Infrastructure Space uses large territories and novel mapping techniques to explore them, to reveal latent environmental, social and cultural conditions. We approach space with neutrality to form objective views of the ways in which space is produced and used. Expanding on theories of landscape urbanism, we recognise that it is difficult to separate urban scale from global scale. Thus, infrastructure as a methodological lens enables critical discourse that addresses global issues of exchange, mobility and justice. This year the territory under investigation was the M58 motorway corridor that connects the M6 with the docks at Liverpool. We asked all of our students to consider the following:

COMMONS. By this we mean a shared space that enables a citizen led agency, sometimes to fill what has been referred to as an ‘infrastructural gap’.

ECO-SYSTEMS. We deliberately hyphenate this term to accentuate its constituency - ecological / systems - we are interested in systems that can enable ecological diversity and sustainability.

SOCIETY. Society has manifold interpretations. Here we refer to groups of people with common values, territory and cultural expectations and the positive effects of such arrangements.

MArch2 developed research questions based on preliminary group studies that considered digital connectivity, urban-rural dynamics, planning policy and complexity, flooding and water scarcity, density and dispersion, and infrastructural economies. Thesis projects typically explored conditions such as these and then speculated on the potential spatial and material outcomes. Schemes for floating cities, motorway heritage, networked cities, future farming, reforestation, digital distribution hubs, agglomerated urbanism and new rural states, have examined the possibilities and potentials enabled by technology and policy and are responsive to pending environmental collapse.

Year 6

Professional Studies

Professional Studies 1

In PS1, we asked students to explore the global distribution of goods and the transit corridors that service distribution around Liverpool docks. With a focus on the people who live and work in and around these inevitably transient spaces, they designed residential environments to address the needs of one or more of these groups. Residential spaces were hybridised with other functions that addressed the local and international context of the nearby Port of Liverpool. In pairs, students designed 2 housing modules related to a ‘permanent’ and ‘temporary’ condition of the Port context - dock workers, lorry drivers, ships’ crew, migrant labour, social services providers, neighbourhood services, community actors, local businesses. In groups, they interrogated contemporary housing and social policy to elicit formal, material and detail responses to both conditions to highlight the qualitative outcomes informed by policy. They also considered the recent weakening of the planning system and how the status of temporary residence affects space and the basic provisions of light, air and heat. Students were asked to relate their ideas to a global context and to produce housing that is sustainable; environmentally, socially and economically. They considered the specifics of place but also reflected on how proposed typologies might be transferable to other contexts. The housing layouts all provided some form of socially productive / service provision space which exemplified residents’ interdependence with the site and wider systems.

Professional Studies 2

PS2 asked the students to consider the re-use of a Grade II* Listed former sugar silo, designed by Tate and Lyle Engineering Department and constructed between 1955-57. The distinctive parabolic structure, which was state-of-the-art when built, has been out of use since 1981. In line with the atelier’s overarching questions of: Can an infrastructural architecture be productive in service of humans and the environment simultaneously?; Can the spaces of infrastructural architecture be socially productive? – students were asked to consider how this piece of industrial, former port infrastructure might be usefully re-imagined for a community use that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. They were tasked with addressing the full 26.5m height of the structure and to study legislation relevant to its preservation and any physical intervention they chose to make. Schemes as diverse as education centres, fuel manufacturing plants and space exploration hubs interrogated topics including community driven policy making, alternative fuel and food production methods, and strategic ways of positioning Liverpool as a global node at the forefront of Industry 4.0 in a post Brexit landscape.


Year 5

Georgina Cantrill, Ellen Faulkner, Jake Greenall, Cameron Hawkins, Daniel Jarvis, Conor Joyce, Rosa Kenny, Andrew King, Helena Sophie Krekel, Jacques Lachetta, Anna Lavery, Shuhan Liu, Matthew Meeson, Olivia Mihale, Samantha Millington, Henry Mole, Aadil Nagdawala, Titi Olasode, Tom Oldham, Marcell Orova, Harry Peach, Jessica Poore, Evie Richardson , Jack Rintoul, Li Rongcheng, Arran Sahota, Aidiel Shukri, Jamie Talbot , Elliott Taylor, Quinyi Tang, Wing Lam Ting, Dilan Vithlani, Molly Walsh, Qirui Wang, Lucy Wellman, Hei Lam Wong , Luo Zhang, Sun Zhuoping.

Year 6

Julia Arska, Jamie Boardman, Natalie Chan, Sophie Chappel, Jad Choucair, Joseph Copley, Laurence Culliford, Zohir Foukroun, Brent Haynes, Panagiotis Kapositas, Karl Leung, Yitian Liao, Cheuk Ki Jacky Ma, Andrea Nobrega, Remi Phillips-Hood, Tom Register, Seenam Seenam, Daniel Steel, Vickie Tang, Laura Toth, Kelly Ward, Jerry Xinchen Yang, Grace Jing Yuan Yu