Dear all!

Effectively, this week activities are generating one of the busiest moments of the year, so please keep a healthy life not to get over stressed!

1- MONDAY the 23rd of MARCH!: year 4 DR pre-submission. The work you all are doing is extremely unique and interesting, so we would like to CONGRATULATE YOU ALL!

2- MONDAY the 23rd of MARCH!, right after DR submission, please all year 4 still pending to send the structural information to Roberto (don´t forget to include Izaskun and me in copy), do it assap.

3- WEDNESDAY the 25th of March. END OF 2ND TERM CRIT. Starting at 9:30, in room 132. In order to be feedback-fair regardless the slot you will have, WE HAVE TO KEEP THE PRESENTATION + FEEDBACKS in 30 minutes maximum. If not, the last ones will receive a less varied guests´ feedbacks.

when: WEDNESDAY the 25th of March, from 9:30. This means 4 of you have to start pin-upping at 9:00am. This is always taking more than you think, and we are always starting half an hour late, so PLEASE, let´s be at 9:30am ready.

where: 1st floor, room 132.


a- BRIEF printed in A4, 5 copies for the jury: including project NAME, description of program, site, community of users and project AGENDA.

b- GRAPHIC DOCUMENTS: Site, program diagrams, Plans, Sections and 3d models. 



e- prepare a list of design problems you have encountered so the panel can help you in finding solutions.


1. Martin Tang.

2. Sally Hart.

3. Jan Kattein.

4. Ricardo de Ostos.

5. Space Syntax team.

6. Nerea Calvillo.

+ Unit22 tutors.

4- THURSDAY the 26th of March. OPEN CRIT. Our magnificent colleague, Joshua Thomas will be presenting his fascinating project in the new series of OPEN CRIT restarting this year….. PLEASE LET´S CHEER JOSH UP for making him feel as in the Oscar’s ceremony.

5- FRIDAY the 27th of March. OPEN DRINKS. Are you in the mood for a Diwana dinner and then some celebratory drinks (not necessarily alcoholic).

a bit of vedi music will do it smoother….

all the best!

Izaskun and Carlos

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Rush Hour Rest Stop is shelter built out of gutted shells of old cars. We were invited to Durban with no specific task or space given.

When visiting Durban for the first time, we met Doung, a Durban-based artist and architect focusing on post-apartheid spatial practices. He took us on a city walk, which brought us to the highway, which is the main entrance point into Durban. Parallel to this lies a pedestrian path that connects the townships in the West to Warwick Junction, a knot of underpasses and overpasses, tunnels, train and bus station, where a massive and bustling informal market lives and breathes. This is what best represents the African city.

via raumlabor » RUSH HOUR REST STOP: Acknowledging everyday practices.

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dear all!

The one and only Martin Tang sent me this link to a marvelous collection of hyperdescriptive urban drawings that will for sure inspire our UNIT22 urban designers’ team….


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REFERENCE, Arrangements of Microscopic Diatoms by Klaus Kemp

<p><a href=”″>The Diatomist</a> from <a href=”″>Matthew Killip</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Ever since exploring slides of arranged diatoms earlier this year from the California Academy of Sciences, I was left with one small question: how? Diatoms are tiny single-cell algae encased in jewel-like shells that are among the smallest organisms on Earth of which there are an estimated 100,000 extant species. How does one go about finding, capturing, cleaning, organizing, and arranging these artistic displays that are so small they are measured in microns?

One such person who asked these questions was Klaus Kemp who became fascinated by some of the earliest diatom arrangements dating back to the Victorian era. Kemp has since dedicated his life to the study and perfection of modern day diatom arrangements, and his works are among the most complex being made today. Filmmaker Matthew Killip recently sat down with Kemp and learned more about his process in this short film called the Diatomist.

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Reference: Conrad Shawcross- The Nervous Systems Inverted

Thank you Josh for this reference :)

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Dear all,

Only 4 of the 4th years has sent the updated structural information to Roberto with copy to Izaskun and me! Please, the other 6 are invited to proceed before the sun disappears in the horizon TODAY!

Here we have the activities of the week:

1- TUESDAY THE 17TH OF MARCH. All 4th years, to send the updated structural information to Roberto with copy to Izaskun and me.

2- WEDNESDAY THE 18TH OF MARCH. As next week we have the end of TERM CRIT, we consider it is time to produce in the direction you are all doing, so I´ll be doing VOLUNTEER one to one tutorials from 11:00 onward in room 132. Those who want to have a tutorial, please upload a commentary to this post.

all the best!


Izaskun and carlos

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REFERENCE, Pocket Park Projects | London City Hall

Pocket Park Projects

Pocket Parks

We now have 100 parks selected with offers of funding. These projects range from community orchards to edible bus stops. Use the map below to find the nearest pocket park to you and zoom in to see it’s location.

Further information on the projects, which are currently underway and information on how you can get involved can be found below and at our Project Dirt ‘Pocket Park Cluster’.

via Pocket Park Projects | London City Hall.

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