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Thinking through Making Workshops Week 2

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape runs a Thinking through Making programme each year where external contributors are invited to deliver hands-on workshops to Stage 3, 5 and 6 students.

The workshops focus on the use of material within architecture, be it the material of construction, the drawing board or a digital interface. Thinking through Making provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide variety of material practices and possibilities through interactive and engaging sessions.  

Week two of the workshops saw Sophie Cobley and Poppy Whatmore lead the students:

Material Skills: Working with Wood by Sophie Cobley

Brief: For this week’s Material Skills workshop, Sophie Cobley will be introducing you to basic woodworking techniques. Using both soft and hard woods you will learn how to create basic joints between two sections of timber, carve wood using appropriate tools and techniques, and consider how and why you use specific types of wood for particular purposes. Prior knowledge of woodwork and joinery is not essential nor needed. The session may be of particular interest to those who wish to explore timber construction and detailing in their individual design projects.


Material Practice: Transforming Objects

Brief: In this workshop we will appropriate DIY methods to create absurd mechanisms for fixings and means of assemblage, juxtaposing a constructive process against methods for taking things apart, namely the constructive antithesis, deconstruction. By cutting things up and creating fractured parts of familiar objects, we can displace the viewer from the original sense of order and composition of the object in question. A language is created that marks or demonstrates a suggested narrative. These narratives combine the documentation and re-framing of objects generated by, or in response to actual events, creating an orchestrated disorder which plays with the notion of conveyed meaning. Through this workshop, we will explore the relationship between object and scale investigating how the process of making can redefine the nature, experience and reading of a found object.


published on: 5 November 2018