Wednesday 9 November 2016

Foundation in the Built Environment: London Field Trip 2016

The School of the Built Environment offers a Foundation in the Built Environment (FBE). The course is designed to develop understanding and problem-solving skills in areas which are fundamental to the environment, design and development of cities. Students are introduced to a variety of subjects that, with the correct choice of modules, will allow progress to one of the undergraduate degree courses offered within the School of the Built Environment.

The FBE students went on a field trip to The City of London last Friday (4 November). It rained. But it was still a good trip. I went along to take some photos of the sites visited. The field trip is part of the module 'Integrative and Contextual Studies' and allows students to explore the nature of the built environment and the parties and processes involved in building and maintaining it, as well as the bodies and factors influencing design and development. The students visited the site on which they would base their presentation and written work. There were 7 sites altogether and further information is given below - click on the blue links for more information.

The students arrived at The City Centre (based at Guildhall) for a series of presentations. The first from Lettie McKie (Education Manager at The City Centre) about the development of London based around the City of London model and the second from Daryl Perry (Principal Researcher at Bilfinger GVA).

Aldermanbury Square. And in particular the recent project at 5 Aldermanbury Square, as featured in Skyscraper News.

Paternoster Square. Redevelopment was completed in 2003. Although it's not to everyone's taste.

One New Change is a shopping centre in The City. Inspired by a Stealth Bomber and designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. It spends most of the time pretending it's not there. 

The Millenium  Bridge. Designed by Foster + Partners and completed in 2000. 

Tate Modern (including the recently completed Tate Modern Extension) and Bankside where a lot of development is taking place.

The view down a very wet Queen Victoria Street on the way to...

...Bloomberg Place. A new development designed by Foster + Partners

No.1 Poultry. Take a look around and see what you think of this postmodern building. 

The Lloyds Building with its insides on the outside (also known as Bowelism). And surroundings...including The Leadenhall Building (otherwise known as The Cheesegrater).

22 Bishopsgate. Building has restarted after coming to a halt 5 years ago...leaving what became known as 'the stump'. 

A video of the Broadgate development at Liverpool Street...the site that I didn't get to.

Back to London Guildhall. Cold, wet and ready for the journey home. A great day though.

More information on the Foundation in the Built Environment is available here.

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