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Some images of our final cross-crit of the year! Our students presented their Brief03:FutureCities. Have a look at how the next generation of architects envision the future of our cities.

Thank you to Andrei Jipa, Kester Rattenbury and Lindsay Bremner. Final sprint to the portfolio submission and end of year!

Eva Ciocyte - Aral City - As the earth gets too polluted to allow the growth of any edible crop, Aral City attempts to purify the soil progressively by building giant evaporative and inhabitable greenhouses.

Eva Ciocyte – Aral City – As the earth gets too polluted to allow the growth of any edible crop, Aral City attempts to purify the soil progressively by building giant evaporative and inhabitable greenhouses.

Alex Berciu, The Algorithmic City, In the presented scenario, the natural environment in which human beings live today will no longer exist, having been replaced by fully computer generated habitation. As the Earth’s surface will have been largely damaged by pollution and natural disasters, the only  solution for living pushed human society upwards in suspended structures developed through the  technique of extruding concrete and drone assembly. Based on a growth algorithm that evolves with  relation to continuous feedback gathered from climate data, structural qualities and population needs,  the system can perform in any given location. in the generated structure, the algorithm places accordingly a selection of 8 typologies considered  suitable for the needs of the future human society. These are: aliment production/farming, aliment  storage, housing, education hubs, culture hubs, spiritual hubs, places of sin and production  laboratories. Each typology is designed to fit within the modular grid and is placed according to  density and distance rules. The ratio between the 8 typologies is also adaptable, responding to  possible changes in societal needs.

Alex Berciu, The Algorithmic City, In the presented scenario, the natural environment in which human beings live today will no longer exist, having been replaced by fully computer generated habitation. As the Earth’s surface will have been largely damaged by pollution and natural disasters, the only solution for living pushed human society upwards in suspended structures developed through the technique of extruding concrete and drone assembly. Based on a growth algorithm that evolves with relation to continuous feedback gathered from climate data, structural qualities and population needs, the system can perform in any given location. in the generated structure, the algorithm places accordingly a selection of 8 typologies considered suitable for the needs of the future human society. These are: aliment production/farming, aliment storage, housing, education hubs, culture hubs, spiritual hubs, places of sin and production laboratories. Each typology is designed to fit within the modular grid and is placed according to density and distance rules. The ratio between the 8 typologies is also adaptable, responding to possible changes in societal needs.

Marine Pollution has become a growing plaque as plastics are accumulated into patches within the gyres around the world, damaging the marine ecosystem and entering the marine food web. As these plastics are not biodegradable, they continue to pose a threat to the marine wildlife as well as humanity. Centuries into the future, people have begun to seek for ocean colonization in an attempt to tackle marine pollution and the rising sea level. The Fluas is a self-sufficient city that realises the potential of ocean plastics as a source of reusable material. Situated within the North Pacific Gyre and consisting of clusters of floating platforms, the city is centred on the collection and recycling of these materials into elements of the city - in the form of pneumatic structures. As plastics are salvaged from the gyre, the inflated city continues to grow while its inhabitants live a seaborne lifestyle.

Garis Iu – The Inflated City – Marine Pollution has become a growing plaque as plastics are accumulated into patches within the gyres around the world, damaging the marine ecosystem and entering the marine food web. As these plastics are not biodegradable, they continue to pose a threat to the marine wildlife as well as humanity. Centuries into the future, people have begun to seek for ocean colonization in an attempt to tackle marine pollution and the rising sea level. The Fluas is a self-sufficient city that realises the potential of ocean plastics as a source of reusable material. Situated within the North Pacific Gyre and consisting of clusters of floating platforms, the city is centred on the collection and recycling of these materials into elements of the city – in the form of pneumatic structures. As plastics are salvaged from the gyre, the inflated city continues to grow while its inhabitants live a seaborne lifestyle.

