The summer school is well on it’s way now and the students are soon ready to start their practical sessions. But first, a few more of their blogs.
I am coming every month from London to attend the course. CAT has been an exceptional place to deepen my understanding of what I call “the production of architecture” and develop my own ability to produce design ideas with a pertinent focus on sustainability. Sometimes, like this month, I drag along my model on the bus, tube, train and taxi, to illustrate my ideas. I am using my site model to develop a concept on a mixed-use development. It’s great to have these few days to focus and progress on our design work without interruption (bar the table tennis competition!). I wish every month was like summer school.
Adam Harris’ blog.
As an attempt to provide a snapshot of what its like to be an architecture student at CAT, below is a narrative of what’s going on in the studio at this week’s summer school. A room with a view. A window looking into a peaceful and sensual courtyard with still water, reflecting light into the rooms which surround it. A studio with pools of natural light and areas of drama and contrast that accentuate the beauty of this precious light. A studio filled with desks, desks filled with the apparatuses that allow architecture to be enjoyed; pencils, markers of red and green, rolls of tracing paper and model making materials scattered all around. Chairs of which house the courses’ best kept secret; warm-hearted students. These people have become the making of our studies. These people are made of the stuff which will hopefully make friends for life. Friends who provide laughter, care and affection, help and support. Creativity thrives on these essential ingredients.
Trevor Jones’ blog.
I joined CAT as a mature student to finally fulfill my ambition to become an architect. Nine months on; I’m now designing a Wellness Centre on Hilbre Island off the Wirral Coastline. The initial source of inspiration was from the book “Liquid Assets” and the revival of Lidos. As an avid reader of Psychologies, I also discovered the 1960’s Esalen institute in the Big Sur California, where the therapeutic and exotic spa and massage culture came about. The challenge is to make the project self sufficient and sustainable with use of wind, wave and solar energy, but the idea is beginning to evolve typically in the Esalen mentality of self awareness by also creating a facility for naturists. Feedback from naturists or visitor of Esalen please or anything about the best spa experiences are gratefully received.