VOID INTO FORM: FIRST YEAR MEDIA STUDIES COURSE, THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION

2018-2022

Project Role: Tutor

Project Category: Teaching

I ran this casting course for first year undergraduate architecture students within Media Studies at the Architectural Association in 2018-22. 

The course set out to explore the creative potential of plaster’s physical transformation from liquid to solid, and the reciprocal relationship between mould and cast form. Using found and repurposed materials as formwork, we created hybrid interior voids from which our casts were produced.Students were expected to engage with the design challenge that reusable formwork requires in contrast to using disposable formwork, and to develop and articulate their own approach to the recycling and reuse of their materials. 

Towards the end of the course, we visited my family’s masonry works in Dorset, Haysom Purbeck Stone, which provided the students with an introduction to contemporary commercial masonry workshop and machinery processes, and the opportunity to cut their casts. 

Taking cues from geology as well as from the histories of art and architecture, we explored the creative and practical potentials of translating void into form.