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This year Studio 1 designed the brief around the IPCC Special Report on the consequences of a 1.5oC global temperature increase. The challenge of limiting and reversing the effects of global temperature rise as a result of climate change will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult issues ever faced by the human race. With the construction industry being one of the biggest polluting industries worldwide it is now more crucial than ever to build not only for sustainable futures but for regenerative ones. 

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Studio 2 investigates ways in which architecture may become a key agent of inclusive urban and social regeneration; how this may impact the processes and networks involved in producing the civic, urban fabric of the city.  We approach the production of civic space as a complex process where the cohabitation of different social and cultural groups is constantly negotiated in conditions of multiplicity and simultaneity. This juxtaposition of actors, groups allows different communities to interact and develop both specific and shared civic agencies and identities.

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Following these years Extinction Rebellion Protests and School Climate strikes, the ‘Climate Crisis’ we face has been foregrounded in the national debate. Members of these movements, often young, stood in defiance to make it heard that the young stood in defiance to make it heard that the young generation will stand to address this crisis head-on. Whilst cultural and political change is slow, there is a new generation of climate activists who are lawyers designers, doctors, teachers and architects. 

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In a context of rapidly growing populations and mass migration, the struggle for space is increasingly becoming a challenge for cities. Hyper Adjacency places an emphasis on assessing the impact political-level decision making has at the smaller scale of our everyday lives. 

 

“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit”

- Henry Adams

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Civic Expression aims to investigate the potential of the public library’ to raise the identity, economics and architecture of our cities to new heights. As the library continues its evolution through contemporary challenges of altering information sources, societal inequality, and democratic unease, students in Studio 5 are working to assess the role of the library in shaping a community’s identity. To understand how the architecture of public life can behave as a communicative, tactile and expressive act.

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City Within A City aims to blur the boundaries between practise and academia, responding to the present-day financial demands of modern-day erudition and professional expectations. Their responses consider the physical context, connectivity and the socio-economic fabric, local activities and public desires. 

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The agenda of Studio 7 is ‘Designing Politics’, exploring the relationship between design and alternative political futures. Imagining Collaborative Futures is a call for an adventure towards new utopian horizons that can generate innovations for global social, political and cultural sustainability in the face of the ongoing converging crises. 

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Studio 8 focuses on the question of what could constitute an ‘aesthetics of sustainability’. In particular how this could look in the future, beyond the application of natural materials and sustainable services, such as solar panels etc. Studio 8 looks at this question in terms of invention; something that’s new but has a deeper connection to existing building culture, whilst recognising cultural and climatic specificity. 

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