Garis Iu The Inflated City

Cidade de Árvores The Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil has long been viewed as a vast quilt of rain forest interspersed by small river outposts. The surging population growth has seen these remote settlements transform this ancient rural vision to an expansive city scale. Cidade de Árvores (City of Trees) envisions an environment where both the city’s infrastructure and its inhabitants maintain a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding natural environment.  Built entirely from locally grown timber, the Cidade de Árvores exists as a network of steam bent beams, joined to form a structural space frame.  Like the forest, the frame is allowed to grow and develop organically over time with inhabitants adding to structure to meet their requirements. The city is powered through the use of micro wind turbine electricity generation which manifests as a series of towers scattered throughout the forest. For the city and the environment to function in harmony, the city access routes manifest as elevated walkways around large courtyards, allowing light to penetrate to the forest floor.

Joe Leach – Cidade de Árvores
The Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil has long been viewed as a vast quilt of rain forest interspersed by small river outposts. The surging population growth has seen these remote settlements transform this ancient rural vision to an expansive city scale. Cidade de Árvores (City of Trees) envisions an environment where both the city’s infrastructure and its inhabitants maintain a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding natural environment. Built entirely from locally grown timber, the Cidade de Árvores exists as a network of steam bent beams, joined to form a structural space frame. Like the forest, the frame is allowed to grow and develop organically over time with inhabitants adding to structure to meet their requirements. The city is powered through the use of micro wind turbine electricity generation which manifests as a series of towers scattered throughout the forest. For the city and the environment to function in harmony, the city access routes manifest as elevated walkways around large courtyards, allowing light to penetrate to the forest floor.

Tobias Power's Infinity Tree for Burning Man development

Tobias Power’s Infinity Tree for Burning Man development

The Infinity Tree - Updated structure with the help of Format Engineers and Ramboll

The Infinity Tree – Updated structure with the help of Format Engineers and Ramboll

This project seeks to develop a response to the combined challenges of natural disasters, the aging population and  over-fishing. All three are closely connected in Japan. In Japan, where life expectancy is one of the highest in the  world, 1 in 3 people will be over 60 by 2050. Unfortunately, Japan is also a country that has been hit by major natural  disasters such as tsunamis, during which the vulnerable elderly suffered the most. Finally, in Japan fish is the main  food source and over fishing may become a major issue in the future. Moreover, Japan has one of the highest  percentages of labour force of people aged 60 and over within the fishing industry. I am proposing a self-sufficient,  resilient city for the super-aging Japanese fishing community along the coast, as a response to these future scenarios.  The structure of the proposal would not only act as a vertical evacuation point, and accommodation for the elderly and  their families, but would also be used as sustainable fish-farming.

The Origami City – Naomi Danos – This project seeks to develop a response to the combined challenges of natural disasters, the aging population and over-fishing. All three are closely connected in Japan. In Japan, where life expectancy is one of the highest in the world, 1 in 3 people will be over 60 by 2050. Unfortunately, Japan is also a country that has been hit by major natural disasters such as tsunamis, during which the vulnerable elderly suffered the most. Finally, in Japan fish is the main food source and over fishing may become a major issue in the future. Moreover, Japan has one of the highest percentages of labour force of people aged 60 and over within the fishing industry. I am proposing a self-sufficient, resilient city for the super-aging Japanese fishing community along the coast, as a response to these future scenarios. The structure of the proposal would not only act as a vertical evacuation point, and accommodation for the elderly and their families, but would also be used as sustainable fish-farming.

Naomi Danos, The Origami City

Naomi Danos, The Origami City

Lorna Jackson presenting her Burning Man proposal and future city for women only.

Lorna Jackson presenting her Burning Man proposal and future city for women only.

