For the fourth successive year, students from the BA (Hons) Architecture course at the Arts University Bournemouth will be hosting an exhibition of their work in Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset from Friday 5 December 2014 – Saturday 17th January 2015.
Informed by a peer reviewed international academic paper written by Channa Vithana and entitled Urbanities Materials and Site makes… Music Architecture Poole from the EAAE/ISUF New Urban Configurations Conference hosted by TU Delft, Netherlands, and published in June 2014, MAP is now within a research-based arena alongside works from notable academics worldwide.
Music Architecture Poole focuses on the engagement of 40 second year Architecture students and their final year Music School Project, which is based on the site opposite the Lighthouse where the old Seldown School previously existed. The projects engage with urban architecture directly from the environment of Poole, where events and buildings within its marina, maritime, medieval and green park histories and what is current, are informed by and wrought into an integrated architectural project that looks at harmonising and opening up public space with the use of a Music School as a focus of culture & learning that neatly compliments the Lighthouse as a venue of performance.
The Music School transpired due to the understanding of learning and teaching music through the needs of acoustics in music practice rooms and small-sized auditoria which then inform the internal spaces and generate out into engaging public space that unites disparate activities & people such as motorists, public transport and pedestrians into cohesive, long-term proposals.
The work also looks at the possible future of and for Poole with issues such as population density, social and economic migrations, and the effect of climate and weather changes to the rise in sea levels that can affect Poole’s harbour and quayside, and into the town itself.
The MAP Exhibition is a continuing venture where the highest quality local industry contributes and forms a unique cultural meeting point at Lighthouse, Poole. The exhibition is assistant curated by five third year students who have liaised with Tekne of Poole, who have supplied plywood and solid timber offcuts to make the frames, exhibition stands and more permanent additions to the MAP exhibition sustainably, with minimal waste; CODA Music Centre in New Milton, which has helped with prototyping space and music-teaching expertise for MAP; ARUP Engineers whose Winchester department specialises in engineering acoustics for arts venues both nationally and globally have contributed an active, empirical input into the student learning, as well as Ramboll in Southampton, who have inputted their structural and environmental engineering expertise, evidenced by the architectural work exhibited in MAP; and Feria Urbanism in Poole, who have contributed to MAP with urban expertise. In 2014 MAP has also benefitted from 250 recyclable cardboard tubes donated by local branches of Carpetright, Westbourne Flooring Company and the Bournemouth Carpet Group as part of its interactive spatial installation.
Channa Vithana, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the AUB commented:
“This year we have engaged with an interactive exhibition with music made specially for MAP and the communication of 3D architectural spaces. You will also see how AUB Architecture has collaborated and actively worked with a developer, an MP, and The National Trust. The work that the AUB Architecture students engage in with Poole as a place, and the Lighthouse as a national arts venue is one of continuing mutual benefit, where each is informed and enriched by the others input. The local based industry that support AUB Architecture are a pleasure to engage with as they allow students to have an actively professionally focus. The MAP Exhibition exists because of high-quality local commitment.”