How to Embrace an Elephant: We will begin with a journey to the London Zoo where we will seek catalysts for uncanny architectural intuitions. As architecture is arguably, already experienced through the everyday acts of human life, we would like to temporarily displace ourselves from our preconceptions and dive instead into a microcosm of diverse environments and events. As an initial task we want you to find an animal or an enclosure or both and draw them. Perhaps your interest lies within fuzzy bodies, or perhaps in the slippery concrete slope of Lubetkin. We ask you to observe and investigate the peculiarities of your choice and always relate them back to yourselves. For example you could look at simple conditions such as the hard, tough skin of an elephant - how does it crease; how does it protect; how does it react to changing temperature; how does it feel when in contact with your own? You could focus on species to species relationships: what are the differences between the behaviour of human to elephant, of elephant to bird or elephant to flower - for us a flower may be a picture, for them it may be a snack. Furthermore, how big is an elephant's door, and can we even open it?
Tutors : Egmontas Geras & Sonia Magdziarz