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Marcie Larizadeh & Edmund Wilson


This Year, the field of investigation for Studio 3 has been the social and environmental ecology of the contemporary city. We have explored how the built form of a city relates to complex social networks, how different building methods can be used to lower the energy consumption of construction and how small interventions can have a magnified impact on a wider ecology.

Throughout the year, our projects have been set within the Newmarket road area of Cambridge, an investigation that has taken place in parallel with a study of the cities of Paris, Los Angeles and Medellin.

In the Michaelmas term, we investigated our site through detailed observation, drawing and the imagined inhabitation of a character living in the neighbourhood. We also studied the city of Paris as a precedent for the emerging modern city and the relevance of the hidden social structures of cities, often overlooked in conventional city planning.

During the Lent term, we studied light-weight timber and steel frames in the context of the post-modern environment of Los Angeles. The structural design approach of case study houses were used as a starting point to investigate alternatives to carbon intensive masonry and how a place of production might fit within a residential neighbourhood with social intent.

In the Easter term, the projects were led by individual research, with interventions informed by the findings of this research. Topics were as varied as the experience of cows within the city and the potential of the process of consultation to shape design. Together we studied the city of Medellin and discussed the potential of architecture to seed radical social change, with Jorge Perez Jaramillo as well as future proposals for our site area with Cambridge City Planners.

For the final part of our programme, the projects of the year were assembled into a combined model to help consider how individual proposals might work together in a combined narrative for the site. The difference inherent in this group work displays not a single-minded proposal, but rather reveals the city as an evolving continuum of interconnected elements that retain the potential for radical change.


Imani Bailey

Dionne Bimpong

Jay Chew

Honor Clinton

Siena Cornish

Sylwia Gajek

Mila Giovacchini

Jamie Harrison

Lalia Saidy Khan

Jan Kozlik

Rianna Man

Precious Ndukuba

Pantea Sarparast

Sayma Sultana

William Syder-Mills

Jingzhi Yang

Dorota Zidkova

Felicity Atekpe, White Table Architects

Alexander Giarlis, LDA Design Professor

Professor Tom Holbrook, 5th Studio

Alun Jones, Dow Jones Architects

Hana Loftus, HAT Projects

Ingrid Schroder

Hannah Stadie, Foster Wilson Size

Mary Ann Steane

Anat Talmor, de Matos Ryan

Andy Toohey, Price and Myers

Paul White, Buckley Gray Yeoman

And the invaluable support of

Professor Johanna Malt, Kings College London

Jonathan Brookes, Cambridge City Council

Sarah Chubb, Cambridge City Council

Jorge Perez Jaramillo

Ronita Bardhan

Emily So

James Campbell

Year 1