Diploma & Postgraduate Unit 1, 2006-06

interior of la Mezquita de Cordoba

Tutors: Florian Beigel and Philip Christou above photo: Kalle Söderman


The Unit 1 programme this year was inspired by one of the most outstanding buildings in the world, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain. It has within its city walls two different worlds of experience, two different spirits of time, and two very different conceptions of space.

The exploration of proximities in architecture is about next-to’s, near-ness, far-ness, and relationships between differences. These might be differences between peoples, different times or different ways of seeing the world. Proximity for us is a spatial idea, just as emptiness, room-to-room or take away were in previous years.

The students have been asked to design a city ensemble. The ensemble should form a vital and lively urban public space and should come about in relationships with existing city substance. The composition should positively invoke proximities of differences, and play with different architectural scales.


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