The Quiet Revolution

Housing has become (once again) one of the most critical political issues of our time. The economic viability of an entire generation is at stake over the unaffordability of homes, the lack of reasonably priced rental homes and shortfall in overall housing construction. Much of the housing debate is around finance and policy with very little attention being given to the architectural effects of poorly designed and detailed homes. The contribution that architecture can make by providing denser, yet more spacious and sustainable homes is lacking.

Building on experiments and methodologies from last year Studio 12 will be exploring housing in peripheral, non-urban sites. The aim is to challenge the limited existing typologies for living amongst nature and to reinvent the suburban landscape. We will be working with a real client and live sites as part of an ongoing 3-4 year research project. The recently formed Brighton Community Land Trust was founded by two ex-Brighton architecture graduates and will be looking to develop land around the periphery of Brighton. The BCLT is interested in higher density, sustainable models of housing while holding on to the advantages of living outside the immediate city centre. This includes possible challenges to what constitutes a home (e.g. single family, co-housing, cooperative). Our studio will also look to engage the Brighton and Hove City Council, who are currently undertaking a consultation on new building sites for the city.

The studio will continue with its varied drawing and modelling methods (all techniques are welcome) with a focus on conceptualising through specific architectural proposals. Our studio favours designing from the specific to the general. We will be emphasising the rituals and routines that are rarely thought about as design problems but which form the basis of our being in the world, our identity in space, and which relate us to others.