Summary of the London master:CLASS event

The London master:CLASS event was facilitated by students from the Civic University Live Project team, Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, as part of their Live Projects module. The Live Projects module sees students work with ‘live’ projects and clients.

‘Live Projects establish an awareness of the social responsibility of the architect and can empower students to produce work of exceptional quality that makes a difference to the communities they work with. Beyond the direct impact of the project on the communities involved, Live Projects also make a wider impact by enriching the student learning experience, developing design, management and enterprise skills and significantly increasing employability’

The event was made up of a series of master:CLASSES exploring eco-civic themes and knowledge exchange. The event kicked off at R-Urban Wick on Monday, where we met French visitors from AAA (Atelier d’Architecture Autogerée). Along with Public Works, researchers, and volunteers from the London sites, who participated in our workshops throughout the course of the three day event.

The Civic University Live Project brief is to develop a prototype participatory eco-civic curriculum based on direct site engagement with four sites across London (Loughborough Farm, the Old Tidemill Wildlife Gardens, Roman Road Market and R-Urban Wick) and their specific civic practices. The curriculum prototype is being developed in an open-source spirit with the intention of the master:CLASSES being able to be replicated internationally. The students are currently developing the curriculum with this event acting as a test-bed for different master:CLASSES.

The three day event saw master:CLASSES take place in R-Urban Wick, Loughborough Farm and Pop Brixton with a reflective session at EdSpace on day three.

EdSpace kindly provided us with their auditorium space to reflect on the three day event. This was a great space and allowed us to have an informal discussion with our client and mentor. The space offered a platform for us to consider ways forward and for us to propose ideas for the development of the curriculum.

Thanks to EdSpace, Loughborough Farm, R-Urban Wick, Pop Brixton, Urban Growth London and Public Works for supporting the development of our curriculum.

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