Cardiff Degree Show 2014 Show Catalogue

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  • cardiff universityWELSH SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE


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  • The Cardiff Degree Show is an opportunity for the graduating Masters of Architecture Students from the Welsh School of Architecture to bring their work to the largest possible audience. The Welsh School of Architecture, based at Cardiff University, has a long-standing reputation for its high standard of work and the quality of its graduates. This distinct London exhibition is a reflection of the schools position as a leading architectural institution and is an event befitting the careful

    consideration, iteration and craft that has gone into the work on display.

    The Welsh School of Architecture is democratic in its approach to design, allowing students to select a Thesis Unit from a number of options and develop a brief around their interests. Thesis Units tackle key issues such as: sustainable construction, the importance of brownfield regeneration, user-centricity, the effects of environmental change, and dealing with density and globalisation. Any critical contemporary architecture must address such issues, and the Cardiff Degree Show intends to suggest solutions through the exhibition of innovative holistic proposals.

    The show is curated around each of this years five thesis Units. Each Unit varies in approach, with some projects starting at the scale of a country and others beginning with a single detail. However what unifies all the work on display is novelty, craftsmanship, and a highly contextual nature. These projects present an unbiased approach to design that re-establishes graduate architecture as creative,

    craft-based problem solving, rather than an exercise in aesthetics.


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  • Mike Carruthers Keith ChanGareth CotterTheo EllisTerry LaiPriit JrimeDan LiuAoife Rath-Cullimore

    Oliver BoalerJosephine DandJoanne EdmundsLingyan KongHenry LascellesDavid Rossington

    Reem Al FurjaniXiaolong ChenNicholas EllisNimi GabrieSimon KinvigSaeed MoinieAmber SmithJemma Williams

    Hannah BarnsleyRobert BoltmanJonathan CampbellJonathan EdwardsAndrew FurzelandAnna HumpstonBen LudlowStanislaw Pomian-SrzednickiNicola SmithThomas Woodward









    WEATHER : COASTStephanie AdamouPoppy BoadleOluwakorede CokerMarcus OConnellDavid SchnabelGuylee SimmondsMarina StylianideWilliam SwithinbankPatrick Wu


  • economy : port city

  • The Economy unit set out to engage with the notion of resilience in the context of the Mount Stuart Square area in Cardiff. In our circumstance, resilience is understood as the capacity to absorb changing local actualities and withstand or overcome negative global impacts.

    Mount Stuart Square and the Coal Exchange in particular used to be the heart of coal and shipping business on which Cardiffs urban growth thrived. However, sixty years after the coal exports ceased, the Exchange stands unused, its deteriorating volume as a reminder of Cardiffs rise to significance as well as a symbol of the inability of the various public and private agents to meaningfully incorporate the legacy of that era within the citys post-industrial regeneration.

    Although our work demonstrates the diverse ways of interpreting the resilience potential of the Coal Exchange building, some key themes emerge. First, by aiming to understand the physical and human realities created by local policy-makers as well as global trends we have engaged critically with the concept of resilience in an area characterised by precarity. Moreover, we have reconnected the Coal Exchange to the citys economy by responding to Cardiffs current cultural and economic trends. Lastly, we have engaged in the debate on the trade-off between heritage concerns and modern-day requirements on the basis of the buildings structural and spatial particularities.

    Unit LeaderDr. Juliet Davis

  • Michael

    My thesis explores the Coal Exchange within the context of Cardiff Bays future development, focusing particularly on the potentials of rapid transport integration across the city. Regenerating the Exchange as a business incubator that acts as a well connected hub for business innovation within the city.


  • Keith

    This thesis explores the processes of adaptive reuse for neglected historical buildings. The interventions to the Coal Exchange reflects my critical perspective on heritage preservation, fitting new uses and ways to amplify existing character and patina to express the evolution of old buildings


  • Gareth

    The Coal Exchange and Cardiff Bay suffer from various types of economical and urban fragmentation. In response, my thesis explores how the Coal Exchange and its surroundings can be regenerated through the gradual introduction of creative and cultural uses that operate under an adaptable architectural framework.


  • Theo Ellis

    Within the context of large scale development in Cardiff Bay and the fragmented urban fabric of Butetown, this project asks how the adaptation and reactivation of the Coal Exchange could form part of, and indeed reflect a more resilient economy for Cardiff.


  • Priit Jrime

    This thesis links the historic Coal Exchange back into Cardiffs economy by responding to the spatio-functional inadequacies and hidden potentials of the building and its urban context. A programme of everyday amenities addresses local issues of mono-functionality whilst a city-wide strategy ties the isolated Butetown to Cardiffs educational hubs.










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    Cardiff Bay Creative Centre)

    Lloyd George Avenue:New recreation and sports areas

    Canal Park:Existing recreation ground

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  • Terry

    My thesis focuses on the immediate local and social context of the Coal Exchange, in relationship with the greater regional area of Cardiff and South Wales. The project aims at giving the building a programmatic, economic and architectural approach, which will ensure its adaptability to the future development of the city.


  • Dan

    The thesis connects the history of coal mining in South Wales to the future economy of Cardiff by transforming the Coal Exchange that continues the lineage of being the heart of the Welsh energy industry. The building and Mount Stuart Square become a vehicle for incubating the development of the renewable energy sector.


