NTU Architecture Subject Group

Forest Library

Exploring the notion of ‘Undefined Threshold’ through the design of a Knowledge Exchange centre based at Greens Windmill, Nottingham.
Under the current context of COVID-19, spatial reformatting is required in order to be accommodating, considering relevant aspects such as rationing enough space to ensure social distancing. This Pandemic has given us an opportunity to challenge the mythologies of learning. Rather than make minor adjustments, we should be pushed to manifest an Education Centre of the Future, using COVID-19 as a catalyst.
Through primary research, and my own subjective experience of Greens Windmill documented through sensory mapping, I attempted to harness on-site Biophilic features in order to create a multi-sensory driven learning environment - injecting the outside into the inside.
Supported and strongly influenced by my AiC3 Dissertation, exploring ‘Transgression and Transformation’, will allow me to identify and apply similar principles to my Architectural language, such as raised and sunken thresholds, as well as ensuring visual continuum, in order to fuel a fluid, dynamic space.
Scandinavian Forest Schools have been a driving influence on my project. Discovering a completely different approach to teaching inspired my narrative of learning through Visual, Auditory, Kinetic and tactile methods.
Further research into library’s inspired a hybrid typology - a ‘Forest Library’. A place which brings different people together to learn, with a communal feel amplified by the social benefits of the outdoors.
This atelier allowed me to explore what the true purpose of school is, the most beneficial way in which we should be taught, and the environment in which we should learn in from an early age.

Eva Govani
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Eva Govani
BArch Architecture

BArch Architecture

The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.

The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.

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