exhibitions & workshops

Over the last years, we have been involved in a series of workshops exploring different cities. The main theme for each workshop has been the Negotiated City, how we live and work together in our dense urban environments.




09_Seoul Biennale 2019

The Collective City

Collaboration between The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London and Hanyang University Erica, Seoul.


Studio Leaders

Sabine Storp, Patrick Weber and So Young Kim

Nowadays in cities around the world, a sharing culture has evolved and has a profound impact on our everyday life, in terms of the ways we live, work, commute, learn, travel, produce food and more. The sharing paradigm, existing already in cities in shared space, human interaction and encounter, and the exchange of goods and services, has expanded to become a necessary part of our lives. Because of increasing online social networks, rapid technological advancements, and sharing economy, the old form of consumption characterized by private interests and individual ownership has changed to a new form that is built on collaboration, cooperation, and community.
Students have been exploring this topic of sharing culture and collaborative consumption in cities like Seoul and its surroundings, and their architectural and urban interventions address these new emerging life styles, which enhance exchange and socialization. From workshops in Seoul and London, they had to experience firsthand how to work collectively and negotiate their ideas in drawings and models. Their insightful research and provocative design proposals reflect how the built environment in cities can improve social cohesion by creating new spaces and building typologies for co-living, co-working, or new infrastructures to facilitate sharing and collaboration.

The students from The Bartlett School of Architecture Design Unit PG 13 have been showing their work from the joint workshop in Seoul with Hanyang University Erica and their final design proposals located in Seoul and London.

Students from Unit UG9 led by Chee-Kit Lai and Jessica Inn have been showing their final proposals for Seoul as well.


Global Studio: Sewoon Hall, 159, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul,


The Bartlett Living Laboratory (www.bartlett-living-laboratory.tumblr.com)

PG13 Instagram (www.instagram.com/bartlettunit13)

UG9 Instagram (www.instagram.com/design.unit9)


08_negotiating SEOUL—the Sharing City P2 2019

Over the course of three days the ideas from our Seoul Workshop were developed further during the second part in London.


07_negotiating SEOUL—the Sharing City P1 2019

The first Bartlett POP-UP workshop in Seoul with Hanyang University.

Over the course of three days, students from the Bartlett Unit 13 and students from the architecture department of Hanyang University worked on a collective drawing exploring ideas of the SHARED CITY taking references from the Mullae Dong Area in Seoul.

The students started looking at generic city elements – pixels, all drawn from memory. Specific observations in Seoul led to conversations of how we share space/resources/energy in a city. These pixels became the building blocks for the Shard City drawing.

Five themes, POCKETS (big&small), SPILLAGE (onto the street and back into the buildings), INFILL (as a way to share leftover spaces), EXTENSIONS (onto the existing architecture of the city) and ALL THE SMALL THINGS (that make a city) were explored as the basis of the shared drawing. Repeated elements, the coexistence of programs in close proximity, the accidental collisions, resulted in a multi-layered and multi-directional drawing exploring the individual themes in separate communities. These communities were then combined to build up a collective city through a collaborative drawing.

Special thanks to So Young Kim from Hanyang University for her help in this collaboration.

The project will be part of an exhibition at the Seoul Architecture Biennale 2019 .


06_(re)negotiating the RURAL—drawing (hi)STORIES 2018

The third Bartlett POP-UP  workshop at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.

Since 1980, 600 million Chinese people have moved into cities, with profound and destabilising consequences for the countryside. Following previous Bartlett pop-up workshops at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou (‘Fragmented City,’ 2016, and ‘Negotiating Heritage,’ 2017), this year’s workshop title (re)negotiating the rural turned its attention from the urban to the rural to provoke and inspire innovative design ideas and methodologies that foster resilience in rural settings. Situated in the context of Xiao Yue, an ancient village in Zhejiang Province, the group of 30 Urban Design students undertook extensive site surveys and design research prior to a series of drawing and making exercises over 10-days aimed at critiquing past narratives and interrogating present conditions that could in turn be used to inform new approaches to inhabiting and invigorating rural settlements. The result was an abstract model of a rural landscape populated by the group’s beautifully-crafted design ideas and proposed interventions.

