WAF London Student Charrette
The future of London’s squares
Six IDEAs and Architecture students represented Ravensbourne at the World Architecture Festival London: Student Charrette 2015, held at the University of Westminster in late June.
Working alongside South Bank and Westminster University students, entrants tackled the event’s theme, ‘re-designing and re-thinking the London square’. Teams were given 24 hours to reinvent this important part of the capital’s private and public realm, followed by presentations to jury members. The jury panel included:
• John Drew of Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will
• Director of Ubrik Lee Mallett
• WAF’s Paul Finch and Jeremy Melvin
The following students represented Ravensbourne: Larisa Tsydenova, Yang Chen, Ahmen Mohammed, Tom Drew, Sakib Hasan and Christianne Saitine.
The team’s proposal looked at inverting the square, bringing the green space to the street. This shift would allow it to be used as a social and commercial interaction space, with an extension to the Wallace Collection gallery underground. In addition to this, elevated accommodation would sit among the trees that surround the square.
Level 3 Architecture student, Larisa Tsydenova said; “It was more of a concept rather than a final piece. However, it had to be very functional, including residential areas as part of the brief, also open to public and secure, with a sensible consideration of both historic and environmental contexts.”
“The main idea of our project was giving the garden back to the public,” added Tom Drew, a Level 3 IDEAs student.” Another important factor in our design was the historic value of our site, which is home to the Wallace Collection. We considered how these two ideas could link within the design, with a simple extension of the Wallace Gallery into the new public space we were creating.”
The event proved challenging as the project had to be pulled together within a limited time-frame, necessitating well executed team work. As a result all involved improved upon their time management and team skills, as well as work efficiency, all of which they believe are important skills within a future work place.
We were amazed to see how much work we were able to produce in the given time; working as a team was key to achieving this.
Sakib Hasan, BA (Hons) Architecture, Level 3