Dr. Matt Jones Lead Tutor | Matt Hayes Visiting Tutor | Paul Wakelam Tech Tutor
In this studio we will strive to create characterful architecture grounded in the realities of site and context. Based in Birmingham, the city of 1000 Trades, we will explore the craft and technology of making buildings and how an in depth understanding of material and process can influence how we make and remake the city, sustainably shaping its spaces and places.
‘Learning though making’ forms a central practice of our studio, drawing on a synergy between art and industry, culture and production and the creative context of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media. During the exploration phase, students will explore and experiment through making at varying scales up to 1:1 to inform their ideas about craft, making and exchange. This year, 1000 Trades has been exploring how we can challenge business-as-usual construction through the lens of sustainable production and the circular economy.
Students have been asked to reflect on the community aspect of the DR3 brief through the lens of their making processes and adapt this aspect of the building to suit their brief. However, all projects must contain a public-facing aspect to link the making processes to the wider community.