MA Narrative Environments

Projects

Tara Corovic awarded the The Steve Lumby Drawing Prize.

A graphic assemblage illustration from the Walking Brunel Project

Congratulations to graduating MA Narrative Environments student Tara Corovic on winning the Steve Lumby Drawing Prize, sponsored by Event Communications ltd. Her winning project, Borderless Museums, reconceives exhibition design by encouraging local museums to take the stories held within their walls out into the surrounding area. Rather than the local community having to come to

Numberfit Role Models Projects

an apple computer screen showing six individuals in circular frames on a coloured background

MA Narrative Environments students produced a series of six fascinating proposals for Numberfit, a social enterprise that helps teachers and parents deliver novel mathematics activities with movement and mindfulness, to benefit every child. Numberfit invited inspirational individuals working in STEM professions to act as ‘role models’ in order to challenge dominant white, male stereotypes of mathematicians.

In Practice with graduate Arif R Wahid

black and white portrait of man wearing glasses within a circular green frame.

Following lecturer and researcher Arif R Wahid’s captivating presentation at the MA Narrative Environments alumni event last month, we caught up with him in more depth about his inspiring post-disaster school design project in Indonesia, the global issues designers are responding to and a few words of advice for our students and fellow graduates. What

Festival of Joy with the William Morris Gallery.

Poster illustrations in pink, red, blue and yellow abstract shapes with black text.

The home of William Morris is now a gallery, nestled in parkland in Walthamstow, East London.  Morris was the iconic leader of the nineteenth-century British Arts and Crafts movement. The Gallery tells the story of his life as designer, poet and activist.  Like museums across the world COVID-19 has restricted access to the William Morris Gallery because

A ‘Portal’ Pavilion for The British Library.

an illustration of a circular building in a square with people entering it

MA Narrative Environments students proposed a project to design a novel installation for the piazza of the British Library which normally functions as a thoroughfare, a place to congregate for users, staff and passers-by.  The multi-disciplinary student team worked closely with the BAME Staff Network at the Library, and gathered the views of a range of staff

Dreambase: a parklet design for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

illustration of an installation in street with figures approaching it and sitting in it.

“Dreambase” is the second of two proposals developed by MA Narrative Environments students for a parklet outside Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).  Due to its size, GOSH is a dominant presence in its local neighbourhood. This parklet aims to ease stakeholder tensions and integrate the institution with the diverse local community by creating an inviting

A Peter Pan inspired parklet.

illustration of an acorn and thimble in an installation

MA Narrative Environments students have created a design proposal for a Great Ormond Street Hospital Parklet. The design aims to integrate and unify the hospital with its local community by creating a more permeable threshold between the hospital and the street, generating a healthier street environment, and enhancing the opportunity for connections within the community. In researching

Alumni Anna Horváth exhibits latest collection with Initio Fine Arts.

MA Narrative Environments alumni and Hungarian designer Anna Horváth (AHA Objects) exhibited her latest collection of objects with Initio Fine Arts at Cromwell Place, in October. Anna’s strictly geometric, yet refreshingly playful works were showcased alongside the French architect and designer, Reda Amalou’s (RAD) elegant and organic creations. Through the exploration of contrasting materials and

‘Rooting Failure’ at the Bloomsbury Festival

Recent graduates Paolo Di Gennaro and Sara Coppa’s award winning final project ‘Rooting Failure’ was included in the Bloomsbury Festival as an installation in the Crypt Gallery. Thoughtfully curated throughout the rooms and hallways of the Crypt Gallery, Rooting Failure takes the form of an interactive installation that challenges dominant understandings of failure through an

‘Motherland to Fatherland’ is the Spatial Practices Cultural Equity Award winner!

‘Motherland to Fatherland’ is the Spatial Practices Cultural Equity Award winning project by MA Narrative Environments graduating student Shrutika Jain. The Spatial Cultural Equity Award is given to student projects that embody values, policies and practices that ensure that all people are represented in the development of spatial practice. Motherland to Fatherland’ is an exhibition

‘Rooting Failure’ wins Spatial Practice Prize.

The project takes the form of an interactive installation challenging dominant understandings of failure through an immersive and contemplative route prompting participants to interact with one another by entangling threads, enabling the audience to explore the emotions related to the conditions of failing in different aspects of life in order to share renewed perspectives.  The overall

MAMA 3.0 : a collaboration with Arup Foresight.

