The Rural and the Urban: CUE 6 Symposium 2016

Away from the busy studio environment this week students and staff from BA Architecture, BA Interior Architecture, M’Arch and Town Planning courses took part in a thought provoking symposium as part of an annual series that runs for Masters students.

CUE Critical Urban Ecology events explore the city from an ecological perspective, as an environment that is socially constructed but at the same time arises from ecological and material processes that incorporate and exceed the social and the human.

The aim of these events is to connect theoretical and actual territories, ideas and matter, objects and subjects. Previously we have examined conceptual, interdisciplinary, territorial and spatial dimensions of urban ecologies. This years’ symposium considered new ways of understanding both rural and urban spaces and processes and then question their relationship with geographical and conceptual definitions.

The presentations led by Dr Karin Jaschke from Brighton University sparked lively debate and a rare opportunity to bring together theorists, practitioners and students from both architecture and other disciplines.

Speakers included

  • Sandra Jasper, University College London, Department of Geography- Laborinsel: West Berlin as an Experimental City
  • Nick Woodward, Final Year student BA Architecture, University of Brighton – Bucolic Delusions: Spatial Identity in a Conservation Village
  • Kate Cheyne & Graham Perring, Architecture, University of Brighton – From Village Workshop to Village Factory: The Need to Develop Progressive Rural Manufacture, Materials, Crafts and Construction
  • Nick Gant, Designer, researcher and lecturer at University of Brighton, with particular interests across sustainability and community development. Community21: Envisioning the Future Village
  • David Knight, Master Builder – Building Rights: Possibilities and Precedents for Re balancing the Politics of Development