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Catch the LSA winter show on our instagram feed

The LSA is hosting this year’s Winter Exhibition on Instagram to give a preview of the ideas that are currently animating the school.

Showing work-in-progress from the first term, Second Year students have defined an individual objective to design architecture that could have a positive impact on London life as part of the Design Speculation module, while First Years have worked in groups to produce urban strategies for numerous areas within Hackney as part of the Design Cities module

Work from the students is being posted daily throughout December and January. Make sure you don’t miss it!


Design Speculation

This module is taught by tutors drawn from the Practice Network, students explore their own approach to how they design, evidenced and tested through an architectural proposition (a building), and triangulated with contemporary and historical precedent. The module asks students to consider the type of architecture they would like to design in their future careers. Running in parallel with the Design History module, it aims to: develop a student’s ability to research and analyse architectural precedents and references and to gain experience in how these can be incorporated into a design proposal to give further definition to the student’s personal design practice and language; and provide students with the opportunity to test possible design positions, strategies and outputs, and seeks to enhance a student’s design skills in making spatially sophisticated and contextually appropriate architectural proposals, in preparation for the Comprehensive Design Project.

Design Cities

Cites are the most complex creations of humankind. They are formed through the cumulative efforts of countless people over
deep time. They are landscapes transformed by the construction of infrastructure, public spaces and the assembly of vast numbers of mundane buildings and architectural treasures. Within this material city flows the restless living city in all its diversity and variety. Cites are indeed complex.

In the Design Cities module students will engage in the exploration and analysis of the city and be challenged to design
a spatial intervention that engages with the urban condition that their studies has uncovered. They will also become familiar with the role of an architect in the process of urban change that engages the efforts of many diverse professions and interests, often working in conflict one with another. Delight at the remarkable human achievement of city making should not blind us to the problems that beset society and the city. Economic, social, cultural, and environmental problems are made manifest in the way we design, manage and live in cites. The architect may conceive the city as a purely spatial creation; we will discover that it is also built politics.

London is embedded in the name of the school it is also our study laboratory, muse, inspiration, and home. In 2020 Design Cities will, for the second time, turn our collective attention to the study of the London Borough of Hackney.

Design Cites is a foundation for the entire two-year LSA programme. It aims to provide students with the urban design skills required by the best architects; to provide the urban research to inform the Design Think Tank project that follows on from Design Cities; and the urban analysis to support design projects throughout the two-year LSA programme. Above all it is intended to inspire students to delight in a lifelong exploration of humankind’s greatest collective creation.