Thursday, 8 September 2016


WELCOME......

to those of you joining the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture in September! For those of you seeking out Oxford cultural hotspots, above is an image of Richard Long's Walking a Labyrinth which you can experience for yourself at Modern Art Oxford (MAO)'s 50th anniversary celebratory exhibition, Kaleidoscope. Looking forward to meeting you at the start of the semester. The tutors.

Monday, 3 November 2014


Continuing our collaboration with the National Trust we considered the entrance to the historic property set within its landscape. Proposed entrance strategies were expressed through site modelling, storyboard of moments along the journey and films of the story of the proposed journey.


This semester we are collaborating on a series of projects with the National Trust. In October we made Creature Houses for local wildlife and transported them to the National Trust property where our project is based. The Creature Houses were installed the courtyard to provoke thoughts about about how we understand and communicate the idea of "dwelling" and "protection". These conversations formed the basis of discussion with visitors and staff at the property about their experience of the place.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Cowley model and public consultation


7 February 2014. Having made a beautiful model of the Cowley area, we took it to the Templars Square Shopping Centre for a public consultation event. Using the model, we asked shoppers to tell us how they spent their free time and what facilities they used in the area. This information was really useful to us in our current project to design recreation spaces for the area. Many thanks to staff and shoppers at Templars Square Shopping Centre.

Rebound urban sports day


31 January 2014. Using the hidden spaces in Cowley we invented urban sports, creating new edges, lines, walls and boundaries for play. This ranged from sports to play while waiting at a bus stop to guerrilla street games designed to bring a sudden splash of colour to monochrome places.

Found! Pitt Rivers Museum exhibition


19 October 2013. Prototypical displays designed by year 1 students of architecture and interior architecture for 24 archaeological artefacts formed an exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. Displays ranged from an interactive fishing net using a medieval bone toggle to a display of a coin fragment reflecting on the value of money now and in the past. Many thanks to Archeox community archaeology project and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Getting to know our artefacts


On 24 September 2013 we visited our client, Archeox to view, handle and record the finds from their Bartlemas Chapel and Minchery Priory digs. On 19 October the artefacts will be exhibited at the Pitt Rivers Museum on display devices designed by year 1 students from the School of Architecture (OB1 LIVE). Many thanks to Jane Harrison, Olaf Bayer and the volunteers at Archeox for hosting us and for allowing us access to the artefacts for the day.

Friday, 13 September 2013

W E L C O M E


 
Image: David Shrigley , from 'Errr', published 1996
 

A very warm welcome to new Architecture and Interior Architecture students starting at Brookes this September. We are looking forward to meeting you all.

It will be a demanding yet rewarding three years. It should be fun. We hope you enjoy it.

If you want to read about some advice, then have a look at this article in the AR.

The Year 1 Tutors

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Berlin 2013




An Art bunker, Peter and the Wolf in the Philharmonie, thresholds, sketching everywhere and train station galleries. Snowy Berlin at its best!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lantern Festival - The Film



Film by Oxford Brookes Year 1 Students
Edited by Ubada Muti

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Lantern Festival


Friday 1 February saw the inaugural Year One School of Architecture Lantern Festival on Warneford Meadow. Playing a huge game of "snake" and "infection," we brightened up a winter's evening with illuminated moths, light storms, leaf lights and kinetic lanterns.

Gang of Six lecture



Joe Penn and Joe Giddings of Gang of Six visited the Year One studio and gave an insightful lecture on event choreography and the performative aspects of architecture. Image: Un Nuit Sans Opera, 2011 by Gang of Six.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Model making workshop


Many thanks to Angela Ford for her great model making workshop. We now know our UHU from our Plastiweld. More importantly, we know one end of a scalpel from the other!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Alexander Brodsky


White Room / Black Room by Alexander Brodsky

If you're planning to visit London it's worth checking out this exhibition at Calvert 22 gallery, Shoreditch.

"White Room / Black Room will see Brodsky transform an entire floor of the gallery into two rooms filled with light and darkness, making for a fully immersive experience. Viewers will enter through a small door and the space will be divided into two contrasting rooms first encountering a seemingly endless corridor of white light and then a more confined darker chamber, hidden from view and filled with blackness."

Friday, 2 November 2012

Domestic Science: OB1 LIVE interactive exhibition


OB1 LIVE, year one students at the School of Architecture have designed “Domestic Appliances” for a science show and interactive exhibition for school children at Science Oxford during half term. The Domestic Appliances will be used to demonstrate scientific phenomena and are made from materials found in the kitchen. Science Oxford. 1-5 London Place. Mon 29 Oct-Sat 3 Nov, 10am-5pm. Free with entry to the Discovery Zone. Meet the Designers event: Mon 29 Oct, 12-4pm.