This week the year 1 architecture students have been highly productive in the casting suite. They are getting their hand dirty (and also in most cases their hair, face, shoes, entire workshop!) and learning about the making processes. They have been working with Rob Britt this week, our talented and supportive workshop technician. Students are considering architectural composition, architectonic language, and even structures through how they are considering the suspension of the models within a frame. The cubes are already taking on a life of their own and students are taking pride and ownership of their work driven by the process of making. We can’t wait to start cutting these beauties up to reveal whats inside!!
Year 2 Architecture students undertook a live brief in the Chambers Woods today. The first site visit included an excellent walk about by Wally Grice, the beat manager from the Forestry Commission. Wally wants students to make a response to site, so an excellent opportunity to for students to think about how to use locally sourced materials in innovative ways, considering how to grapple with environmental, social and economic sustainability. Keep an eye on here to see updates on this project and other live projects happening in Year 2!
Year one Architecture students got off to a flying start this year with a one week project titled ’30 Second City’. Pairs of students were tasked to document one of 25 sites in the city of Lincoln using video, animation, sound etc. The results have been uploaded to Joseph Gordon-Levitts creative collaborative site www.hitrecord.org
Student work can be seen here
Small architectural interventions were designed as a response to documentation. Some can be seen here. More will be on our portfolio site shortly! This can be found here
Year 1 Architecture students have been studying Le Corbusiers paintings and architecture and have developed a series of planar relief models as part of the Design, Process and Communication module. The resulting models will be used to develop a further set of models to bring students through a journey of transcription or process. The photographs show a small selection of the hundred models that have been produced. Watch this space for the next iteration to make full use of our casting suite! Thanks to Jeff Pashley, one of our workshop staff who has been working closely with educating students on model making so far this year. Seems to be working!
This month we have seen kicked off the RIBA East Midlands Mentoring Scheme for Year 3 architecture students. Working with the RIBA East Midlands Cecilia Godoy and Mike Baulcombe (regional director of the RIBA East Midlands) we are very excited to run the initiative for the second year. Year 3 students have been teamed up with local architects to get an insight into the practice of an architect by attending site and office visits and client meetings.
The first meeting of mentors and mentees took place this October getting the scheme off to a great start. Energetic and informative conversations took place, all thanks to enthusiastic and passionate local practitioners and engaged students! Watch this space for updates!
Last years students said that:
‘ it gave me an understanding of the overall role of an architect’ and ‘it allowed me to see how our teaching is applied in practice’
Another student enjoyed garnering ‘valuable experience of a live project‘.
One of the architects involved in the mentoring Scheme said that they ‘really enjoyed meeting the students and their enthusiasm for the subject’!
Over the past month the year 1 architecture students have been getting the high viz on and trekking around the building site on campus, the extension to the engineering building! Kier, a leading property, residential, construction and services group, has been great in supporting student learning in accommodating us on site. Colin Low, site manager has been fantastic and so enthusiastic in giving students insight to the making of buildings!
Year 1 Architecture students visited Lincoln Cathedral this week as part of their History and Theory studies. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to use the city as a way to understand history of architecture and gets hands on with the fabric of the city.
Students had a wonderful opportunity to view some of the original drawings of the cathedral from the 18th and 19th century, usually stored in the Wren Library. Activities included architectural tours and drawing exercises. Students are now developing portfolios of drawing studies of the cathedral and its structure.
Frequency Festival of Digital Culture is a biennial festival hosted in the city of Lincoln, providing a platform to celebrate the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collision and debate. It showcases artists’ work from all over the world, using a historic city as its canvas and sharing it around the globe.
A multi disciplinary team of students and staff based in the Lincoln School of Architecture and Design and the Lincoln School of Computer Science has exhibited at the Drill Hall in Lincoln for Frequency Festival. Working as a team for a number of years, exploring the question; how to materialize or make physical the immaterial world of social media? Projects they have completed include the Gold Medal winning Twitter gardens in Chelsea and Harrogate.
A mechanised installation controlled via Twitter, Pynchon’s Wall searches for key words and phrases related to this year’s Frequency theme of liberation and moves its panels based on the data it receives. The wall mines its own analysis and responds directly to certain subjects, allowing the audience to interact with and direct the work, forming a visual representation of public opinion.
The project has been highlighted as one of the exhibits to see in numerous publications and social media!
For Further information please visit: www.thestanproject.com
Last weekend we ran a wonderful Architecture workshop with 80 girls aged between eight and thirteen in the School of Architecture and Design. Organised as part of the Universities Athena Swan initiative, the programme consists of four STEM-themed Saturday morning workshops per academic year.
The workshop focused on asking the girls what future cities might behold for us! Each team was assigned a specific theme and the results were fantastic. We had everything from bobsleigh towers and zoos in the sky to balloons that float over the city and play music to everyone!
Both undergraduate and postgraduate architecture students and staff worked with nine teams of girls to work incredibly hard to produce a 9 square meter drawing in just two hours! The use of a common architectural drawing style created a fabulous visual impact! For a closer look the work is to be exhibited in the atrium space of the architecture building.
Staff and students involved: Barbara Griffin, Primali Paranagamage, Benji Nijar, Thomas Hudson, Alisha Abraham, Lewis North, Chloe Pottter, Lauren Pincher, Arvin Sarroza, Lorna Lovatt, Danai Moustaki, Louise Hamilton and Tejal Dave