NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Cyclical Island

Centuries have passed and the global sea level has risen faster than predicted due to humanities ignorance towards climate change. In the past, residents of coastal towns have feared the rising tide, creating numerous strategies to fight the water, such as flood barriers, sea walls, sand dunes, and even relocating entire cities. However, after decades of failure, humanity has come to the realisation that nature flooding their land is washing away their sins and granting them the opportunity to start over. This epiphany was the foundation of the Spring Tide Festival.

The Morecambe Cyclical Island is host to the annual Spring Tide Festival and theatre performance extravaganza. This weeklong prestigious festival celebrates the alignment of the sun, moon and earth which creates extreme high and low tides. Similar to the Vikings beliefs that dying in battel was the most prestigious death as it guaranteed you a seat in Valhalla, the citizens of coastal regions believe that losing your home to flooding is an honourable event of re-birth as well as granting you access to the best seats at the Festival.

The festival allows for the mourning of the livelihoods lost to flooding and converts grief into celebration of new beginnings. The festival creates a supportive community teaching acceptance and faith in natures self-healing, the journey through the architectural spaces aids the process of grieving, acceptance and healing.

The best seats within the theatre are guaranteed to those who have recently lost their homes to the tide. Whilst visitors who will soon lose their homes to flooding are invited to the immediate spaces outside the theatre, experiencing the light and acoustic performances emanating from the lighthouse. Visitors whose houses are safe from flooding can only view the festival extravaganza from a distance as they have not earned their seats on the island.

Leonie Holicki
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Leonie Holicki
MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.

Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.

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