The workshop was led by: 

Edward Denison and Guang Yu Ren have worked together for nearly two decades researching, writing and teaching about the built environment in diverse settings, including China, Africa and Europe. They won the RIBA Medal for Research in 2016 and 2017 and were shortlisted in 2018. Guang Yu Ren facilitated the workshop and guaranteed the funding from the CAA, but will not be attending in 2018. With the experience of last year’s workshop, Edward Denison, Associate Professor and Director of MAHUE, was able to co-run a design workshop with MAHUE design tutor, Hannah Corlett, for the European Capital of Culture Programme in Kaunas, Lithuania, in June 2018.


Patrick Weber and Sabine Storp – have been working and teaching together for the past 18 years, establishing an Urban design Research Cluster concerning about living in the city and running Unit 13. Together they established the Bartlett Living Laboratory, conducting research into issues around housing, home and communities. Disseminating the work of the Bartlett they run the Living Laboratory Blog, the BartlettKiosk and the Design Kiosk, a Pinterest platform connecting design and architecture ideas with over 170,000 followers. Both also work together in the architectural practice mainly on community and housing projects. Patrick is Associate Professor and Director of Exhibitions. Sabine is also now a design tutor on the MAHUE programme so will not be able to join the workshop this year.




Matthew Lucraft is a graduate from the BSA and has been actively involved with teaching over the last 3 years in a number of guises including a pop-up for the UIA World Congress in Seoul alongside Sabine Storp in 2017 and co-tutoring the Pre-Masters program in 2017-18 with Paolo Zaide. He is now MArch U24’s Practice Tutor and the Technical Tutor for Oxford Brookes Undergraduate Unit J. He has lectured in Romania and Detroit and exhibited work in Denmark and at the European Commission in London. Outside of teaching, Matthew is a freelance architectural designer, illustrator and animator.


and with special help from Xin Zhan @xinzs !


05_Living Bridges—Chongqing 2018

Drawing from narratives to experimental conclusions





In mountainous inland terrain at the confluence of the Yangtse and Jialing rivers with a sub-tropical continental climate – Chongqing is a feisty, energetic, dense and rapidly changing city of 12million people within a wider municipal area of 38million. Chongqing’s riverside crossed by dramatic and iconic bridges which carry the crucial city-wide connections of roads, railways and metro lines. How can they be adapted for the human, how can they be extended as cultural and social components of the city.

在内陆多山地带,位于长江和嘉陵江的交汇处,有着亚热带大陆性气候的重庆是一个活跃的、精力充沛的、密集的并迅速变化的城市.重庆市人口3800万,主城区占有1200万。重庆的河畔上横跨着很多极具标志性的桥梁,这些桥梁上拥有着公路、铁路和地铁线路, 是全市至关重要的连接点。如何能使它们更人性化的使用, 更多文化和社会功能的延伸 ,这也是值得不断思考的问题.



We aim to augment the existing urban network and extend it to develop a living bridge, an urban destination.


We will start by looking at ideas of Living/Green/Working/Cultural/Vertical Bridges from around the world. We will then focus on existing or speculative bridges in Chongqing and speculate on individual conceptual and real design solutions.

我们将以各种形态概念的(如: 生活/生态/工作/文化/垂直)桥梁的想法作为开始。然后我们将把设计重点放在重庆现有桥梁上, 提出相关概念方案和问题解决方法.

We are looking for a new architecture and urbanism that will unlock the potential of bridges.




The workshop is jointly run by Sabine Storp and Patrick Weber from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London and Matthew Priestman from Priestman Architects Hong Kong/Chongqing.

本次工作坊主要运作是由来自伦敦大学巴特莱特建筑学院的Sabine StorpPatrick Weber两位导师以及普林斯曼建筑设计事务所(香港/重庆)的主管Matthew Priestman





04_Negotiating Heritage—Hangzhou 2017

In October 2017, the Bartlett held a thought-provoking workshop entitled ‘Negotiating Heritage’ in Hangzhou, China. The workshop, run by Edward Denison, Sabine Storp and Patrick Weber, focused on the case study of ‘West Lake’, a heritage site situated in urbanised and prosperous East China. The purpose of the project was to challenge conventional notions of heritage and ineffective ‘museum-style’ treatment of sites.

Participating students were divided into five groups to explore the different ways that West Lake is inhabited: residential, commercial, culture, leisure and tourist. The students then investigated how architecture and urban design could be applied as an innovative tool to develop historical urban space. By the end of the workshop, each group had produced a final collective model to show how they had handled the site context and history of their assigned theme.

This project was developed for the China Academy of Art, China.