Fractal BreakCity will act as defence and breakwater structures against tsunamis and floods.  Benefiting of internalised creation of food, resources and objects, a trade based economy will  emerge, while the cult of product marketing will shrink to its essential.  The city is based on recursive aggregation: one geometry is repeated in a self-similar way to create a  complex looking aggregation, following a fractal pattern. The system consists of one module, with structures of different scales according to their function, so that the bathroom will be the smallest box unit, the bedroom slightly larger and so on. The largest box unit at the center of an aggregated module, will consist of the communal and production based spaces. Cellulose mixed with water, can be 3D printed to create structures stronger than steel and will become structural elements for the city, while aerogel wall components (made of silica, which is found in sand, across the world) will clad each unit’s sides.

Diana Raican – Fractal BreakCity will act as defence and breakwater structures against tsunamis and floods. Benefiting of internalised creation of food, resources and objects, a trade based economy will emerge, while the cult of product marketing will shrink to its essential. The city is based on recursive aggregation: one geometry is repeated in a self-similar way to create a complex looking aggregation, following a fractal pattern. The system consists of one module, with structures of different scales according to their function, so that the bathroom will be the smallest box unit, the bedroom slightly larger and so on. The largest box unit at the center of an aggregated module, will consist of the communal and production based spaces. Cellulose mixed with water, can be 3D printed to create structures stronger than steel and will become structural elements for the city, while aerogel wall components (made of silica, which is found in sand, across the world) will clad each unit’s sides.

Jon Leung's developments on the Bismuth Bivouac for Burning Man

Jon Leung’s developments on the Bismuth Bivouac for Burning Man

Jon Leung's Bismuth Bivouac updated render with latest development with the help of format engineers.

Jon Leung’s Bismuth Bivouac updated render with latest development with the help of format engineers.

John Koning's power generating Ron Resch origami city

John Koning’s power generating Ron Resch origami city

Irina Ghuizan's flying city

Irina Ghuizan’s flying city

Toby Plunket's Silent City in China

Toby Plunket’s Silent City in China

It is the end of the second term for the University of Westminster and what a term for DS10! Four projects almost completed at BuroHappold’s engineering headquarters, Three projects to build at the Burning Man festival this summer. We could not be more happy and proud of our students… And it is not finished: after having produced a timeline of the scientific discovery and science-fictional predictions, they have started designing a future city (Brief03) based on their Brief01 and Brief02 work. Here are some pictures showing the students and their current research. Happy Easter everyone!

DS10 in our studio space at the University of Westminster

DS10 in our studio space at the University of Westminster

Joe Leach working on the Falling Leaves, his installation for Buro Happold engineering

Joe Leach working on the Falling Leaves, his installation for Buro Happold engineering

Diana Raican finishing the Dissolving Cubes installation at the Nervi Room, BuroHappold

Diana Raican finishing the Dissolving Cubes installation at the Nervi Room, BuroHappold

Garis Iu completing the Meander, his curved Origami installation for BuroHappold

Garis Iu completing the Meander, his curved Origami installation for BuroHappold

Charlotte Yates' Jitterbug Prototype for Buro Happold Engineering. Client Meeting with Neil Billet, Andrew Best and  James Solly

Charlotte Yates’ Jitterbug Prototype for Buro Happold Engineering. Client Meeting with Neil Billet, Andrew Best and James Solly

Lorna Jackson showing one of the gifts for our Kickstarter Campaign

Lorna Jackson showing one of the gifts for our Kickstarter Campaign

John Konings showing his prototype for an Origami City on Water generating electricity from the waves in Holland.

John Konings showing his prototype for an Origami City on Water generating electricity from the waves in Holland.

Joe Leach showing his Burning Man proposal model  to  Mike Tonkin

Joe Leach showing his Burning Man proposal model to Mike Tonkin

Alex Berciu showing the environemental, structural and programatic rules for the growth of his vertical city

Alex Berciu showing the environemental, structural and programatic rules for the growth of his vertical city

Alex Berciu showing the environemental, structural and programatic rules for the growth of his vertical city

Alex Berciu showing the environemental, structural and programatic rules for the growth of his vertical city

Alex Berciu showing the environemental, structural and programatic rules for the growth of his vertical city

Alex Berciu showing the environemental, structural and programatic rules for the growth of his vertical city

Sarah Stell's African Rural and tribal mega-city

Sarah Stell’s African Rural and tribal mega-city

Ieva Ciocyte's Solar chimneys City made from a network of water purifying farms in a polluted land.

