Tutors: Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows, Hocine Bougdah & Eleni Han
Hocine Bougdah runs a design/consultancy practice alongside his academic role. His research interests cover topics including sustainable design, innovative low-tech/low-energy building, spatial experience of users and issues of culture, urbanisation and globalisation.
Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows is an award-winning architect and Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture + Cities. Her teaching draws on her research of methodologies on interdisciplinary approach to design, while her research focuses on architectural responses to the changing climate, landscape and social practices. She received RIBA President’s Award for Research 2019 (commendation).
Eleni Han is an architectural designer, an educator and researcher on architecture, art and curation with a particular interest in space as a state as well as a construct. She is currently a PhD research in architecture and photography.
Year 2: Exploring Peckham through Community Engagement
This year we set out to explore what role a designer plays in addressing racial, spatial and climate injustice; how can architecture; design be a medium between communities and the local authorities and communicate inequity in Peckham?
The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the power of community action and collective response has become vital for communities worldwide, whether they are affected by racial injustice, health and housing inequality and/or the climate change crisis.
Our initial research included community engagement and ethnographic practices to explore Peckham. The information was then translated into a series of Mapping drawings, which documented the findings of the effects of coronavirus and environmental injustice. It showed that these issues disproportionately affect socio-economically vulnerable communities living in high risk areas.
The Mapping output and visual documentation were presented to the local authority’s Regeneration Team, and led to early design proposals, challenging the students to design a place to facilitate community engagement.
Students have been encouraged to learn from examples around the world and consider architectural responses to the extreme environments and social inequity, for example exploring case study projects such as the Baris Village by Egyptian Modernist architect Hassan Fathy.
The final design brief for the year has been to design A Civic Space/ Community Dwelling/ Public Place /Peoples’ Institution on an urban site in Peckham using architectural landscaping and spatial formalisation. The proposals are embedded within the neighbourhood and the community to form an integral part of everyday life, beautifying and activating a public space.
These interactive methods and the findings from the local climate, context and the communities, have informed the final building proposals, which responded to the environmental, ecological and social aspects of the context.