2008 - 2009
Architectural Association
Intermediate Unit 6


Jonathan Dawes
Marco Guarnieri


Mohd Hafiz Amirrol
Anna Andrich
Maria-Panagiota Brewster
JooHyun Cho
Artemis Doupa
Zachary Fluker
Yong Taek Kwon
Miscia Leibovich
Kwan Yee Carrie Lim
Aine O’Dwyer
Aras Burak Sen

Technical Consultant

Scobie Alvis


Dagobert Bergmans
Ben Lee
Ricky Rui Li
Marian Macken

Visiting Critics

Graham Bizley
Peter W Ferretto
Annabel Fraser
Edgar Gonzalez
Marian Macken
Stefano Rabolli-Pansera
Martin Self
Stephen Sinclair
Brett Steele
Teresa Stoppani
Simon Tucker
Jeff Turko
Silvia Ullmayer

Thanks to

Victoria Bahia
Javier Castanon
Marilyn Dyer
Belinda Flaherty
Philip Hartstein
Fumiko Kato
Michael Weinstock


Carrie Lim, Meandering passages Aras Burak Sen, Foam light studies Aras Burak Sen, Double pour plaster mould Artemis Doupa, Perforate solid studies Maria Panagiota Brewster, Folded solids- light studies Artemis Doupa, Collective ice model studies Zachary Fluker, Wrapped string cube Carrie Lim, Unravelled passages Aras Burak Sen, Unfolded cube Mohd Hafiz Amirrol, Measured surface sequence studies JooHyun Cho, Dissected solid studies Zachary Fluker, Unravelled String Study Miscia Leibovich, Accumulated stone study Artemis Doupa, Hotel interior JooHyun Cho, Axonometric Hotel Insertion Aras Burak Sen, Urban Room Hotel cutaway Carrie Lim, Hotel Sectional Array Zachary Fluker, Urban retreat section Aras Burak Sen, Urban Room section

Journey to the Floating World

Ukiyo-e, fictional representations made famous by Hokusai and Hiroshige each captured fleeting parameters from the real world, depicting extreme social and economic change through cultural happenings and changing habitats. This became our starting point, which followed a journey from material experimentation to critical invention. Propositions focussed upon London’s Kings Cross and considered the physical and social impact of its current transformation.

Scissors/ Paper/ Stone

The year began by exploring the latent potential of materials through folding, melting, casting, laminating and other techniques. Each artefact began to reveal a number of unexpected material effects: delamination, slippages, expansions and cavities. Emphasis was given to propagation of specific qualities through the iterative development of patterns or taxonomies. .

Ghost patterns

Sectional representations of each construct offered a topological unravelling, revealing pockets, interconnected cells or nested elements. Representational techniques were tailored towards the clarification of material outcomes and their inherent formations. Inhabitation studies and reconstructions were used to unearth the potential of each.

Tokyo: Floating world

A field trip to Tokyo, Japan gave the unit an opportunity to study the urban territory of Shibuya. Built situations interwoven with infrastructure and analogous to the earlier models were studied through their patterns of use, topology, or organisation. This fieldwork yielded an alternate scale and drew out specific narratives for consideration. It also provided a framing of programme, inhabitation and temporal criteria at the intersection of fleeting situations and a previously abstract material context.

Ghost writing

The unit operated both individually and as a collective to research and publish strategic propositions for a site in the shadow of Kings Cross station. Individual proposals formed into a range of different approaches: new layers of public realm or amenity in response to the current deficit or provided variegated constructions accommodating otherwise incompatible uses. Others have inhabited redundant rail lines with new linear accumulations of cultural programmes or nested formations responding to St Pancras, Eurostar and the new and varied influx of travellers.