Design Studio (2016-2017)
Oxford Brookes University
Andrew Dawson and Igea Troiani
BOOK - Unfinished Cuba. Available here: http://www.blurb.com/b/7986231-unfinished-cuba
The DS1 studio continued its design research on unfinished buildings – begun in 2014-15 as a study of incomplete architectures in Athens, moving in 2015-16 to the outskirts of Madrid to study the potential of unfinished ‘ghost’ urbanisations. In 2016-17 we examined the possibilities of unfinished buildings in Havana in Cuba. While the studio has an overarching area of research the studio is premised on student’s choosing a particular area of design research in relation to the Cuban unfinished buildings. The studio emphasises research-led design projects, ones based on establishing a position and stance on development of incomplete sites and buildings. The studio involved student-led theoretical, historical and cultural research and writing. It also involved fieldwork to locate unfinished buildings/sites, one of which each student chose to focus their design upon. Each student developed one major large-scale urban design and an architectural design project. The precise programme for the major project was developed after the site visit and was unique for each student. Themes students chose to explore over the year include: urban agriculture; socially responsible development; economies of design and sale; new and old materials, waste and reuse; nature climate temperature; quotidian life, local, vernacular and global; handcrafted or machine-made; colour, symbolism and cultural identity; legal versus illegal architecture (drawings or artefacts).