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This year's School of Architecture Work-in-progress show reflects ongoing provocation and invention, and reveals an emerging constructive approach. The MA Architecture evidences direct realisation, as well as speculation, while the MA Interior Design programme brings intellectual rigour to the discipline, demonstrating its potential for transforming work, healthcare, retail, learning and community environments.
Across Architecture, first-year students showcase collaborative projects alongside research candidates. Ongoing work for Brent Council and Wembley, and competition proposals for the RCA’s own Helix healthcare innovation centre, to be based at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, are also on show. MA students offer visitors a glimpse of their individual thesis research, working within the context of one of eight of the Architecture Design Studios.
Studio concerns range from urban planning across the green belt and the south east to the implications of invisibility of the digital realm, and contemporary architecture's lack of engagement with culture and obsession with economy. Given the macro level of thinking, there is still scope for speculation, but it's much more an exploration of the 'what-ifs' around real-life circumstances and planning issues.