MAAUD Second Semester Project : Brighton Station

MAAUD First term design project: Brighton Station

There are many spaces of different scales in the city that could be called ‘nondescript’. It is easy to pass by these spaces, to ignore their potential. However, these are the places where, if we are attentive, we find intrigue and mystery. These are the places where previous occupations may be detected and new ones imagined.

The Site

Students have been studying the area of and around Brighton Station, including the routes linking their Design 1 sites to the station. The larger site has seen significant changes over many decades.

The rail and road infrastructures contribute to this location having historic and strategic importance including national transportation links. There have been recent changes to improve the station and the south entrance. The mixed use development of the New England Quarter, largely completed in 2008, now occupies the steeply sloping site to the east. Much of the remaining surrounding site is smaller scale housing from 18th and 19th centuries with some larger scale commercial buildings along Queens Road. The topography is dramatic but underexploited.

The Brief

Students are invited to question the potential experience of the connections between the railway journey, the station and the city; how they may be understood and developed through interventions at a human scale. Their brief is to identify and link a series of previously ‘ordinary’ spaces and transform these to provide a potential experience that is distinctive and extra-ordinary. Ideas about arrival and departure, memory and anticipation are the focus of investigations.

Radical proposals may be formulated to set up parallel/alternative networks, both virtual and real that link previously unnoticed/unfrequented/unplanned spaces. New spatial networks may intersect, engage with or disrupt established routes and systems. Students are asked to develop tactical/spatial designs in response to the strategies imposed by conventional organisations such as master planners, developers, planning authorities, and so on.