“The weather forecast is our mediated experience thermostat letting us know if we are freezing and in which direction the wind is blowing…Our sense of cold is activated by the temperature reading on the thermostat, not by a chill on the skin…”
– from Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Forecast and Now
This year Studio 11 will investigate notions of the future through the act of “forecasting.” It will carry out a series of experimental predictions in order to better understand architecture’s role in creating (and challenging) context and place in the contemporary world.
It will be explored through the notion of the “village.” In a time when people are looking beyond the city for a new way of life, the village presents an active lens for exploring ideas of the future. This year the site will be the village of Preston, one of the oldest parts of Brighton. Preston village is a fascinating source of history, narrative and culture, rich with surreal moments, and a varied architectural palette.
What role does the growing presence of the virtual/the digital/the image play in this, and in our own design process? What opportunities can arise from this? In what way do the ideas we have of the future act to bring it into existence?
Students will pursue these investigations through a series of creative design tasks that act to support the articulation of a strong design language. Prediction and future-thinking will be central to the brief, as will hands-on making (all required model assignments will take into account limitations of materials/space/documentation etc.). There will be a theoretical position and small-scale experimental architecture project in Term One that will reflect a robust site survey and investigation. Students will undertake group work at key moments through the year.
The tasks set by Studio 11 will work to encourage and shift contemporary ideas of architecture by challenging perspectives and developing new design methods + conceptual territories as the year progresses.
Following the experimental work of the first term, 2021 will develop the architectural interests of each student toward a clear and complete building design, demonstrating an imaginative and critical response to the brief.
In the creative process the element of risk is always present. We welcome this and support an active desire to engage with the more unseen and unknown aspects of site and inhabitation.