Collaborative Production


Studio tutor: Dan Jary

The prevailing economic model of speculation and market-driven growth is unable to address the urgent global challenges of climate change and social inequality.  How might we do things differently, and what kind of built environment might this generate?

Informed by post-capitalist theory, the studio will explore an alternative model based on interdependency, social capital and local value, transforming the way people engage with local governance, education, recreation and cultural exchange. 

The area under investigation sits on the margins of Sheffield city centre; a place with no name – difficult to find and difficult to define.  Already home to a displaced and marginalised community, we will reimagine the area as a place of refuge and sanctuary for individuals and communities excluded from modern society.  In doing so we will explore economic and land ownership models more able to address current challenges, welcoming all who seek a more progressive and sustainable lifestyle.    

The project will begin with a detailed investigation of the area to understand its history, its present, and its possible future.  Using projection mapping and assemblage techniques the studio will construct visual narratives as a way of recording, analysing and representing multiple layers of interest and meaning.  

The notion of collaborative production will extend to the working methodology of the studio, with students working collectively, sharing resources, ideas and approaches. 

Based on the initial findings, we will develop a collective strategy, reimagining the area as an environmentally sustainable and socially dynamic urban neighbourhood.  The new neighbourhood will become a testbed for new ideas, and the prototyping of innovations in community ownership, building construction, and food and energy production. 

Individual projects will develop a detailed programmatic response to the opportunities and needs identified, creating high quality environments for living and working alongside places for social interaction and cultural exchange.  Proposals will maximise the re-use of existing buildings and industrial infrastructure, drawing on the area’s historic character, and making space for increased biodiversity. 

The collective strategy will enable projects to interface spatially, functionally and economically, creating an architecture which enriches people’s lives, is socially inclusive and is protective of the environment. 

Four students laughing while sat at a bench, outside the Students' Union

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