Ieva Ciocyte’s Solar chimneys City made from a network of water purifying farms in a polluted land.

Tom Jelley showing his Floating Solar Mirrors City.

Tom Jelley showing his Floating Solar Mirrors City.

Garis Iu's extruded plastic floating city based on curved origami.

Garis Iu’s extruded plastic floating city based on curved origami.

Joe Leach's Green Corridor City in the Amazonian Forest

Joe Leach’s Green Corridor City in the Amazonian Forest

Irina Ghuizan showing her City in the Sky

Irina Ghuizan showing her City in the Sky

Lorna Jackson showing her feminist city and her winning burning man project made from Spirohedron

Lorna Jackson showing her feminist city and her winning burning man project made from Spirohedron

Toby Plunkett showing his cymatic city generated from sound patterns

Toby Plunkett showing his cymatic city generated from sound patterns

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Here we are – we have reached the middle of the academic year at the University of Westminster. Time to assess and appreciate our students portfolios and hard work during a lively “interim cross-marking” with our colleagues. Here are couple examples of the most remarkable portfolios in our Diploma Studio 10. Very excited to start our new brief03 on future …

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We had our final crit today! Great projects concluding our brief2B:Realize. Here are couple pictures. Thank you very much to our external critiques Daewha Kang (Associate Zaha Hadid Architects), Lawrence Friesen (GenGeo), Stephen Melville (Director Ramboll UK), James Solly (Buro Happold), Michael Clarke and to our colleagues Anna Liu and Roberto Botazzi.

Joe Leach's Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach’s Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach's Burning Man Temple

Joe Leach’s Burning Man Temple

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed fractal city

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed fractal city

Josh Haywood's Pop-Up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Pop-Up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Garis Lu's Mont St-Michel's Chanting Bridge

Garis Lu’s Mont St-Michel’s Chanting Bridge

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson's Surreal Dali Museum

Lorna Jackson’s Surreal Dali Museum

William Garforth-Bless'Bamboo Tower for the Damyang festival

William Garforth-Bless’Bamboo Tower for the Damyang festival

Charlotte Yates' London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates’ London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates' London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Charlotte Yates’ London Fasion Festival Origami Catwalk

Sarah Stell's Zipped Building

Sarah Stell’s Zipped Building

Sarah Stell's Zipped Building

Sarah Stell’s Zipped Building

Georgia Collard-Watson's Burlesque Festival Pop-Up structure

Georgia Collard-Watson’s Burlesque Festival Pop-Up structure

Naomi Danos' joyful wall breaking media centre in Israel/Palestine

Naomi Danos’ joyful wall breaking media centre in Israel/Palestine

Jessica Beagleman's Kabbalah Centre

Jessica Beagleman’s Kabbalah Centre

George Guest's Fringe Festival Bridge

George Guest’s Fringe Festival Bridge

Sarah Shuttleworth's Promenade Concerts in Hyde Park

Sarah Shuttleworth’s Promenade Concerts in Hyde Park

Dhiren Patel's twisting hexagons bamboo structure for Durja Purja

Dhiren Patel’s twisting hexagons bamboo structure for Durja Purja

Mark Simpson's Artificial Diamond Funerarium

Mark Simpson’s Artificial Diamond Funerarium

Here are couple pictures from our cross-crit today. Students are in the middle of BRIEF2B:REALISE. Big Thank You to our external crits Daehwa Kang, Associates at Zaha Hadid Architects,  Stephen Melville, Director at Ramboll Computational Design, Harry Charrington, Course Leader of the University of Westminster, Gordon Shrigley, Unit Master of Diploma Studio 14.

