Situated in Edinburgh’s Leith Walk site, the project aims to explore the connection between contemporary architecture and materiality through the usage of ‘vernacular materials’ with the 'Spolia' approach by introducing a ‘trade school’ building scheme that allows the tradesmen, artisans and craft enthusiasts to become mentors that can bring their business and practical skills to feed the school with their knowledge, whilst guiding the less confident and younger individuals that are seeking a different route from standard education.
The proposed ‘trade school’ will consist on being two buildings that will be built with the vernacular materials of Edinburgh. The school will celebrate the different styles of crafting and trading techniques by accommodating different ‘workshop typologies’ in its design scheme with the hopes of giving the students the necessary mentoring that can increase their confidence when mastering their craft, whilst engaging and developing the ever growing area of Leith.
The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.
Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.
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