Cartographic Catalysts: Activating the architectural (postgraduate) studio

Nicola Crowson*, Tina Wallbridge*

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The future architectures and time machines studio for the Master of Architecture (Wallbridge, T. & Crowson, N.) explores architectural interventions via a series of cartographic catalysts to uncover future possibilities.

The Solent and its fragile edges set the scene for these studio physical mapping experiments. Playing with scale from global (warming) to city structures, forts, fields to body all related to uncovering the hidden estuarine histories, futures, and stories.

These mappings layer narratives to frame ideas for future architectural, landscape and urban interventions. This method of place reading represent our continuing practice and research exploring how stories form spatial textiles (spatial textiles Fangqing Lu 2016)), which can structure and enhance our understanding of place (context). Our methodologies comprise:

●Peeling back layers of stories and historic maps
●Collaging architectural dreams in place
●Re-reading and re-presentations of context of ideas
●to (in)form contemporary architectural and urban design that resonate in place

The studio works through a series of cartographic imaginations (Cartographic Grounds Desimini, J. & Waldeheim, C. 2016) from promises to the future (framing individual values in place), through a series of mappings which utilise collage and time frames to explore strategies, interventions and insertions along the fragile edges of the Solent, UK.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalLivingmaps Review
Issue number14
Early online date18 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2023

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