The Thesis Design Project provides a forum for our students to investigate Climate Change through one of two design studios described below and encourages students to question and push the boundaries of contemporary design thinking. The macro-scale and planning intervention form the starting point of this project and requires students to consider the various landscape relationships, holistically and strategically, in space and time. This moves on to articulate the design vision at the human scale and using the materiality expressed in Landscape Architecture.

Productive landscapes in a changing world

Sandra Costa Lead Tutor   |   Russell Good Tutor   |   Robert Colbourne Visiting Tutor

This studio investigates climate change through the lenses of productive urban landscapes.

The disassociation between food and cities is damaging the environment and impacting on the health of urban populations. By 2050, 80% of all food is expected to be consumed in cities and as Carolyn Steel points out, “Cities, like people, are what they eat.” Our students were invited to explore networks, notions and relationships between food and cities in order to reimagine the paradigm shift of current food production and consumption models, and propel the position of circular economies, ecosystems and resilience in this process. Birmingham, culturally diverse, young and in the process of reinventing itself, is an ideal ground for this debate and endeavour and to address issues such as poor health and poor food habits, diets, deprivation and segregation, climate and food sustainability. The students’ proposals illustrate contemporary designs for Birmingham by moving from [city] strategic level to [site] focus where strategies were developed as speculative visions of a better food system model.

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Birmingham B4 7BD UK
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