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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Teaching methodology

This blog was set up in 2008 and served until 2013 to support teaching-related activities for undergraduate design studio unit A at the school of Architecture at Oxford Brookes.

The unit was lead by Carsten Jungfer for 5 years with support of Colin Priest between 2008-11 and Emu Masuyama in 2012-13. During this time a teaching methodology was developed, that is based around a structured learning framework with inspirational lectures, group workshops, site-visits, field-trips and references to theory and practice supporting students to pursue individual interests by working with open briefs.

The approach to design and learning can be described as site-driven, process-orientated and of multi-scalar nature with an agenda that investigates shifting social, spatial and material conditions in the city. The unit established London as study area for their investigations into urbansim and public realm and the city became testing ground for strategic ideas and architectural interventions. Areas of focus and now under rapid transformation included Old Street roundabout, Mount Pleasant, Aldgate East, Deptford and Blackfriars.

The course also provided hands-on experience and live collaborations with institutions such as RIBA Building Futures Initiative, Design for London, Brandenburg University of Technology, Trada and Eco-build.

Examples of work produced by individual students have been collated into a series of catalogues, that can be viewed online or purchased on-demand at print-cost (see links top right).

2012/13 Liminal States
2011/12 Syndicated Infrastructures
2010/11 Complicit Infrastructures
2009/10 Pro-Local Infrastructures
2008/09 Co-habited Infrastructures

Carsten Jungfer is lecturer at the University of East London since 2012, where he leads an undergraduate design studio in architecture.

LINK to Unit A at the University of East London
LINK to zectorarchitects (practice co-founded by Carsten Jungfer and Norbert Kling)

Friday, 14 June 2013

Unit A 2012/13 Publication of student work : Liminal States

A documentation of student projects in magazine format (22 x 29cm / 190 pages) by Unit A, undergraduate design studio at Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture 2012-13. Edited by Feng Yang, Ben Ellis and Kilian Kleine. Unit Tutors Carsten Jungfer, Emu Masuyama

For preview and purchase (£23.99) via on-demand publishing company blurb, see link.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

London Exhibition

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Tue 11 June 6pm - End of Year show London

opening 11th June at 6pm | 12–13 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0QJ

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

2012/13 Unit A agenda

drawing inspirations...

Some examples here: LINK

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Mon 25 & Thu 28 Portfolio Cross Crit

Mon 25 : Y2
Review panel: Melissa Kinnear (unit D) & Emu 

Thu 28: Y3
Review panel: Julia Hänsel (Unit E) & Carsten

You are reminded that you have to upload your work to Moodle prior to the crits.

The Cross Crit will be held in form of a table top review. For that we want to see your entire portfolio from sem1 and sem2 up to date and we would like to see it printed in full size (not as A3!!! - this proved too small at the interim) Alternatively - (we are not so keen on this) you can show it via the screens. if you go down that route - make sure you upload before 10.00 and that the single pdf shows without pixellation, etc... you will also need to have site plans, plans and sections printed to scale (1:100) in any case.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Ecobuild 2013 - Plywood Prototypes

Arnold Laver Timber Merchants (our material sponsor) asked us to exhibit one of the eight 1:1 plywood prototypes we produced through means of digital fabrication at their stand at Ecobuild in London (5-7th March 2013)

The team consisting of Maria Damoutzidou, Susanne Stavseng and Ben Ellis write about their designs, that "using plywood as sole material, we were able to create a complex and playful threshold that relied on the behaviour of our material and user interaction to change the immediate and surrounding environments.  We achieved this by controlling the degree of flexibility at certain points throughout the structure by glue-laminating the plywood at varying thicknesses."

Friday, 1 March 2013

Mon 4 Mar - Interim Crit in London 10.00

crit location:
18 Ashwin Street
London E8 3 DL

transport:Dalston Kingsland / Dalston Junction overground

Guest critics:
Valentin Bontjes van Beek
Jack Case
Anna Mansfield
Colin Priest
Mercedes Rodrigo Garcia
Gregory Ross

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Mon 11 Feb 10.00am Lecture + Tutorials

10.00 am Lecture on circulation, staircases and ramps, 1:1 tutorials after...

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Thu 7 Feb - 10.00 Spatial sequence workshop

We will run a full day workshop on Thursday. Start with briefing at 10.00. Please bring model-making material (cardboard / greyboard approx 1mm thick), and tools equipment (cutter, cutting matt, ruler, glue, etc....). Finish 18.00

Lecture is uploaded to dropbox

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Thu 31 Jan - 9.30 Urban Charrette Workshop

We are doing a full day workshop with the 1:500 context model you are currently building. ( that needs to be finished by end of today)

We are starting at 9:30 am with the briefing for the day (due to Y3 forum 10-11)
Please be there 9:30 sharp.

Please bring:
model-making tools: cutter, glue, ruler, pens, etc...

material: Foam (any colour - what ever you find, can also be off-cuts, etc.), or large chunk of cheap white soap (£1 shop) which can be cut easily... or any other solid material you can work with using cutters (as workshop remains with no machines to cut timber)
Quantity: we aim at producing about 10 x 1:500 massing model of the building - so you can work it out roughly....

bring camera to record your designs. 

We will finish around 18:00

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Mon 28 Jan - Mapping tutorials and pin-up

group tutorials in morning on your group site analysis and mapping, followed by afternoon of pin-up, concluding on general site observation. Please also have your original notes with you. don't forget the key photograph of your theme.