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In the current era, traditional theatre that was once historically prevalent in culture, is critically ill due to its inability to thrive in the present. Conventional theatre has failed the Derby Hippodrome and surrounding context, resulting in its deterioration. Through Derby’s rich history of video games, the exploration of Esports arenas as the theatre of the future will rejuvenate the depleted context, through the growing typology, socially and economically. The development of physical stage performance to virtual, will satisfy the cultural addiction for the “clutch moment”. The pinnacle of a performance and emotions, where a performer defies all odds to win, creating an explosive atmosphere.
The Hippodrome’s historic damage has resulted in the remnants of a grade two listed brick façade, which has inspired an architectural obsession into the manipulation of brick. Combined with the theatrical foci of the users journey to further convey the narrative of the “clutch moment” warping the architecture and pulling the user in. The theatre of the future should transfer the gravitational effect that the “clutch moment” has on the audience, architecture and materiality. Psychologically portraying this effect to the users through their journey to the performance. Using it to separate them from the real world, so the full experience can be encountered. The use of identical brick, links the historic and future theatres visually, with elements of the Hippodrome, transferred and adapted to suit the requirements of the future theatre. The proposal challenges the concept of theatre, by advancing the year to 2041 and thus has advancements in the technological abilities of today. Once entered all surfaces act as though the explosion of clutch has been frozen, with the resulting rippling brick in place, creating the technical areas that are required for operation. Whilst simultaneously guiding the users towards the centre performance space.

Jake Duthie
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Jake Duthie
MArch Architecture
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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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