MA Narrative Environments 1st year students worked with Arup Foresight to explore the Future of Factories, using foresight tools and methodologies to imagine different future scenarios. This projects transports us to 2040, where extreme climate changes have forced mankind to be more resourceful. To aid existence in an increasingly polluted, over-populated world short on natural

Brompton City: Brompton Bicycles in 2040.

ARUP Foresight teamed up with MANE 1st year students to explore the manufacturing opportunities and challenges facing the classic British bicycle company ‘Brompton’, as part of the forecasting series ‘ The Future of the Factory’. The resulting scenario saw the Brompton Bicycles company benefit from unexpected exponential growth, becoming a powerful influence due to bicycles

Work in Progress: focus on displays.

Following on from the Work in Progress Show Private View, here are some images focusing on the displays created by the MA Narrative Environments 2nd year students to showcase their major projects. The juxtaposition of the displays in the show highlighted the breadth of themes and stories being developed by the students in their work.

Charles Was Here: An AR Journey for the Dickens Museum.

Addressing issues of social injustice present in our society today as they were in Charles Dickens’ time, first year MA Narrative Environments developed an Augmented Reality journey for the Dickens Museum. In collaboration with Holborn Media Arts club, the students imagined five short stories, each one linked to five different locations chosen from the Dickens topography;

Museum of London: The Food Market.

Creating human connection in the food shopping experience… In preparation for the move from Barbican to Smithfield Market, the Museum of London has set up the Talking Points Gallery. They commissioned MA NE 1st year students, in collaboration with St Lukes Community Centre, to design an experimental, visitor friendly, provocative and participatory installation about food. The team

Smyle: Say Hello!

Smyle is a well-established creative agency with offices in Islington. Passionate about fusing technology with creativity, they partnered with first year MA NE students to imagine a socially engaged holiday installation in the Smyle windows and lobby. The students created an interactive “Wave Chain” installation to counter loneliness in Islington, which is nationally ranked as the borough

Living Space exhibition at the European Space Agency

Living Space is an interactive exhibition and immersive tour of the European Space Agency’s core explorations, past, present and future, designed by MA Narrative Environments 2nd Year Students, in collaboration with  from Southbank University and  The Erasmus Centre at the European Space Agency. The refreshed tour moves away from a microgravity-centred narrative in favour of

Showcase at the British Embassy, Berlin

MA Narrative Environments graduates Tom Butler, Lea Nagano, Yewon Shim, Julie Howell and Nele Voss re-united to created a temporary exhibition of work that has resulted from collaborations between British and German universities, at the British Embassy in Berlin. They showcased 11 projects ranging from the latest research in prostate cancer to augmented reality ‘

2040: Future Healthcare Ecosystem – Dispersed and Reactive

ARUP and MA Narrative Environment 1st year students put their heads together to imagine a Healthcare Ecosystem in 2040 through a dispersed and reactive lens, that would function within an environment where automation has changed the world and once complex problems could easily be solved by AI and robots. In order to avoid an economic

2040: The Future Healthcare Ecosystem – Preventative and Dispersed.

MA Narrative Environments students collaborated with ARUP to imagine a healthcare ecosystem, after the NHS has been privatised, that is preventative and dispersed. In this scenario, the privatisation of the NHS has caused people to become increasingly aware of preventative healthcare as a way to reduce their healthcare costs. In large cities like London, investment

Super/Power Market at the British Museum

The exhibition ‘Food as a Weapon: the Hunger for Power’ at the British Museum in London explores how food production and distribution are related to power, exploitation and control of natural resources. Today, hunger and malnutrition are still major health risks in some parts of the world, with social inequalities acting as a major barrier to

Maiden Lane Estate: Dancing in Gold!

Tackling social issues partly caused by the isolated location of the Maiden Lane Estate, Year 1 Narrative Environments students worked with local residents to create a proposal that activates empty public spaces around the estate to encourage interaction, promote cultural exchange and create platform for creative expression. The students staged an interview on the rooftop

Re-design for UCLH Children’s and Young Adults A & E

The University College Hospital London Childrens and Young Adults A+E department is seeking to make their services truly patient-focused and to create an age-appropriate environment that provides a welcoming, uplifting atmosphere that alleviates the anxieties of patients and their carers when visiting the A+E. In response, the MA Narrative Environments students developed a proposal to

Find Oliver! An interactive trail for the Dickens Museum.

