Today’s live blog from the President’s Medals crit will appear here between 1130 and 1300. The three student medallists – Jack Hudspith, Jonathan Schofield and Clare Richards – will present their work to a panel including Sir David Chipperfield, Peter Blundell Jones, Marcos Cruz and RIBA President Ruth Reed. Each student will give a 15-minute presentation on their project, followed by comments from the panel.
At around 1230, the students will take general questions from the audience, including your questions – post a comment on this blog post, and we will address the questions to the students and post the responses here.
After hearing about some fantastic student projects, the crit has come to a close. Thank you for reading, and for those of you who submitted comments. We hope the feed was informative and useful. The full video of the crit will be available on architecture.com shortly.
Jonathan explains his choice of brief, developed individually from a unit agenda starting point. Clare used her previous career experience as a starting point for the dissertation.
Jack advises new students to architecture to gain as much experience as possible, even before university, and emphasises the need for knowledge on buildability.
Clare is grateful for the ability to make a career change to architecture. Discusses the expensive nature of the course, and emphasises the need for determination.
Jonathan expresses his luck at having a job at the moment! Emphasises the need for passion about the field.
The floor is now open for questions – thank you to those who have submitted comments online – these will be addressed to the students shortly.
Marcos Cruz discusses the need for cross-collaboration of architecture with social subject areas in universities.
The panel discussing Clare’s work:
Peter Blundell-Jones praises the in-depth investigation of specific case studies in dissertations.
Sir David Chipperfield emphasises the importance of family structures, perhaps more evident and effective in other cultures than in the UK.
Clare suggests a need for more focus on the social context of architecture in architectural schools, addressing the heads of schools in the room.
“Architecture must be part of a collaborative process – it’s about people”
“Self-motivation and autonomy are essential for thriving communities”
Clare discusses phased redevelopment and infill social housing as solutions to the issues of relocation and large scale disruption of communities.
Social housing – ‘identikit homes’ producing ‘identikit people’?
Sir David Chipperfield critiques Jonathan Schofield’s work
Clare’s dissertation examines two communities in East London, which have experienced differing levels of funding and political involvement in their regeneration.
Can ‘happy communities’ be created by design?
Clare Richards will now present her winning entry for the dissertation medal – Happy Communities.
Marcos Cruz compliments the dynamic expression of the scheme through film. Suggests there is space for such large scale celebrative high-tech architecture.
Peter Blundell-Jones mentions the potential conflict between the industrial process and the community, citing Cedric Price’s idea of buildings as an enabling apparatus.
The scheme described as exotic and fascinating by Sir David Chipperfield. Praises the tactile sense of the scheme as presented, despite the use of computer generated imagery.
Jonathan ends his presentation with a video of the process and visuals of the final scheme. Available online here: http://vimeo.com/12262000
Reusable components employed in the design to offer potential for future reconfiguration by the end users.
Visibility of the process from the public areas creates a narrative and spectacle.
Documentation of collaborative modelmaking process informing the community-based nature of the design.
Jonathan suggests the process of shipbreaking as an opportunity for creating employment in the Silvertown area of East London, and as a necessary response to unsafe practices in shipbreaking yards internationally.
Jack thanks the panel for their comments. Jonathan Schofield will now present his project – Silvertown Shipbreaking Yard.
Cruz references Buckminster-Fuller, on the ambiguity of lightness/massiveness in the scheme.
Marcos Cruz identifies and commends the focus on the user and what happens within the building.
Discussion of ‘visitor centre syndrome’ in schools of architecture from Peter Blundell-Jones.
“The challenge in architecture is to make poetry in the mundane” – Chipperfield
Chipperfield commends Jack for looking at the connection between landscape and architecture, and his choice of precedent in Miralles’ work, but questions the massive nature of the scheme.
David Chipperfield is the first to comment on Jack’s work, mentioning the difficulty of sustaining such a poetic programme throughout the design process, a general comment on projects throughout schools of architecture.
Jack explains the use of concrete as thermal mass, with activities in the school during the day creating heat which is then released overnight.
Jack Hudspith is presenting his Cook School project, discussing his ideas for off-grid living.
The room is filling up, the students are ready and waiting to present to the panel. RIBA President Ruth Reed will be introducing them shortly. The full crit is being video recorded and will be uploaded at a later date.