Situated on Regent Road at the bottom of Calton Hill, overlooking the city of Edinburgh, the corpse of Thomas Hamilton’s Old Royal High School is unintentionally a sign of wasted potential.
The New Stone Age is a project which recontextualises the Vitruvian education for an Architect. A school of Architecture focusing on both the practice of building (fabrica) and the reasoning (ratiocinatio) that it is built upon. Architecture is taught through the Vitruvian principles allowing students to freely respond while incorporating ideas from key subjects Drafting, Geometry, Law, Astronomy, Music, Medicine, History and Philosophy through the lens of Architecture.
Inspired by Amin Taha, the practical teachings focus on stone, teaching students its sustainable and structural qualities while providing them with a level of craftsmanship that is lost today.
The design itself reflects these values and lessons in its language and tectonics, encouraging the use of Stone which both conceptually and sustainably symbolises the traditional but forward-thinking nature of the project.
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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