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This year's Stage 1 project involved designing a space for an assigned discipline. The disciplines represented other courses studied in Central Saint Martins and ranged from fashion textiles to photography.

The project was divided into phases starting at physical, historical, and environmental investigations of one of the four sites, slowly transitioning to hands-on discipline investigations and taxonomic studies of materials, processes, and approaches associated with the disciplines. 

 

At the end of the surveying and investigating period, students were asked to take all the knowledge gathered from the previous phases and synthesise it into a building designed to accommodate workshop space and support facilities for an assigned discipline, including a gallery space showcasing the discipline’s end product. 

The project challenged our understanding of the material considerations and structure, as well as privacy, social movement, atmosphere, site context, and relationships between various groups of people in the area. Projects presented celebrate careful and thorough investigation of a new area mixed together with a deeper understanding of social dynamics and often complex relationships between private and public. They alter, compliment, or adapt to the existing site, exposing systems, patterns, and arrangements that are not always visible to the eye.

Studio 1 and 2 explored York Way, located on the border between Islington and Camden. The site is adjacent to the busy York Way Road, which is diagonal to the roads bridge that goes over the Regents Canal. The site is framed by brick walls on three sides that divide the housing from the main road. Across from the site, over the canal, is King’s Place which casts a large shadow over the site.

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The Goodsway Bridge Site is set on a lower level to the surrounding street area which was explored by Studio 3 and Studio 4. The walkway on-site is narrow and is accompanied by a part of the Regents Canal. On the opposite side of the canal are steps for sitting which is often used as a public space for relaxation and lunch breaks. It is a very public site for transitory activities such as running or walking; whilst the boat owners use the site to secure their boats.

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Rufford Street is a steep, sloping site on a railway siding just north of the King’s Cross Central development. It is situated in a small industrial area, next to a cement plant, a plumbing supplies depot and a construction skills centre, as well as the large area of train tracks that make up Copenhagen Junction. The site is at the corner, directly next to the northern portal of the Copenhagen Tunnel leading to Kings Cross Station. The wider area of the site is largely residential, with new apartment blocks in the King’s Cross development to the south and a large residential area built in the 1970s to the north and east.

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Studios 7 and 8 were working on the St Pancras Cruising Club. The site is overlooked by a 6-meter tall brick wall on the north and northwestern side. Regents Canal is the closest water body and is eutrophic standing water. South of the site there is Camley street national park which is a semi-natural broad-leaved woodland with a construction site. Somers Town bridge separates the construction site from the car park and is used by pedestrians. Rail lines from St Pancras run along the western side of the site and are the main source of noise around the area.

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