The Biophilic Micro-City explores the notion of socio-ecological wellbeing, through a symbiosis of human and environmental needs. That being, the physical health of our environment and bodies, and emotional health relating to the breadth and depth of our social interactions which is explored in my thesis through ‘Bio-Architecture’ and ‘Learning Streets’ respectively.
The school becomes an urban organism that embodies the complex and diverse thresholds of the city, of past, present and future, where nature permeates the building morphology with a fractal persistence - from the programme to the structural makeup.
This organism involves students in a cradle-to-grave process that sees school by-products being converted into construction materials within the ‘Mushroom Factory’, exploring the potentials of biomanufacturing technologies helping to mitigate waste and encourage environmental design.
As one moves through the site, they become the city-flaneur, absorbing a diverse story of moments and material ecology.
The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.
The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.
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