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Creative Unions x Spatial Practices Prizes

Louis Lupien, Open Croydon, 2018
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19 September 2018

Central Saint Martins Degree Show Two: Design 2018 saw the second year of our Spatial Practices Prizes sponsored by Knight Frank. Awarded in recognition of outstanding work by a final-year student, one prize was given per course: BA Architecture, M ARCH Architecture and MA Narrative Environments. The shortlist was announced on 14 June 2018 – from which three winners were selected.

Mel Dodd, Spatial Practices Programme Director
Knight Frank Spatial Practices Prizes Award Ceremony

Spatial Practices Prizes Award Winners, 2018

Spatial Practices Prizes Winners

Louis Lupien, BA Architecture

Frederick Wiltshire and Billy Adams, M Arch: Architecture

Rhiannon Williams, MA Narrative Environments

“Receiving the Prize was for me the confirmation that the school that I challenged for the past three years was, as I always perceived it, truly and inherently supportive of Mavericks.” – Louis Lupien, BA Architecture

“We were very grateful and surprised to be given an award for our project. It was a strong year across the whole course, the great work and support from the tutors and students alike has really lifted all the projects, including our own.” – Frederick Wiltshire and Billy Adams, M Arch

“I feel thrilled to have won this year’s spatial practices prize for Narrative Environments. It was great to get positive feedback on my work, but also to be introduced to the work of other students who received the prize.” – Rhiannon Williams, MA Narrative Environments

Following the close of Degree Show Two: Design, selections took place for our second Creative Unions exhibition, which features both Williams’ and Lupien’s award-winning projects, as well as four designers from the shortlist.

Rhiannon Williams – Fracture Edit, 2018 Central Saint Martins, MA Narrative Environments

Williams’ Fracture Edit is a critical, multi-disciplinary response to the Cypriot buffer zone. It explores the possibility of reinterpreting a site that preserves societal conflict as a space of cooperation and cultural hybridity. Williams inscribed poems by Greek and Turkish Cypriots on to copper plates, which were then placed around the buffer zone. An online poetry map details their distribution points, creating a digital network of a more progressive and tender view of the politically charged site.

Louis Lupien, Open Croydon, Creative Unions, Installation View, Lethaby Gallery, 2018. Photo: Belinda Lawley

Louis Lupien, Open Croydon, 2018
Central Saint Martins, BA Architecture. Photo: James Barnett

Also on view in the exhibition is BA Architecture graduate Lupien’s winning project Open Croydon. The New City of Croydon is a bastion of 1960s modernist ideals, standing as a figurehead of London’s post-war transformations. Nicknamed ‘Mini-Manhattan’, the area is still characterised by privatised monumental buildings, leaving vast spaces of useless asphalt. Through a series of experiments, Lupien’s project explores the complexity of the city and proposes a local, underused car park as a pivotal space to bring life back into Croydon’s New City.

Continuing the celebration of Spatial Practices’ wider dedication to the social and political implications of space, four of the shortlisted projects for the Spatial Practices Prizes sponsored by Knight Frank are also currently being exhibited as part of Creative Unions: Erica Jensen’s Cohabits; Matthew Brown’s Performing Planning; Shamiso Oneka’s Re-Living Archives: An Incremental Institution and Amar Sall’s Marina-Ville.

Erica Jensen, Cohabits, 2018
Central Saint Martins, MA Narrative Environments

MA Narrative Environments graduate Jensen’s Cohabits is a personalised furniture assembly methodology for couples, which takes the familiar, uniform style of the IKEA assembly manual as its starting point. Working with UK-based couples, Jensen conducted interviews and tests before providing them with flat-pack furniture and assembly instructions, suited to their characteristics. Using building processes as metaphors for personality traits, Cohabits explores the best ways to understand and coexist with one another.

Matt Brown, Performing Planning, 2018
Central Saint Martins, M ARCH: Architecture

Interpreting planning as a form of performance, BA Architecture graduate Matthew Brown proposes another method of city-making. He uses actions, events and objects to generate inventive responses to policy. As a form of critique, Brown’s project is a rebuttal to the notion of planning as stifling and bureaucratic, instead arguing that by articulating how we want to live in the future, planning can develop the rules for our freedom. Both Brown and Lupien’s projects sit in the exhibition’s ‘Making Public’ curatorial thread – a section dedicated to projects which promote participatory, accessible design and demystify the ways in which design is communicated to the general public.

Shamiso Oneka, Re-Living Archive, 2018
Central Saint Martins, M ARCH: Architecture.

Oneka and Sall’s projects sit in the ‘New Histories’ section of the exhibition, which brings together works that investigate personal and inherited narratives. M ARCH: Architecture graduate Oneka’s Re-Living Archives is informed by her time as practitioner-in-residence at the George Padmore Institute – an archive of black and Asian culture and activism. Oneka is concerned with decolonising the institute. Reimagining it as an exploded building, she displaces the institute from existing hegemonies of knowledge, property and access.

Amar Sall, Marina-Ville, Creative Unions, Installation View, Lethaby Gallery, 2018

Sall’s project similarly unpicks a specific site – this time re-imagining Canvey Island. A civil parish and reclaimed island in the Thames estuary in Essex, the concept of the maritime is etched into its very fabric, but its impact has diminished and is now fading into obscurity. Through a range of activities with the local community, both young and old, Sall’s Marina-Ville established an open form of making and learning through inter-generational activity, attempting to regenerate the Marina environment and revive a forgotten community.


Creative Unions is kindly supported by Louis Jadot Wines.