Brief 2018-2019

This year’s brief sees a focus on wood and it’s potential for sustainable design. The students are to explore the extremes of its potential through undertaking and documenting material research through both physical and digital explorations. Brief one will produce a large scale wooden structure for an exhibition held at the university. The research should lead to an architectural system based on a specific species of wood, a specific manufacturing and assembly technique, and is to be part of a full cradle to cradle life cycle.

Wood is one of architecture’s more magnanimous materials, and is celebrated for it’s sustainability, quality and speed of construction. Brief 02 will see our students present a credible scenario for a sustainable community, of which the project’s architectural language should form a continuity with their brief 01 system. What starts a community could be a product or a service and we want our students to understand how as an architect you can intervene to materialise the network that binds these people together around this life cycle.

Below are the briefing documents issued to DS10 students:

Matt Chamberlain: Street Pods, London, occupying parking spaces with tiny homes

Transcendental Staircase

Brief 2017-2018

Woodchip Barn, Hooke Park. and Wooden Waves, BuroHappold.

We are back after a year exploring Symbols & Systems, and an inspiring unit trip to South India, visiting the Hempi Valley and Auroville. This year our focus is on Fractals, not just as forms but as tools to understand how geometry can become infinite and how it can be built within the constraints of the physical reality. Fractals gives the opportunity to expand confined spaces, to let the mind fill the gap that reality had to stop. Therefore it also provides a great tool for the second brief, which is the Tiny Home movement, society’s need to create more compact, efficient homes to face the environmental and economical crisis. As per our previous briefs, we would like our students to build their projects, whether it is a giant fractal at a festival or an actual home within a space that would otherwise be left empty, we want students to raise funds and make, using digital fabrication tools combined with off-the-shelf material. Our goal is to continue training the entrepreneur-makers of tomorrow. Below is a breakdown of our briefs as they are being drafted:

Fractals in nature & structures

Unit trip to India studying the links between recursive structures, spirituality and aggregation

The Tiny Home Movement

 

Brief 2015 – 2016

We are back after building three projects in the desert!

This year we would like our students to become Entrepreneur Makers, looking for funding opportunities to build projects in the real world.

Have a look at our 2015-2016 briefs and presentations below:

Entrepreneur Makers Article in the last AD with Joe Leach's temple for Burning Man
Entrepreneur Makers Article in the last AD with Joe Leach’s temple for Burning Man

Reflection by Lorna Jackson - Picture by Andrew K. Green
Reflection by Lorna Jackson – Picture by Andrew K. Green

Bismuth Bivouac by Jon Leung - Picture by Toby Burgess
Bismuth Bivouac by Jon Leung – Picture by Toby Burgess

The Infinity Tree by Tobias Power - Picture by Arthur Mamou-Mani
The Infinity Tree by Tobias Power – Picture by Arthur Mamou-Mani

BRIEF 2014-2015

Hello Everyone, we are back for the academic year 2014-2015! This year we added a bit more depth to the brief by introducing a group study of Science-Fiction and visions of the future throughout history. We are also happy to announce a partnership with Buro Happold to build a live project at their headquarters on Newman Street. We will continue our collaboration with the Burning Man Festival and finally we will look at the future of cities. Here are below the documents that we have issues to DS10 students.

Space Elevator
Space Elevators

Total Recall, Philip K.Dick
Total Recall, Philip K.Dick

Toby and Arthur standing on Fractal Cult at the Burning Man Festival
Toby and Arthur standing on Fractal Cult at the Burning Man Festival

BRIEF 2013 – 2014

Hello everyone, we are happy to be back for the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Westminster after couple weeks in the desert at the Burning Man festival! Similarly to previous years, we will place our studio briefs in the list below as we develop them throughout the year. We hope it will inspire you!

-04/12/13 BRIEF2B: REALISE

04/11/13 BRIEF2A: FESTIVAL

-24/09/13 BRIEF01 : SYSTEM

-24/09/13 Unit Presentation

-20/09/13 – A4 – Introduction to briefs

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Near Unison – Dan Dodds (DS10 11-13) physical and digital experiments of harmonic oscillation.

Near Unison 09
Near Unison – Dan Dodds (DS10 11-13) physical and digital experiments of harmonic oscillation.

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Near Unison – Dan Dodds (DS10 11-13) physical and digital experiments of harmonic oscillation.

We're back!
We’re back!

Brief 2012-2013

DS10 is happy to back for the 2012-2013 academic year!

Toby and I are very excited about the new brief. Below is a link to the A4 presentation that students receive before the presentation on Monday 24th September. If you have any feedback or questions on the brief please do not hesitate to comment below and we will answer asap.

Above: Queue in front of the Tokyo Apple store for the release of Iphone 5

Above: The WikiHouse by 00:/ Architect

Above: Anam Hasan, a ladder to the burning cloud (for Burning Man)

Michael Hansmeyer (CAAD ETH) – Platonic Solid Subdivision