Contractor Indigo Projects has completed the groundworks and the superstructure at this location. Courtyard landscaping and green roof are progressing as scheduled. The courtyard is designed as a stepped landscape with a series of retaining walls, seating areas and planting beds. Every room of the house has a strong visual relationship with the courtyard which is an intimate space designed to ensure privacy.

DRAW and architect Marcus Beale at Chelsea College of Arts –  Drawing Space, an event reflecting on architectural drawing and its role in defining space.  Despite the fact that we ‘design’ = think at the tip of a pencil, architecture is not a visual art. It is not about what buildings look like.  What we see in architecture is the surface, the boundary between air and solid.  We can see the edges of the space, a superficial understanding. Neither can architecture be described sufficiently by its three dimensional form and materials.  It is not only about where buildings are and what they are made of.  This describes the enclosure itself, but does not begin to address what is enclosed.  Architectural drawings have a purpose, to record, to analyse, to set-out, to instruct, to give an impression.  In the Drawing Space seminar Marcus will talk about the role of drawing in past and current architectural practice, from masons’ marks, through Beaux-Arts, upward axonometrics, choreography, cubism and computer modelling, with particular reference to the creation of new spaces and his work at Marcus Beale Architects (MBA).  MBA specialise in doing ‘new things in old places’ and have instigated radical alterations to protected buildings and historic sites, as well as realising striking new developments in sensitive settings.  Marcus’s presentation – Drawing Space – was followed by a discussion chaired by Tania Kovats, Course Director, MA Drawing. 

The Drawing Space seminar was at Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU opposite Tate Britain.

This event organised by DRAW (Drawing Research at Wimbledon), a postgraduate reading group focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. DRAW is led by Tania Kovats, (Course Director, MA Drawing) and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.  A review of the event here.

Tuesday, 9 November 2004 / Architecture

Architecture At Cambridge?

The Economist explains why the department was earmarked for closure and prompts Charles Clarke to look for an explanation.

In short: it’s expensive to educate architects.

Update: on 8 December 2004

The University voted to examine a future business plan for the school and in January 2005 the decision to continue was confirmed:

“The Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge is to remain open. The General Board today welcomed recent restructuring changes and unanimously accepted the new academic strategy for the Department. The strategy, drawn up by the School of Arts and Humanities working with the Department, will see the Department focus its research on sustainable design. Building on existing strengths, the Department’s research expertise will be restructured to explore six themes within this overall research focus. New academic appointments – in the first instance, a professor and a university lecturer in the field of sustainable design, with consideration of additional appointments to follow – will be made possible by the early retirement or departure of six of the 17 academic staff of the Department. Consideration is also being given to ways of bringing research and teaching activities into a single site.” “Architecture decision from the University of Cambridge – 12 January 2005 [source: University of Cambridge]

So the excellent undergraduate course [Part 1 of the architect’s training] remains open. The Diploma course [Part 2], internationally renowned, remains for the moment closed. The Professional practice course [Part 3] remains functioning, as does the M Phil and research functions. Contact the school or Scroope (alumni pages) for further details.