NTU Architecture Subject Group

The House of the Machine God

Leith Docks is to the modern visitor a wasteland, a relic of the industrial past which enriched Edinburgh. The Imperial Dock Grain Warehouse once sat amidst this landscape, its demolition completed in 2022 – the terminus of an 89-year history of logistics operation and escalating waves of automation and mechanisation in the pursuit of efficiency and profit.

A speculative stay of execution paired with an act of future-casting allows the consideration of the world of the Final Industrial Revolution™ sparked by the creation of truly sentient artificial intelligence and the production of a new form for the grotesque body of Capital. Humanity’s only responsibility is to ensure the machine remains operational – functioning within spaces intended not for human inhabitation but for the logical organisation and efficient operation of mechanical productive forces. Control is exerted over human actors through psychological and phenomenological effects of architecture, a future beyond the Anthropocene played out in the House of the Machine God.

Stu Napier
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Stu Napier
MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

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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