London School of Architecture spotlights 10 architectural projects

A project that aims to break down the boundaries between traditional schools and the city and the proposal for an urban landscape designed to tackle pollution is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by the London School of Architecture.

Also presented is a project that aims to improve the future of existing post-war social housing estates and a series of outdoor pavilions for educational activities.

The school: London School of Architecture
Course: Design the Mars Architecture

School statement:

“The London School of Architecture is a new school built for independent minds, not independent means. We offer a two-year Level 2 study program consisting of ten modules that address specific aspects of knowledge, skills and the behaviors that our graduates will demand.

“Organized as a living network, rather than a fixed hierarchy, LSA forges a series of powerful relationships between academia and practice, architecture and other disciplines, and school and city.

“During the Inter-Practice year, students are employed in three-day-per-week, 12-month internships organized by our network of practice. In their other time, they work on LSA projects.

“During the proto-practice year, students work full-time with LSA to develop individual thesis design projects. The school uses the city as both a campus and a testing ground, placing our surveys and projects in a different borough each year.

“Our program is validated by our academic partner, the University of Liverpool, which awards our graduates with a MArch in Designing Architecture. The LSA is professionally recognized at Part 2 level by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). “

The Metropolitan Savage by Jack Bowen

“The Metropolitan Wild offers a new form of urban landscape that can fight pollution, flooding, biodiversity and poverty. The landscape proposal highlights four distinct habitats – forest, marsh, river and open water – by decanalising part of the Léa River.

“This allows cycles of natural flooding, working with nature rather than against it. The architectural proposal takes the form of an undulating, curved walkway in response to topography and habitat. This allows the site to be used during floods and provides opportunities for households, commercial and civic typologies tucked underneath, lending to the creation of a unique and highly specified neighborhood. “

Student: Jack Bowen
E-mail: jack.bowen[at]
Course: Mars in architecture design
Tutors: Samantha Hardingham and Matthew Whittaker

A gray and black visualization of a space called Material (C) ity

Material (C) ity by Hannah Cruickshank

“Material (C) ity aims to decentralize the fashion industry, changing consumer habits and mentalities surrounding disposable clothing.

“By co-locating the different elements of the fashion supply chain in a singular building, it evolves towards a circular economy. It creates a framework allowing new businesses to establish themselves in an artisanal economy with immediate access to a wide range of skills, machines and trades.

“The local community and passing visitors will be provided with resources to realize the value of clothing and textiles.”

Student: Hannah cruickshank
E-mail: hannah.cruickshank[at]
Mars in architecture design
Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualization of the daily field: a wooden structure with a man reading a book on the balcony

The Everyday Estate by Callum Rowland

“This is a proposal for an alternative future of real estate regeneration by capitalizing on emerging remote working models as part of a hyper-local life / work program.

“Existing homes are being modernized and reorganized to meet the dynamic daily needs of individual residents. Localized co-working facilities fill underused spaces in London housing estates, inviting new occupants to these forgotten parts of the city and relieving the house of the recent work invasion.

“Transitional but integrated apartments are located at the top of existing buildings and densify the affordable residential offer. Finally, the shared daily facilities are sandwiched between old and new homes, providing vital common ground for all residents. “

Student: Callum rowland
E-mail: callum.rowland[at]
Course: Mars in architecture design
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualization of a school without walls

Rita Tornallyay’s school without walls

“The ambition of School Without Walls is to connect school activities to the surrounding community.

“School Without Walls breaks the physical and programmatic boundaries between traditional schools and the city.

“Learning becomes flexible, permeable and accessible to all at all times. It spans the entire city, facilitating location-specific learning spaces, using the city as a campus. “

Student: Rita tornallyay
E-mail: rita.tornallyay[at]
Mars in architecture design
Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A colorful visualization of educational pavilions where children can learn

Outdoor towns by Kiril Georgiev

“Open-Air Commons seeks to challenge educational models, places of knowledge exchange and their spatial implications.

“It aims to free the school from curricular constraints by emphasizing thematic learning, open exploration, ancillary forms of education and bringing outdoor education to the widest possible audience.

“Based on a series of pavilions in an open landscape and a large steel canopy, the project uses inexpensive industrial methods based on standardized and prefabricated components and construction methods. “

Student: Kiril Georgiev
E-mail: kiril.georgiev[at]
Course: Mars in architecture design
Tutors: Tho Games Petrohilos and Akari Takebayashi

A colorful visualization of a creative space in Hackney Wick

The Live / Work City 6 by Yavor Ivanov

“The proposal, located in Hackney Wick, aims to retain existing industrial, creative and leisure programs and further scale up the site.

“By creating a clear hierarchy of public places in terms of scale and character, the masterplan supports and enhances this diversity of uses.

The industrial “mega-blocks” within it include work-from-home housing grouped around a civic factory, comprising shared workspaces, facilities and equipment, which facilitate exchanges between residents and workers as well as ‘crafts and industries. “

Student: Yavor Ivanov
E-mail: yavor.ivanov[at]
Course: Mars in architecture design
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualization of a tree in a brick yard

Upside Down by Cora McLean

“Inside Out aims to establish unique spatial conditions that encourage human interaction and introspection.

“An addition, subtraction and displacement process is used to create space for community-based mental health services and, therefore, prioritize holistic methods of mental health care.

“The new additions to the site are a series of prefabricated extruded arches that extend and showcase the existing fabric. They are broken, perforated and cut to create a dialogue between interior and exterior space and therefore open the building to the public.

Student: Cora McLean
E-mail: cora.mclean[at]
Mars in architecture design
Jesper Henriksson and James Mak

A visualization of Common Ground, a community space in Hackney

Common Ground by Jack Banting

“This project begins with the Hackney local authority offering ‘common’ sites in all of its areas and newly formed tenant and resident associations.

“A process of deliberation and democratic decision-making by residents facilitated by the Common Ground project then determines a programming strategy.

“An intervention made up of a new, deployable, low-cost framework architecture is then installed. In the hands of the community, new amenities will provide residents with spaces to work, live, learn and socialize, providing them with shared amenities, a sense of collective ownership and the ability to create new opportunities. “

Student: Jack banting
E-mail: jack.banting[at]
Course: Mars in architecture design
Tutors: Samantha Hardingham and Matthew Whittaker

Culture | Congregation by Luke Upton

“This project aims to reposition the parish church at the center of the local community through an engagement with food.

“He’s establishing a local food hub, the Hackney Food Exchange, as part of a larger parish, town and region food web.

“This includes a dedicated program of educational and community-focused activities and spaces woven through the church and associated CoE primary school, re-engaging the church with its immediate context and diverse local communities.

“The program serves as a model for the activation and re-engagement of the church building as a welcoming community space addressing social issues including isolation, mental and physical well-being and healthy eating.

Student: Luke Upton
E-mail: luke.upton[at]
Course: Mars in architecture design
Tutors: Hannah Lawson and Rebecca Muirhead

A visualization of a community space filled with plants with high ceilings and large windows

Mercier Nation by Aanisah Chowdhury

“Haberdasher Nation seeks to create relationships between tenants of social housing and the city at large through nature. the city.

“To achieve this, the project offers an autonomous cultivation and sales system for residents for gardening and garden education. It follows a business model that allows the domain to generate income using a business model for a successful public space.

Student: Aanisah Chowdhury
E-mail: Aanisah.chowdhury[at]
Mars in architecture design
Theo Games Petrohilos and Akari Takebayashi

Content of the partnership

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the London School of Architecture. Learn more about the content of the Dezeen partnership here.

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