Joshua Bright (UK)
This individual project explores a process of archiving the ruins of the city in an infinite digital space, documented from the fragments that have remained over different periods of the city.
Collaborative Concrete with Gareth Proskourine-Barnett
Agnieszka Michalska (PL), Chen Liu (CN), Rowan Powell (UK), Kieron Sylvester (UK), Victoria Miller (UK)
Starting with digitized ruins of the Birmingham Central Library and the utopian ambition of Brutalist Architecture, Collaborative Concrete investigates the potential of the material as a digital .obj file — to be manipulated and reformed, providing a space to experiment, think and play.
Elephant; a Translation of Collective Identity
78 Studio: Adam Nuttall (UK), Louis Stephenson (UK), William Weston (UK)
As a studio, we question the usefulness of this shifting landscape to the people that inhabit it, in order to develop a place in which memories provide a sentimental backdrop to the lived experience. machine will facilitate connections with the city through active recording, archiving and reconfiguration of a ballroom, a fire-bombed pub, a rave venue, all with an innate relationship with the urban sound.
Alessandro Columbano (IT)
Instruments of pixel manipulation construct these faultless fictions, a technique which is also applicable in the process of image making or architectural storytelling. This performative lecture questions the significance of relocating pixels beyond reality, and the reading of urban identity presented to us from these operations.
Grade Separation: Archive of Hockley Flyover
Anila Safeer (UK), Sebastian Smart (UK), Fei Luo (UK), Michael Conner (UK)
Birmingham is closely connected to the utopian ideals of mid-twentieth century planners and architects. The term “grade separation” refers to the separation of vehicular from pedestrian space. The road often overwhelmed the context. In an attempt to counter this, artworks were commissioned for the public realm.
Reconstructing the Social
Mike Dring (UK), Alessandro Columbano (IT), Miles Marshall (UK)
Birmingham’s ever-present motto “Forward” is enacted through ongoing regeneration, often with little trace of previous civic ideals. The proposal seeks to celebrate its role in the reconfiguration of the city, extending the spatial and structural qualities across the site, in doing so reconstructing social engagement as envisaged by the original architect, John Madin.