL LIASONAoife Cullimore & David Rossington TREASURERHannah BarnsleyCURATION COORDINATORS Oliver Boaler & Amira PrescottVENUE LIASON/SCHEDULERS Jonny Campbell & Nimi Gabrie SECRETARIESKeith Chan & Jo DandUNIT CURATORS Michael Carruthers, Andrew Furzeland, Annelise Humpston, Saeed Moinie, David Rossington, Guylee Simmonds & Nicola Smith. FUNDRASING TEAMDesola Adeyemi, Korede Coker, Jo Edmunds, Jonny Edwards,Theo Ellis, Anna Humpston, Terry Lai & Amber SmithPUBLICITY TEAMTeam Leader: Henry LascellesStephanie Adamou, Poppy Boadle, Michael Carruthers, Marcus OConnell, Gareth Cotter & Priit Jurimae BOOKLET DESIGNTeam Leader: Gareth CotterStephanie Adamou, Poppy Boadle, Henry Lascelles, David Rossington & Guylee Simmonds cardiff universityWELSH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE2014show cataloguemaster of architectureWWW.CARDIFFDEGREESHOW.COM