MArch 4 Studio 2

Space and Narrative: an exploration of city narratives and spatial immersion through literature & film

The brief that we tackled this year required ‘tactical interventions,’ which ‘may vary significantly in scope, size budget, and support. However, they all shared the common goal of rethinking the public space with an innovative approach.’ Our site for this was Budapest, a ‘dreamed-up city’ as some have argued, caught between the East and the West on the edge of the European Union. It is a city that creates affordances that require us to look with a sense of imagination – articulated by a narrative approach to architectural and urban design as well as appreciation for spaces and places that have shaped our sense of immersion by creative acts such as storytelling, scenography and imagination.

The studio aimed to combine a methodology by which literary and cinematic narratives can provoke a rudimentary framework for the design of architecture within the urban environment. In utilising specific literary texts and films the studio called students to think and apply narrative in a ‘literary not literal’ manner etc., via appropriate text and film references.

This studio sought to be experimental; required from students to pick up unusual tools and techniques; self-taught or through peer-to-peer learning under the guidance of the instructors. It prompted students to think cross-disciplinary and place themselves at the intersection of architectural design, digital moving images and creative arts/communication. The aim was to play, experiment and innovate, but with rigour, method and intellectual depth.

The starting point was a number of contextual texts and films situating the city in different times and place, all of which however are set in the city or relate to a specific area of Budapest.

Studio Lead

Ronny Ford
Richard Koeck