Charrette 2016

Date: October 2016

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

Title: Touch me! Let’s change the school.

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

The patch of grass in front of the Architecture School at Newcastle University is isolated. People are not allowed to use it, none can lay on it or walk through. Students and tutors see this spot everyday on their way to the school. It could be a great place to read, have lunch, take a little nap or enjoy an outdoor gig. If only one could touch the grass...

The task for the students was to turn this plot into an animated public space, to create a landscape of pleasure and utility versus the existing ornamental scenario, to make it accessible, civic. But of course none could touch the grass...

Students recreated a fragment of the space inside one of the classrooms of the school, and imagined how they would like to inhabit it. Using only recycled materials, they built places for sitting within the grassy areas and a stage for a band to perform. On the last day they organised an event and invited a couple of musicians to play on the stage.