Josh Haywood's Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood's Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood's Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Josh Haywood’s Pop-up Mosque in Trafalgar Square

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jippa's 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Andrei Jipa’s 3D printed Urban Utopia model

Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower

Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower

Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower

Will Garforth Bless Bamboo Tower

Jessica Beagleman's Kabala Synagogue

Jessica Beagleman’s Kabala Synagogue

Mark Simpson's Synthetic Diamond Company

Mark Simpson’s Synthetic Diamond Company

Mark Simpson DeBeers' diamond control map

Mark Simpson DeBeers’ diamond control map

Paul Thorpe's laser-cut Petal Modules for Burning Man

Paul Thorpe’s laser-cut Petal Modules for Burning Man

Paul Thorpe's Tennis Stadium Module

Paul Thorpe’s Tennis Stadium Module

Natasha Coutts' Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts’ Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts' Sami Eco-Retreat

Natasha Coutts’ Sami Eco-Retreat

Henry Turner's Wavy Boardwalk in Falmouth

Henry Turner’s Wavy Boardwalk in Falmouth

Charlotte Yates' London Fashion Week Origami Catwalk in Sommerset House

Charlotte Yates’ London Fashion Week Origami Catwalk in Sommerset House

Very enjoyable crit day for DS10 at Westminster University. It was our second cross-crit of the year and students showed their proposal for Brief2A, building an interactive structure for Burning Man or the festival of their choice.

Thank you very much to our helpful crits Harri Lewis (Ramboll RCD our engineers for last year’s Shipwreck and Fractal Cult), Marie-Isabel de Monseignat (Tutor at DRS1 Chelsea College of Art), Dusan Decermic, Anthony Boulanger and Katherine Herron. Here are couple pictures:

Marie de Monseignat is holding the Plywood Spiralohedrons

Marie de Monseignat is holding the Plywood Spiralohedrons

Jessica Beagleman's Plywood Spiralohedrons

Jessica Beagleman’s Plywood Spiralohedrons

Sarah Shuttleworth's large metal origami model.

Sarah Shuttleworth’s large metal origami model.

Paul Thorpe's Twisting Plywood pods 1:1 Model

Paul Thorpe’s Twisting Plywood pods 1:1 Model

Ieva Ciocyte's Burning Euclid Wall

Ieva Ciocyte’s Burning Euclid Wall

Joe Leach's Burning Seed Reciprocal Structure

Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Reciprocal Structure

Sarah Stell's wind powered animals

Sarah Stell’s wind powered animals

Josh Haywood's beautiful Digital Muqarnas

Josh Haywood’s beautiful Digital Muqarnas

Henry Turner's intersecting plywood wave structure.

Henry Turner’s intersecting plywood wave structure.

Will Garforth-Bless' bamboo and fabric hypars

Will Garforth-Bless’ bamboo and fabric hypars

Lorna Jackson's Spacer Fabric Cloud

Lorna Jackson’s Spacer Fabric Cloud

Charlotte Yates' Origami Roofs

Charlotte Yates’ Origami Roofs

Naomi Danos' Folding roofs.

Naomi Danos’ Folding roofs.

Mark Simpson's mirror diamonds in the desert.

Mark Simpson’s mirror diamonds in the desert.

Here are couple images of our first Cross-Crit which concludes Brief01:Systems and marks the beginning of our brief2A:Festival. Students will now chose a festival of their choice and use their design systems to submit a proposal for it. Thank you Michael Clarke, Kester Rattenbury and Andrew Yau for the great crit today!

Natasha Coutts' stacking spiky shingles system

Natasha Coutts’ stacking spiky shingles system

Joe Leach's soft reciprocal system

Joe Leach’s soft reciprocal system

Andrei Jippa's RepRap 3D prints.

Andrei Jippa’s RepRap 3D prints.

John Harding's woven lattice

John Koning’s woven lattice