NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Teaching Theatre

This project aims to create a new building type, The Teaching Theatre. With the site’s unique inner-city location, and proximity to Nottingham Trent Universities city campus, an opportunity for the connection of a working theatre to the school of design is present. Through the analysis and research of the contextual surroundings, a critical reflection of the past present and future of the site and its context will be made. Because of the duality in usage of this proposal, both teaching and working, there will need to be a critical reflection of both student and audience. For the needs of the two however differing, will in their similarities create connections, places and uses which will connect them to both each other and thus the building.

Due to the decline of theatres in all types throughout the UK, the need has arisen to create a new hybrid typology with duality at its heart. The narrative for the project continues abound the dual usage of the proposal. At the heart of the building is a re-imagined Shakespearean theatre, a theatre in both size and design which aims to reflect upon the great history present within the UK. Surrounding this central theatre, are to be the teaching spaces. A place which focuses on guarding the theatre typology through educating into the future. If then this theatre was to be the last, its knowledge should act a sacred bastion, a place with the ability not only to create shows, but also to inspire through education the future of the performing arts.

Toby Westwood
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Toby Westwood
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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