Unit A Leader

2008 - 2012
Oxford Brookes University

Over 5 academic years between 2008 - 2012 undergraduate design studio unit A of Oxford Brookes University was lead by Carsten Jungfer with support of Colin Priest. During this time a teaching methodology was developed, that is based around a structured learning framework with inspirational lectures, group workshops, site-visits, field-trips and references to theory and practice supporting students to pursue individual interests by working with open briefs.

The approach to design and learning can be described as site-driven, process-orientated and of multi-scalar nature with an agenda that investigates shifting social, spatial and material conditions in the city.

The unit established London as study area for their investigations into urbansim and public realm and the city became testing ground for strategic ideas and architectural interventions. Areas of focus and now under rapid transformation included Mount Pleasant, Aldgate East, Deptford and Blackfriars.

The course also provided hands-on experience and live collaborations with institutions such as RIBA Building Futures Initiative, Design for London, Brandenburg University of Technology, Trada and Eco-build.

The student work has been collated into a series of on-demand published catalogues, that can also be viewed online.

2011 Syndicated Infrastructures
2010 Complicit Infrastructures
2009 Pro-Local Infrastructures
2008 Co-habited Infrastructures