The competition for the design of the Quadrangle is well underway and six architects have now been shortlisted. Details of their schemes and the next stages of the competition will be uploaded to the blog later this week. Sadly our work is now complete and we will be handing the blog and twitter account over to the College this week. The blog and twitter account will be managed by members of the workshop group that our team worked with over the past few months. This site will continue to be updated with the latest news and events on the Quadrangle project so please do keep coming back. We want to thank the staff and students of KCL and in particular everyone who visited the blog, took part in polls, participated in workshops and/or interviews. The Creative Consultation project for the Quadrangle has been a great success and you have made it an enjoyable and fascinating process-we have no doubt it will lead to a fantastic space.
(Val, Scott, Antonio, Lewis, Jenny, Kirsten & Linda)
Things have been quiet recently as behind the scenes the RIBA competition for an architect for the Quadrangle has been launched and is underway. All interested practices were issued with a ‘taster’ poster which captured a snapshot of the information that we gathered from you. Shortlisted architects will receive a full booklet with complete details of our findings and work with you to date. The competition shortlist is due to be announced in the next week or so! We should have more information to feedback then, untilwe have attached the ‘taster’ poster which is four A3 piece which can be printed off and joined to make one A1 poster.
Yesterday we completed the series of bespoke creative workshops that we were running with staff and students. It has been a truly inspiring process and we have gathered a wealth of invaluable data and insights about the college and the experience of Higher Education more generally. We want to thank all the workshop participants for making the process exciting, inspiring and fun. We especially want to thank Peter Rednour who very kindly made a this CD for us, ‘Music to Build Buildings to” and even hand drew the cover complete with new Nomad identity. We think it is one of the nicest presents we have ever received. I think we are really going to miss our workshops.
Congratulations to all involved in the Somerset House East Wing project which was opened yesterday by Her Majesty the Queen. Somerset House East Wing will play a key role in King’s continued development as a world-class university, extending the Strand campus and providing high quality accommodation for the College’s teaching and research. Particular congratulations to Naeem Meer (War Studies, 2010) who won the ‘World Questions Kings Answers’ Competition and met Her Majesty yesterday on her tour of Somerset House. The Competition invited King’s students and alumni to submit images that display how King’s is special to them and to celebrate the people, energy, creativity and diversity that characterises King’s at home and abroad. Meer’s photograph along with others from the competition are currently on display in Somerset House East Wing. To find out more about the opening of SHEW visit, http://tinyurl.com/6urcvz6
Our intrepid researcher Antonio will once again be on site to find out about your experiences of KCL. This time Antonio will be on site at Guys Campus and Denmark Hill over the next couple of weeks.(details below) We want to find out about the student experience of these particular campuses and gather some ideas on future developments of space in KCL. Please do stop by and have a chat with Antonio, he is very friendly and you wont be able to miss him as he will be positioned in a fabulous inflatable igloo (see above) Alternatively you may want to share your views here so please do leave your comments.
Foyer of New Hunt’s House
Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th – 10.30-5pm
Denmark Hill Campus
Foyer of the IOP Building
Monday the 20th – 10.30-5pm
Foyer of the Western Education Centre
Tuesday the 21st – 10.30-5pm
It may seem that all has gone quiet on the blog front but fear not we are busy running workshops with a number of staff and students and these are keeping us on our toes. The workshops have been going well and we have a great bunch of people involved & we are really looking forward to the seeing the ideas they come up with. Next week we begin our site visits (many thanks to all those who made suggestions) We will be taking the groups to, Mile End Library at Queen Margaret University of London, Central Library at Imperial College, Royal Festival Hall and the Google offices in London. If you have any ideas about places you would like us to look at please let us know.
In other news one of our researchers will be visiting London once again to carry out interviews. Antonio will be visiting both Guys and Denmark Hill Campuses in coming weeks. Keep checking here for details or watch out for the posters advertising the event which should be going up next week.
We are running a number of workshops between now and March and we are looking for some students to take part. These are no ordinary workshops – they are designed as a set of 5 interactive design events along with a number of site visits. The workshops are designed to build towards the final goal-which in this instance is the creation of a set of design principles/ideas to be included within the brief for the Quadrangle Architectural competition. Workshops will be held in a number of locations throughout campus and London and last 2.5 hours maximum. The first will be held in Wallacespace in Covent Garden this Thursday from 9:30 – 13:00 (we believe a tasty breakfast is on offer for this first workshop – although tea and coffee will be served at all workshops) If you can commit 2.5 hours every second week to take part we would love to have you. Simply email us at email@example.com for a place. We can only offer 3 places so do let us know if you would like to be involved. In the meantime here are the workshop titles to try to tempt you.
#1 – Launch/Measuring Success
#2 – Mapping the Quadrangle
#3 -‘Pecha Kucha’ – What others have done
#4 – Space & Place Picnic
#5 – Expressing the story