Urban Agriculture submission, Design Cities 2020
Our first design module explores the wider context of how the built environment and the city are made and remade, introducing you to the structures, systems, power relations, practices, processes and influences that shape the city and region of Greater London. This module supports you, as an emerging professional, in developing research and analytical skills and in constructing a mature reading of the city, a borough, a neighbourhood and its constituent architectures.
Design Cities explores the aesthetic, typological and morphological consequences of different forms and processes of development, relating the political and economic processes of the city to architectural and urban form, type and character, recognising that the architect is only one protagonist among many in creating the form and nature of our built environment. Three general models of development are explored:
- Private – developer and private-sector-led
- Public – local authority and state-led
- Alternative – radical and activist-led
Working in groups with your peers, you will use drawing and mapping to study and test spatial strategies from these different perspectives. You will then produce an individual design proposition that tests your understanding of how the urban built environment is produced.