The term ‘Facture’ can be described quite simply as ‘workmanship’, but is more implicitly how “the way in which something has been produced shows itself in the finished product.” László Moholy-Nagy.
This implies an architectural and material idiom in which concept/narrative, programme, technology, etc is a consequence of a process of creating and the techniques of crafting.
The theme challenged students to think about responses for rural and urban conditions that interrogate the relationship of the activities of people in places with the things they make that hold a cultural and historical interest.
Term one involved two intense design projects; the first was a small pavilion designed and built as a studio collective on the ruins of two greenhouses at Grymsdyke Farm. Groups of students developed different aspects of the pavilion, testing and fabricating design ideas with the aid of the farm’s workshop facilities. The project concluded with a BANQUET celebration on crit day.
This followed by a short individual design of a FOLLY to interrogate the world heritage site of ancient Avebury. Students were challenged to trail new drawing and modelling techniques to examine and decipher their design ideas.
The main project of the year invited students to invent their own personal take on the broad theme of Civic Artefacts. The objective was to derive an informed response to the state of their spatial and material constructs that scrutinized the relationships of places, whether local, historical or imaginative, with an explicit civic purpose. They created their own briefs and established sites of varying complexity and scales in and around London.