the space of emptiness In 1946 the writer Camilo Jose Cela set out early one summer morning, with his backpack, canteen and boots from his apartment in Madrid for the region of the Alcarria, a region characterized by Cela as “very beautiful” yet “a region which people apparently have no desire to visit”. Cela walked […]


the politics of water Continuing an interest in the politics of water and landscapes in transition, diploma3 travelled to India this year to develop projects for the Narmada Valley, a valley in central India just over 300 kilometers north of Mumbai. The people of this valley are losing their land and their livelihood due to the Narmada […]


imperfection diploma3 shifted its emphasis this year, from the more contextual strategic work of past years to an exploration of the art of building and a continued pursuit towards the idea that a strong sense of materiality can give meaning in architecture. Much of the work of this year has revolved around the concepts of insertion, […]


between presence and absence Erasure is never merely a matter of making things disappear: there is always some detritus strewn about in the aftermath, some bruising to the surface from which word or image has been removed, some reminder of the violence done to make the world look new again. Whether rubbed away, crossed out […]


fragility diploma3 this year revolved around the theme of fragility and the ambition of achieving poignant and materially evocative spaces through a careful positioning of a responsive architecture within, adjacent or around existing structure; the unit’s intention, as always, in trying to attain an eloquence and clarity between idea and the tectonics of our architecture. The […]


the spirit level It is perhaps only when a work joins as of nature with another work whose origin is other, whose intention is other, that a single impulse turns into an observable tide, and changes our view of the present. Peter Smithson on the work of Lewerentz and Pikionis, The Silent Architects 1988 diploma3 continued […]