The MA Architecture + Urbanism course is the Manchester School of Architecture's taught postgraduate course which conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

More Masters

A further selection of work from the recent submissions by the MA A+U 2012 cohort

Jack Penford Baker

Kihong Kim

Aylin Tara Bahcecioglu

Zoe Mason

Lisa Kinch film here

Anna Lucas

Nicholson Kumwenda

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Masters Submissions 2012

23 MA A+U students submitted their final thesis documents at the Manchester School of Architecture this morning, presenting a wide-ranging set of proposals and explorations in Architecture and Urbanism. Prior to assessment commencing here are a few images of the very high standard of research presented.

Laura Minca

Angela Heaney

Yussur Al-Chokdar

Damien Wolliscroft

Mark Turner

Rajinder Matharu

Edward Patton

The students also collated items from the very successful Symposium they organised in May as a documentary record of what has been a very enjoyable academic year. You can see more material from MA Architecture + Urbanism 2012 at the MA Show at Cube Gallery, Manchester between 28 September and 5 October.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Architecture + Urbanism recommends "Palladio Virtuel"

An upcoming exhibit at the Yale School of Architecture is turning the work of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio on its head. Through an in-depth examination of 20 Palladio-designed villas, architect Peter Eisenman and Yale architecture critic Matthew Roman counter notions that the architect’s work was founded on ideal forms. Using color-coded diagrammatic models of each villa (highlighting traditional architectural components such as the portico, circulation, and central figured spaces) the pair argues that the villas’ forms fell away from the architect’s renowned part-to-whole stability to the point that their components became unrecognizable. Even Palladio was willing to reread and renegotiate his designs. At the end of his life, the architect redrew his buildings to reflect new ideas about how he wanted the structures to look and function. Eisenman has referred to the value of Palladio previously.

The exhibition runs from 20 August - 27 October 2012

Friday, 3 August 2012

This Year's Models

Periods of economic depression and lack of construction often lead to moments of reflection and reassessment in architecture, and the current European crisis is no exception. As in previous such periods modes of representation come to the fore and it is therefore no surprise that two great European architectural collections are currently hosting exhibitions focussing on architectural models.

In Frankfurt-am-Main, the German Architecture Museum is hosting Architectural Model: Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia from 25 May -16 September 2012
There is a short video on current techniques here

And in Rome MAXXI is hosting Modelli Models from 19 July - 2 April 2013
There is a short video (in Italian) on the exhibition here
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