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East of Eden

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014


East of Eden is a design research project that encompasses the creative output of the entire Department of Architecture and Landscape, from year one to postgraduate and across all the architecture and landscape programmes. Initiated to celebrate the Department’s move into its new home in the heart of Greenwich, the project hopefully marks the start of a long and fruitful relationship with our new surroundings.

Three sites were chosen for this project through a mix of fortuitous circumstance, university connections and at the invitation of interested groups. The project name comes from the fact that all three sites East Greenwich, the Greenwich peninsula and Thamesmead are situated to the east of the ‘Edenic’ maritime campus.

For each of the three sites the Department is working alongside an external partner that represents a very different idea regarding the development of the area. In East Greenwich we are working with residents and the Greenwich society; on the Peninsula we are principally working with the Hong Kong based developers Knight Dragon and at Thamesmead we are working with Peabody Housing Trust.

East Greenwich and the Greenwich Peninsula are clearly of interest due to their proximity to the Maritime campus, whereas the third, Thamesmead, has recently been acquired by the Peabody, an organisation that has strong links with the University through the Universities Pro Chancellor and Chair of Court who is also CEO of Peabody. These three groups have very different agendas, priorities and interests and it was thought insightful to provide students this contrast as a backdrop for developing their academic projects.

East of Eden has a series of aims; to engage with our local area and to develop a social, cultural and physical analysis of these sites; to ask questions about the forces that drive the development of the city in 21st century and to speculate upon a range of strategies that might suggest an inclusive agenda for urban growth. But most importantly to provide an exciting and provocative range of proposals for these sites, from practical approaches to housing and streetscape, to more esoteric musings on progressive technology and new forms of social action and organisation. A large part of this project will question the reliance on the market to develop a coherent strategy for urban growth and critique the financial mechanisms that drive the contemporary city.

The work shown here has been selected as part of the ‘Work in Progress’ Exhibition to coincide with Future Cities 4, the final output of the East of Eden project will be a book covering the output of the student cohort supplemented by projects from members of staff and a wide variety of pieces from some of our external collaborators, as a marker for our arrival into Greenwich, East of Eden looks like being significant contribution to the local scene.

Nic Clear (Head of Architecture and Landscape) April 2015

100 Stories of Migration

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

In 2013, A competition run in association with the Guardian asked for images that said something about migration to the people submitting them. It attracted about 900 contributions, from amateur and professional photographers, all of whom wrote about why they had selected that particular image. From these contributions, a judging panel selected 100 images they considered the most resonant, and these formed the basis of this exhibition, first displayed in Hackney and subsequently, Senate House (London), the offices of Freedom from Torture and the School of Museum Studies in Leicester University. The exhibition has now come to the Heritage Gallery in The Old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich.



One word for Greenwich: from letterpress to Digital

Friday, November 21st, 2014

This exhibition is a collection of year one BA Hons Graphic & Digital Design student work, which explores creatively and conceptually the area of Greenwich, through a typographic journey.

The work brings together two core courses within the programme: the Graphic Design Principles, “sensing the city” project, and Typographic Studies “typo-topo” project.

The exhibition focuses on the understanding of letterpress in relation to contemporary digital techniques, to form a collection of interesting compositions that communicate the characteristics of Greenwich as a space through its social, cultural, heritage and historical impact. This exhibition is a collection of expressive words that ‘map’ the topographic area.

Students have been asked to visually explore their understanding of Greenwich as new members of the University and the department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts. Following on from this they have been invited to Alan Kitching’s Letterpress workshop in Kennington, London, to explore the impact of movable type to their concepts through colour, scale and composition. The second part of the project required the reflection upon their designs and the integration of digital type into their compositions, through the direction of both Alan Kitching and Vaughan Oliver.

The exhibition is curated by year 1 students under the direction of their design lecturers Anastasios Maragiannis, Stacey Pitsilides and David Waterworth. Graphic Design by Maceij


Friday, November 21st, 2014

Men is an exhibition of photographic work by students on the FDA1, FDA2 and BA (Hons) photography course. For this project our photographers were asked to respond directly to the theme of ‘Men’. and consider how we might begin to think about male identity differently. Many students drew on their own experiences whilst others interrogated the stereotypes of masculinity throughout our visual culture. Powerful, pathetic, beautiful and absurd, the images on show in this exhibition are as diverse as the men we live with or the men we are.