NTU Architecture Subject Group


‘Homework’ is a CO-Working house for professionals and students in the creative industry. The co-working house provides a place for students and professionals to work in cohesion with one another to bridge the gap between academia and industry. This environment will allow students to gain insight into what working life is like and build relationships between fellow students and people working in industry. The co-working house is based around 4 main creative industries; Art & Design, Architecture & the built environment, Photography and Graphic Design. These 4 industries provide a broad spectrum to ensure all creatives feel welcome in the co-working house. The space also welcomes the general public providing access through the site and in between the narrow pathways created by the mass that fills the site. The co-working house features various areas and moments of interaction for the users of the different creative spaces.

During the early stages of the project, I decided upon the Station Street site. I chose this site due to the compactness of the site and its uniqueness in comparison to the other two. My initial ideas were to celebrate the interconnectivity of Nottingham city and the curious nature of the alleyways that can be seen throughout the city and in and around the site itself. The theme of exploration and stepping out of one’s comfort zone is something that became heavily tied into my thesis as it draws upon the idea that unique and interesting things can happen outside of the comfort zone.

This notion of innovation is also a driving force behind my thesis as it is inspired by the idea that new ideas can arise when collaboration happens between different industries. Therefore, housing various creatives in one co-working house allows for interaction and innovation due to the process of idea sharing with people that may not get the chance to interact in a regular working environment. One can imagine a graphic designer and artist collaborating to combine their physical and digital expertise with a web designer to create a logo for their latest blog post. Overall, my project is a place that encourages collaboration between industries leading to innovation as a whole.

Will Shaw
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Will Shaw
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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