World Architecture Festival 2014 Students fly to Singapore



Late September 2014, Architecture and IDEAs students, together with Layton Reid, Associate Dean, represented Ravensbourne at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore.

Supported by an international research-led practice, Desitecture, the students ran the press and event registration, and jury rooms. Layton was appointed as a judge for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) and World Festival of Interiors (INSIDE) and mentor for the International Student Charette.

The project Flux City by Desitecture was shortlisted in the category Future Projects Experimental in WAF. The project looks at creating a new parkland in the desert with a series of elevated skyscrapers, surrounded by an interactive sustainable skin which responds to the extremes of its location in Dubai on the edge of the city.

"Ravensbourne courses such as Architecture and IDEAs are very innovative and experimental when it comes to design."

Larisa Tsydenova and Sakib Hasan worked on this project lead by Layton. Larisa commented that ‘It is a very honourable opportunity to become a part of the Desitecture team, whose work is published in many respected architectural magazines and journals, including EVOLO skyscraper competition with project Vertical City. Their most recent published work is in AJ Architecture Tomorrow special edition with project Aero City towers ’. AJ Architecture Tomorrow was published at the time of MIPIM - one of the largest developers' conferences, which the practice had attended.


Larisa finds Ravensbourne a great place to study a creative subject. 'It is very different to other universities’, she said, ‘Courses such as Architecture and IDEAs are very innovative and experimental when it comes to design, but at the same time very practical, which provides students with opportunities of participation and being involved on a professional level in various live projects’.

Gallery images - Flux city, Desitecture 2014 and MIPIM conference