KPF Bursary at the bartlett, ucl
Established in 2014, the KPF Bursary at The Bartlett, University College London, assists students in the completion of their architectural studies. Based on excellence and financial needs, the Bursary is awarded to a student entering the March Program in his or her fourth year, and runs for the two years of graduate studies.
The Bursary enables recipients to invest in their research and design outputs (including model fabrication, prototyping, and publications), allowing them to fulfill their full academic potential. The Bursary also reduces the high costs of living and studying in London, supporting UCL’s commitment to wider social inclusion and reflecting KPF’s ethos of openness and diversity.
An Alternative Civic Archetype
Amidst increasing discourse on the centrality of the public referendum to a participatory model of democracy, the proposal considers the streets of the City of London an alternative political stage.
A field of objects distributed throughout the City – a taxonomy of civic elements – are paraded slowly through the streets, accumulating within structures at junctions to form localised municipalities. Podiums, steps, arches and acoustic mirrors are continually disassembled and reconfigured to choreograph debates, demonstrations, processions and protests. Familiar symbols of municipal architecture momentarily find coherent compositions to facilitate periodic public assemblies, before being shifted once again through contradictory arrangements. A destabilised spatial condition engenders a political process that must find new and interpretive modes of occupation. Stone monoliths are mobilised by crowds, and apparently mobile elements are fixed in position; a subversion of perceived hierarchies that resists predictable, ceremonial patterns of use.
Through its diffuse occupation of the City and fragmentary construction, the new municipality aspires to draw out the Theatre of Politics – a performance in which active agents and audience defy distinction, and the lines between stage, scene and city are blurred.