Hypothesis of Contemporary Village

In Studio 1, our comprehensive analysis of the English village, specifically Newsham, revealed the gradual loss of traditional rural features due to urban sprawl. Through extensive site research and the application of studio theory, we developed architectural interventions centred around the symbolic oak tree. This tree serves as a communal gathering point, offering natural shelter and inspiring community engagement reminiscent of traditional British May Festivals. People gather, sing, and dance around the Maypole.

Studio 2 focused on translating our theoretical knowledge into practical planning and design strategies. The Chronology of Newsham enabled us to examine settlement patterns, analyze existing design guidelines, and establish new design codes to shape the village's future development. Our approach emphasized creating and expanding community public spaces that respect local characteristics and utilize available resources, fostering integration and a harmonious living environment among residents.

Expanding upon our thesis in Studio 3, we demonstrated how these principles could be embodied in key architectural elements of future Newsham. Plazas, community halls, train stations, and residences took centre stage, all reflecting the spirit of the oak tree. Our designs prioritized the needs and experiences of individuals, creating vibrant public areas that embrace the traditional essence of the English countryside. By challenging the encroachment of developers on green spaces and rejecting large-scale homogeneous housing, our scheme presented a sustainable model for countering urban sprawl in northern England. It successfully blended the allure of traditional rural living with the modern conveniences required for a vibrant and sustainable countryside.