Calton Hill hosts some of Edinburgh’s most important architectural artefacts symbolising their culture and history. In particular, the Old Royal High School represents Scotland’s desire for independence thus the architectural intervention I propose would reignite a use for the building as a political beacon, used to regulate and formulate laws surrounding the developing use of data.
Data has no boundaries, as there are currently no strict guidelines around jurisdiction and ownership, there must be a formation of laws to control the movement of data. Influences of parasites and growth represent the development of data throughout Calton Hill, the forms split the site into three areas - an educational facility, house of debates and data centre.
All three uses work in tandem in order to establish a new process for making data more tangible.
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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