AA Inter 3


AA Inter 3 2008-09

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Nothing is final, narratives are constantly rewritten.

A high-speed train gin factory, biomaterial laboratories, a publishing house nested in a paper recycling facility, a tea boutique, urban bread networks, an ink memoir landscape in the London Docks, micro-productive squatting workshops, unpackaging shipyards, a 24/7 urban farm, symbiotic trash fields with family allotments in London’s East End – these are some of the projects developed as part of this year’s Productive Visions agenda. In a unit led by design research, students have assembled their own programmes based on local findings and stories, personal interests and creative discipline. Navigating between literary fictions and building literals, the projects deliver insights into public imaginations while addressing the urgency of constructing a rich and intricate actual environment.

After initial urban incursions and the design of small mechanical devices the unit flew to Cairo to research the food crisis in Egypt. In the streets of Cairo the investigation expanded to the city’s cacophony and its exuberant markets replete with food, but no buyers. Having experienced stretches of desert, Arab drums, suburban mosques, perfume palaces and residential cemeteries, students designed strategic and highly sensitive projects connecting Cairenes’ needs to local charm and eccentricities.

After this study of production vs consumption customs in Egypt, the final project was based in London, more specifically in the East End borough of Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest and most overpopulated areas in the city. Here, the students explored the concept of frugality, less as an allusion to poverty, and more in the sense of compact networks of production and consumption materialised in the form of architecture and infrastructural fields. Projects such as ‘The Purging Symbiosis’ by Alma Wang encompass a complex network of users, mixing organic waste production and the contemporary family cell so as to form a provocative and hopeful urban landscape. By designing an interdisciplinary architecture that transits between the effective and expressive mode, Inter 3 projects articulate stories not only about their locations but also about the students themselves.

GALLERY 2008-09:
TUTORIALS & WORKSHOPS
CRITS
CAIRO FIELD TRIP
END OF YEAR EXHIBITION
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INTER 3 students 2008-09:
ALMA . BORJA . ELINA . GARY . GUSTAV . HYE-JU . JIN-HO . LUKE . MAX . REBECCA . REBEKAH . SHEN
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