Kingston University London
B Arch 2015 – 2016
This year our studio project is set in Coimbra, Portugal, a city characterised by the legacy of one of Europe’s oldest universities. In the dramatic topography of the city, the architectures of colleges, churches and libraries have defined the structure and the unique character of Coimbra. In collaboration with the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra, we investigated the various typologies of urban living that form the background to seven centuries of production and dissemination of knowledge by the institutions of learning. Lectures and workshops in the local school of Architecture set the context for our research field work, subsequently forming the basis of our studio's thesis projects with forms of contemporary living, working and learning in the city.
Typological studies were fundamental to understanding the heritage of the history and theory of our discipline, whilst tectonic studies, developed at the outset of the project and in parallel with the urban/ territorial concept, articulate the poetic and the technical qualities of each scheme.
Ultimately the spatial and cultural potential of making Architecture, derived from the articulation of the form and its matter must substantiate that “Architecture is the physiognomy of culture” (George Howe, 1953).