  • Aoife Rath Cullimore

    The thesis explores the common ground that exists between people that differ and the resources they share that brings them together. The project builds on the social legacy of rituals of cooperation and modes of social exchange in the Butetown community and transforms this into an architectural and programmatic strategy within the Coal Exchange.


  • infrastructural urbanism

  • Whilst concerned as rational, absolute and utiliatrian, infrastructure has the capacity to be appropriated and transformed towards social, cultural, ecological and artistic ends.

    Situated on the Cote dAzur in the South of France, between the Cap-dAil and Cap Martin, The Principality of Monaco has carved out a niche in the international urban marketplace as a glamorous tax haven and financial centre. However it is far from utopian; as a tourist conurbation it is reliant on its Hollywood image for economic stability. Over-development in the small strip of developable land between mountain and sea has reduced public space, removed historic properties, and left the city a congested ghetto of generic high-rise apartment blocks all clamouring for sea views. This has in turn led to social problems, with the internationally diverse super-wealthy caste occupying the Principality being supported by 20,000 commuters daily from neighbouring France and Italy.

    The work within the Infrastructural Urbanism Unit begins by proposing an infrastructural intervention at a masterplan scale, based on a thorough understanding of the inherent instablilities and feedback within Monacos social and economic systems. These infrastructural networks range from Greenways to Cable Car networks and not only tackle the large scale issues affecting The Principality such as navigation for tourists or road congestion but are also used to locate new instituitions. This ensures that the diverse architectural programmes seen in students work (such as sports centres or bath houses) form an effective strategy across the whole city and act as social levelers, symbols of identity for Monacos various cultural groups, and begin to tackle the globalisation and elitism that plagues the Principality.

    Unit LeaderProfessor Peter Salter

  • Oliver

    Monaco has an image built on super cars and Grand Prix glamour, but as the problems of congestion and pollution continue to soar, Monaco faces an identity crisis. This thesis investigates how glamour can be applied to a Personal Rapid Transit system, rebranding Monaco as a home of sustainable automotive luxury.


  • Josephine Dand

    A culture of drug use amongst teenagers in Monaco threatens the public image on which the country relies to sustain its society and economy. Cable car infra-structure hides a subcultural youth sports network which addresses this delicate problem.


  • Joanne

    The project explores the idea of a soft cultural infrastructure in Monaco. Operating as an island network it attracts social activity through an arts network and bath house set within the walked garden. Sitting tightly within the urban context its walls press up against existing buildings.


  • Lingyan

    My thesis investigates the ecological relationships in the contexts of rising pollution and lack of green/public spaces in Monaco. Alternation of buildings and planning gain reflect my critical thinking on creating green/public spaces and cultural facilities as infrastructure that forms a better connection for social interaction and flora/fauna living.


  • Henry

    In Monaco the luxury industry glamorises a very wasteful, unethical, ultimately unsustainable culture. The Green Urban Runway provides the elements needed for a shift towards a luxury culture valuing experiences over products. At its heart this takes the form of a natural perfume landscape & olfactic spa.


  • David

    Monaco must ensure heritage and society are preserved and not erased in the face of economic expansion. This thesis proposes a neighbourhood infrastructure of contemporary Guildhalls designed to diversify the Monegasque economy, improve education and training within the principality, and promote community across caste divides.



  • At a fundamental level of our consciousness we seek a sense of order or purpose that can provide a framework within which we can interact and interpret each others behaviour and the world around us. Architecture is a process by which order, or at least the illusion of order, can be super-imposed on the physical environment, acting as a lens through which we can comfortably interact.

    The willing suspension of disbelief is a common concept in the performing arts, where a collective audience enter a fictional world of performance and experience real world emotions. Sensory manipulation has remained an integral theme in the architectural discipline and where architectures greatest potential resides.

    Unit LeaderJonathan Adams

  • Reem Al

    The thesis discusses the dual nature of human existence; the physical presence and the immateriality of perception. Based on the idea of the Proscenium Arch as a threshold between the narrative and its perception, the programme takes the unexpecting audience across a sequence of experiences that are linked in a progressing narrative.


  • Xiaolong

    The thesis project is aimed to set the design as real condition, proposing a multi-functional scheme (residential, commercial, creative industrial) on the footprint of underused land within Cardiff City centre. The project focuses on blending public green space and architectures in two main squares within the scheme.


  • Nicholas

    The thesis project proposes a cultural infrastructure of portable theatre space and performance facilities in Hastings. The project focuses on an adaptable theatre and rail distribution terminal with workshop and rental studio spaces on the footprint of Hastings former pier.


  • Nimi

    The thesis explores how revealing the genius loci of a place can help redefine and establish a civic space within a broken community. A new route and creative hub, links the historical past of Caerleon in Wales to the current situation, adding to the distinctive atmosphere of the place.

    EXTERIOR PERSPECTIVE festival period - arts and crafts fair


  • Simon

    An architecture, which combines the needs of a theatre group with those of local sheep farmers is set upon a backdrop of a town split over a cliff. A synthesis of woollen mill and theatre; where wool from local farmers will be used to create bespoke clothing showcased within the theatrical performances.


  • Saeed

    Building the relationship between landscape and architecture, one intends to explore the essence of the prophetic tradition,The earth has been made a place of prostration and a purification for me, so wherever a man of my ummah may be when the time f...