“Mark Smout and Laura Allen are Senior Lecturers at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Our work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigour of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. We focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscape”
“Architecture is a history of borders. It materializes existing power relations through a clear delimitation of space. The surrounding structures impose onto us in an intrusive way in order to reassure, control, contain, seduce.
They reflect our lifestyle, conditioning it directly.
The city is both territory and population, physical environment and gravity of social relations. It is the interaction between the delimiting built environment and the conditioned social flow that should be studied to approach its reality. Open the envelope to look inside.”
Plan diagram of the “multi-cellular” geometry of the Lalin civic center, which is a complex series of interlocking and intersecting circles of various sizes that creates some stunning interior spaces (click for detail). Via.