Initially, studio teams will produce designs for the center of Brixton, an ethnically diverse, inner city, dense urban area. The challenge is to redefine the area, its buildings, and urban places without losing its rich historic and social integrity. This offers scope for a sensitive urban design approach, but also one where skills in interpreting and adapting historic structures, urban infill, urban housing, the need for design of a new rail station, the design of significant urban places, markets, and pedestrian-friendly streets each will be subjects developed individually by team members. The studio is a capstone urban design studio, an advanced architecture studio, a planning practicum, an advanced landscape architecture studio, and an interiors and historic preservation studio.
A financially supported and voluntary field visit takes place September 14 - 20, with on site work, visits to professional offices, and significant new projects in London. The studio works alongside a three-credit hour seminar “The Design of New Communities” which students can register for or attend. The seminar informs the studio with case studies taken from the London region, and which will be documented by those in the seminar.