This week's Cass Research Seminar is a final one in the 2018 series, and a celebratory one, with Architecture Research Unit leaders Florian Beigel and Philip Christou returning to The Cass to participate in presentations and discussion on the topic of infrastructures with two Cass PhD students they have co-supervised.
Architecture Research Unit (Florian Beigel and Philip Christou) is an architectural design laboratory primarily concerned with the exploration of ideas about space. These ideas are tested in live projects. ARU is a significant international leader in the definition and practice of design as research.
Pau Bajet's PhD, co-supervised by ARU, defines a series of design artifices for civic transformation. Such artifices are formalized as physical or cultural topographies that might foresee and instigate change in cities or territories. His work seeks, enhances and proposes anticipatory structures, sometimes in fragmentary forms, that might conceal an open-ended sequence of future possibilities. The area for the case-study is the southwest side of Montjuïc hill in Barcelona. Former agricultural lands invaded by industry during the past century, it is today a loose fragment of the urban periphery being gradually absorbed by the city.
Lucy Pritchard's PhD is a site-based work of design as research – a landscape infrastructure for a bastide in southwest France. The PhD has given her the opportunity to follow a very specific line of enquiry into the formative potential of agricultural landscape and its possibilities for the diffusion of urbanity. This talk will give a broad view of a PhD by practice, and explore some of the relationships which seem to exist between the topic, the content and structure, and the idea of creating new architectural knowledge and understanding at this time.
You are most welcome to join us for a drink after this seminar in a local pub, which we will announce on the day.
Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.