UEL Construction Week 2017
Thames View Junior School in Barking Riverside invited students from UEL Landscape Architecture to design and construct a scheme for one of the playing fields on the school premises.
After a very short design phase a range of options were presented to the deputy head and other staff from which a final scheme was composed.
Consrtuction took place over 5 days.
Materials Budget: £1500
Part I: Model Making
Identify three separate sites in Folkestone where you have perceived a moment of change or difference.
Articulate this event or process through a simplified/ abstracted physical representation (a model).
Produce plan and section drawings of the model.
Study Site:Folkstone - Harbour Arm Regeneration
Part II: Meeting Point
Propose a new landscape intervention, a ‘Meeting Point’, in one of sites selected in Part 1.
The intervention will make or express a junction/ join between these two spaces. It will be a space that can be ‘occupied’ by at least two people at the same time. It can function as a means of crossing the threshold, experiencing the change, moving from one place to the other, or it can be a means of emphasising/ reinforcing the threshold you have identified.
It may be a space that can be ‘used’, a place where people can stop, or a place to move through or along or between, but the primary function is to relate to/ reveal/ explore the difference/ change you identified in Part 1. It must be large enough that you can either be ‘within it’ , ‘under it’ or ‘on it’, but it will not be a complete enclosure. It will be an element of landscape.
You will illustrate your proposed approach using three images representing a ‘walkthrough’ of your Meeting Point. Your walkthroughs will be adaptations to photographed images of your site from different angles. At least one of the 3 walkthrough images will be a computer generated rendering made using Adobe Photoshop
Study Site:Folkstone - Coastal Park Design Project
You will design a pocket park within a small public space that sits at the threshold between land, sea and sky. Your primary focus is the green space from the Wear Bay Road to the cliff top between Varne Place and Wear Bay Crescent.
Your brief is to improve on what’s there, to make an inviting functional green from a feature-less lawn - a new pocket park space, primarily for local residents, that also responds to, and potentially signals, the access to a key tourist destination in the town. First and foremost you must aim to make it a valuable part of the neighbourhood, a space where people can meet, talk, exchange, relax, and even play. It will be both a threshold and a place in its own right.
Within your design, you will address movement flows, level changes at the upper level, and propose at least one ‘structure’ that will meet at least one of the following functional requirements within your space.
providing a retaining function
accommodating a change in level
providing shelter or shade,
marking an entrance or threshold
operating as a landmark
Barcelona Field Trip
MA Landscape Architecture students made a field trip to Barcelona in November 2017, visiting many study sites across the city. As part of the studio module of the course, students were tasked with selecting one of the sites visited which was deemed to be a particularly successful public space. Parc del Clot was selected and this report presents a field report from the park with analysis as to its particular strengths.
Parc El Clot - East West Axial Corridor
Parc El Clot - Hard Landscaping Technical Study
Alexandra Road Park
This brief of this essay was examine Alexandra Road Park in Camden along many dimensions including its history, social and architectural context, functional analysis, usage, materiality, and planting. Through a process of first hand site visits over a period of weeks, research and analysis, a broad and complex picture emerges of the factors behind the development of the site and ultimately the experience of park as seen today.
Full report available here
Urban Study: Hoxton
Colliers Wood - Urban Mapping
In the 1960s the director of University of Pennsylvannia's Landscape department, Ian McHarg, created a method in designing landscape now called the McHargian method. The method aims to capture natural and social aspects of the site systematically, and, through overlaying them, to identify areas suitable for intervention and and change. These aspects include vegetation, hydrology,a soil structure, geology, morphology, sun and shade, erosion, areas of cultural sensitivity and other components related to the site. Gathered information was represented as tones of different density on a transparent film scale plan of the surveyed area . All transparent film maps would be placed on top of each other, to allow McHarg to further understand and ‘value’ the landscape from different perspectives simultaneously.
You will work in teams to gather physical and nonphysical information and represent it as a coherent and legible set of drawings, which will be considered simultaneously as a way of understanding complex relationships between different aspects of place
The following drawings address the built form aspects of the site
types of buildings
vernacular materials and construction
Colliers Wood - Future City Masterpan