Ed Denison + Guan Yu Ren

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Sabine Storp + Patrick Weber

StorpWeberArchitects, The Bartlett School of Architecture



Students from the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China.


03_The Negotiated City—Chongqing 2017


Cities are very complex environments. But they are more than just streets and public squares, public buildings and private residences, parks and private gardens, all connected by an ever more complex network of infrastructure. Usually Architects and Urban Designers/Planners introduce grids and patterns to make sense of these chaotic environments.

What we are interested in is a much more bottom-up understanding of the city as a place inhabited by many different groups of people doing a variety of activities. Cities are made up of an almost infinite number of these diverse interactions between ‘users’ and ‘spaces’.

The project looked at how a series of urban narratives could be translated into proposals for a specific site in the Pipa Shan area of Chongqing.

This project was developed for the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China.


Sabine Storp + Patrick Weber

StorpWeberArchitects, The Bartlett School of Architecture


Matthew Priesman

Priestman Architects Hong Kong Chongqing



Students from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing and the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.


02_TOWIE—The Only Way is Essex*

*TOWIE is an acronym for ‘The Only Way is Essex’, a scripted reality television soap opera based in Essex first aired in 2010 now in it’s 18 season on various ITV channels. (NOT mandatory viewing!)

Essex in an English county North-East of London reaching East from the River Lee along the Thames Estuary out to the shores of the North Sea. Even before the reality TV show ‘The Only way is Essex’ (TOWIE) hit the TV screens, Essex has been associated in a negative way with big cars, wild nightclubs, nail bars, the big hair and the fake tans of the glamour models.  These 1,300 square miles territory just East of London usually don’t have the best reputation.

But this has not always been like that. Essex has always been seen as ‘a place where utopias were imagined’ (www.radicalessex.co.uk). In the past it has been the cradle for British Modernism with the company towns of Silber End and the Bata Estate in East Tilbury, the modernist town in Frinton-on-Sea, but as well iconic buildings like the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham-on-Crouch. The whole region was at the forefront of modernist architecture and a testbed for new experimental community models. But apart from these modernist gems the rest of the building stock has been of a very poor quality and the area has suffered from a lack of a coherent planning and a visionary urban design strategy.

The Negotiated City model is exploring how a city can be developed as a collective exercise. Using the site, it’s history, the topography, the cultural and social context as a departure point each member of the design team had to develop their very own personal interpretation of the themes and develop a design proposal based on this research.

This project was developed for the Urban Design group RC11  at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London.


Sabine Storp + Patrick Weber


Xun Dong, David Guerrero Valenzuela, Minjia Hu, Stavros Kotsikas, Jakir Noor, Ashita Parekh, Stephen Pearcy, Eleni Pourdala, Maria Prodromou, Saood Shariff, Federica Terenzi, Eleni Vagianou, Shalhevet Visner, Xiaobing Zhou, Bowen Zuo.


01_City of Fragments 2016—China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Every society, every community on every continent is currently facing the challenge of housing huge masses of displaced people with very limited spatial resources. This has historically resulted in low-quality living environments and seemingly irreversible damage to the heritage and identity of a place. We now face the challenge of not only mediating between these lost histories, but also creating new futures that are worth living in.

Our initial reactions lead us to jump straight into solving this imminent housing crisis, but if we look closer at the mechanics behind a community, it needs the ‘other things’ to make a place work. Schools, shops, parks, sports facilities, museums, theatres, places where children can play, and of course somewhere to get a pint of milk late at night. In the longer term, we should look towards ‘placemaking’ as a tool for sustaining a sense of community within our rapidly developing cities and their outskirts.

Phoenix Hill has been subject to a long line of occupational upheavals – stretching far back to its Imperial beginnings, through various cycles of military occupation and industrial production through to its contemporary use as a high-density residential neighborhood. Each cycle has left its own mark – the most dominant being the archaeological ruins of its imperial soul scattered amongst school playgrounds, factory floors and dense woods.

As the area has become overgrown with flora and informal housing, attempts at regeneration have resulted in inefficient and sporadic sprawl of an incoming ad-hoc community. These new interventions have been unable to follow a regular pattern, a new set geometry. In order to assimilate this, we have to navigate the city through visual clues, narrative explorations and sensitive interventions.

Stage 1: The Observed Fragment

Stage 2: The Viewing Device

Stage 3: City of Fragments

Mark Smout, Patrick Weber, Sandra Youkhana


August 20, 2019