Reflections on Semester Two.

Located more specifically within Stanmer Parks Home Farm Complex, in Part Two (maker-)space, the studio began by using their discoveries from Part one (dis-)place as a catalyst for the specific programmatic needs of their proposed maker-space. These catalysts ranged from; what had been observed, methods of making and/or the output of the device itself – each of which led to programmes that endeavour to support and enhance ‘making’ through the creation of spaces that support collaboration and ‘make’ links with and between communities.

Through a ‘forensic’ analysis of the site, in groups the studio created a series of models exploring the site at a range of scales; from the wider context of the Home Farm Complex, to alterations and materiality of the Long Barn and supported by detailed sectional models of the construction within three main sections of the barn.

With detailed programmatic briefs and an in depth understanding of the existing site the studio embarked upon an iterative design process, testing and defining conceptual strategies through a variety of media from; drawing, collage, relief, photography, model making and back again. Through this process, each studio member went on their own path in creating site simulations to communicate the spatial qualities of their interventions.

Generate Desire: Roseanaly Cuizon

Generate desire is a community workspace in Home Park Complex located in Stanmer Park. It’s a space for up-cycling of household domestic objects through re-purpose, repair, or reuse. These objects range from furniture, simple electrical appliances, bicycles, to toys. The workshop provides the space and tools required for these projects and will be accessible for students of all levels, professional makers and enthusiastic beginners. Offering other services from learning how to use specific tools, machinery, whilst sharing practical knowledge and learning traditional skills.

Stanmer Park, the 8th Society of Lewes Bonfire: Alfie Frost.

The mesmerizing attraction of fire and the togetherness in which the element evokes will always be a mystery. At a grand scale, Lewes bonfire seeps emotions of freedom, collaboration, support, memory and even controlled anarchy, shared by thousands each year. Stanmer Park becomes one of the many headquarters to the annual exponential build up to November 5th. A self-sufficient and supported community space, dedicated to the climax on the 5th. Fundraising which comes from the collaboration of communities, growing and selling plants and vegetables, gradually profiteering for the maker-space, the home of grand constructions of effigy’s and costumes.

The craft of DIY and Wood: Eniko Csanaki.

“Wood crafting, as a conventional technique that left behind by our modernised urban lifestyle, is in need to be rediscovered as a piece of treasure lost in time.”

The maker-space provides DIY woodworking courses from beginner level to make furniture for home refurbishment. It also has rentable studio units for students, designers or local craftsmen to build their own designs. The makerspace provides recycled material for the courses and individuals can buy materials from the wood store. After the making process, the facility provides the opportunity to sell your design in the shop or take it home.

Reversing the Cycle: Briony Manning.

The aim was to create a responsible and pragmatic buildings that is enhanced by the input of local communities. The sourcing of the buildings materials will incorporate local Plumpton college students whilst the activities within the long barn will support local apprenticeships. The programmes aim is to reconnect Stanmer Village with the nearby towns of Brighton and Lewes through the use of cycle powered vehicles, by delivering local produce from Stanmer allotments out to businesses in Brighton and a taxi service inviting tourists to experience the buzz of Brighton.  A simple palette of materials emphasises the buildings form and celebrates the existing site, reflecting qualities of the local surroundings.

Bee Expereinced: Abbie Downer.

During semester one I developed and made a research device to attract insects. I used the results as environmental indicators, to tell me how good or bad the environmental conditions are in Stanmer Park.  Results showed me how baron the landscape was. Naturally my program for semester two was one which had to rejuvenate the landscape using the power of insects. My solution- the healing benefits of bees. My idea- bee apiary alongside a bee hive making workshop, where hopefully more hives would spring up around Brighton, encouraging these important insects into our city.  My design heavily focused on two experiences; that of a beekeeper, and how I could introduce the public into the same space, making as little separation between the two as possible.