London's 21st Century urbanism is increasingly defined by our relationship to risk and security; from terrorism and violence threatening the socio-physical fabric of our cities, an increasing paranoia with regards to surveillance and privacy issues, to Olympic security and economic crisis erupting into civil unrest. What new architecture will emerge to combat this range of threats?
This year the summer school will take place under the title 'Resilient London - Urban Security', asking students to build on their socio-political, cultural and economic understanding of the city of London, in order to explore a range of spatial security interventions that respond to the future resilience of London and its inhabitants.
Students will work through a single project at a specific scale to allow for a thorough development of an architectural response to what is a large and complex issue. The summer school is a 2-week intense programme, where students are exposed to design studios, field study, lectures and seminars from a number of experts from a range of disciplines within the field of risk, resilience and security. The projects will be developed through digital and analogue techniques of representation. We will put a great emphasis in visualising risk and security issues through a set of architectural mediums.