Architecture can empower, create, evoke and change the way we live and think, it is an expression of oneself and our vision of ideas, it’s political nature often leads to the questioning of its importance and whether architects are still relevant as home improvement programs become more prevalent in the age of DIY.
Archiculture explores the idea of creating a transparency in architecture through education by encouraging local participation and a sharing of ideas to help change the perception of the role of the architect. Archiculture highlights the design process, encouraging an interdisciplinary learning environment imbedded within the city centre placing emphasis on making, testing and research, and is explored through the workshop and the theatre of exhibition.
The new architecture school resides in the old council and Fred Ash building and explores a broad context, which involves urban, architectural, pedagogical and material confrontations. The revamped buildings mediate with the city through a contrast in solidity whereby the university reclaims an active presence and suggests an active role for the school in the cultural and political future.