Find Oliver! Is a 30 minute trail using street lamp posts to disseminate visual and audio clues that incrementally share Oliver Twist’s story, imagined by first year MA Narrative Environment students for the Dickens Museum. The trail covers commercial and residential hotspots, engaging residents, students, workers and local shoppers. The lamp post installations bring awareness

Graduate Lea Nagano’s work with Squintopera for the new Endeavour Galleries at the National Maritime Museum

a blue screen with the words polar worlds in a grey modern room

Graduate Lea Nagano worked with Squintopera over the last year to direct five audio-visual media installations for the new permanent ‘Endeavour Galleries’ at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. “It was a very exciting and rich project that is now brilliantly staged within the beautiful exhibition design done by Casson Mann. I feel honoured to be part of

Graduates Rhiannon Williams, Cruz Maria Vallespir and Erica Jensen featured in Creative Unions Show at the Lethaby Gallery

Three of our recent graduates are showing work in the Creative Unions exhibition at the Lethaby Gallery in King’s Cross from 25 September – 27 October 2018. Showcasing the work of Central Saint Martins graduating students whose practice addresses our current socio-political climate, Creative Unions explores how design can further public debate and become an active

Daily tous les jours create a public lab for the future of urban life.

MANE alumni Melissa Mongiat’s studio, Daily Tous Les Jours, has collaborated with Sidewalk Labs recently to create a public lab for the future of urban life. The design transformed the ground floor of 307, Sidewalk Lab’s first experimental  workspace in Toronto, into an interactive space that engages local inhabitants in conversation through games, a generative

Campus of the Future – with ARUP Foresight

Rising automation, digital learning and changing student expectations coupled with demand for life long education are shaping how, where and what we learn.  – Arup Foresight.   Following a collaboration with MA NE students to visualise the future of higher education learning environments, Arup Foresight have published a Future Campus Report exploring the major trends shaping

Knowledge Forest / Chi No Mori by MA NE graduate Yuka Kawamoto

Tokyo based MA NE graduate Yuka Kawamoto created an 8 m tall Knowledge Forest / Chi No Mori installation inspired by books and knowledge maps, in Toyama Library. The Knowledge Forest [知の森 – chi no mori] is an interactive design installation which acts as a metaphorical Tree of Knowledge, allowing participants to share their favourite

Knight Frank Award Winner 2018

Big congratulations to Rhiannon Williams who won 2018 Spatial Practices Prizes sponsored by Knight Frank for her MA NE final project Fracture Edit. The other prize winners included  MA Architecture students Louis Lupien, Billy Adams and Freddie Wiltshire. We are also proud of Spatial Practices prize nominees MA NE students Erica Corina Jensen and Ankita

Café Odyssey at the London Festival of Architecture

Café Odyssey is a pop-up coffee shop with a difference set up by 2nd Year MA NE student Ronnie Chou. The Peckham based pop-up café offers free coffee with a specially designed receipt – a map showing local shops and organisations that contribute to the contested narrative of gentrification in and around Southwark. The aim of

Macedonia Field Trip: New Narratives for Skopje

In early May, MA NE 1st years took a field trip to Macedonia for a week to research and envision new narratives for the capital city Skopje. Macedonia is consolidating its identity, having gained independence from former Yugoslavia in 1991. In an effort to establish a distinctive national character in the capital, the current government introduced

London 2038: how will technological convergence change the places we live in?

A collaboration between MA Narrative Environments, Central Saint Martins, UAL and ARUP Foresight and Innovation. MA Narrative Environments joined up with Arup Foresight, who specialise in identifying trends shaping the future of the built environment, to imagine how technological convergence could change London. Arup’s contribution to the London cityscape over the past 70 years can

MANE student Rhiannon Williams and Feminist Internet featured in Trebuchet Magazine

Feminist Internet is a future-focused collective made up of  16 multi-disciplinary artists and designers, including MANE 2nd Year student Rhiannon Williams, who aim to create an equal and just internet for all. A UAL project, the Feminist Internet originated from a 10 day intensive studio session to re-imagine the internet in a way that does

Story shapes – Parklife with the Furtherfield Gallery

MANE 1st Year Team members  Layan Al Saud – Architecture and Urban Planning, Project Managment Mateusz Gidaszewski – Art, Design, Project Managment Yiyao Lai – Spatial Design Yu Sun – Product Design Homepage …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………   The four Storyshapes projects partner Year 1 MANE students with clients to explore the process and possibilities of ‘narrative environments’. The