Charrette 2015

Date: October 2015

Place: School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University

Title: Play! Summer is not over

Description: 4 day workshop with 50 students (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year)

We live in cities designed for adults and cars. We live in cities where urban management depends on economic growth. In cities, where people are often completely wrapped up in what they have to do, where they need to go next.

Play is a “state of being,” “purposeless, fun and pleasurable.” Play is exploring, discovering and learning. With the way cities are shaped and our busy lifestyles, finding room and time for play has become a mission that requires self-awareness.

Play is driven by creativity, curiosity, experimentation, negotiation, collaboration, problem solving and fantasy. This workshop aimed to stimulate students to look through those lenses as a strategy to deliver innovative architectural projects.

“It might be the first week of October but at Newcastle Architecture School, the end of the summer is not in sight. Some students have built a pool inside one of the classes, organised an event and invited citizens to stop by and enjoy! “

To turn the former headline into reality was the brief for the students undertaking this workshop. During the initial design session, the students decided to build a giant wave, referencing the beach landscape, that started weaving on the floor and got bigger when hitting the wall.

Waste was the main material for the installation. To re-use and to not create new waste were some of the constraints the group faced throughout the process of making.