3rd Nov 2012 2:00pm-4:00pm
St Thomas's Church, St Thomas Street, Winchelsea, TN36 4EB
Last year Studio 01 from the Architecture BA course proposed that the quiet world of the Ancient Town of Winchelsea, East Sussex, would in 50 years time be suddenly and dramatically urbanised in a variety of ways. These imaginative projects are now on exhibition in Winchelsea itself.
After Old Winchelsea's cataclysmic descent into the sea during aseries of channel storms, Winchelsea was re-founded, because of its strategic importance within the Cinque Port confederation, as a new town in the C13th on the top of a hill overlooking the Romney Marsh. Studio 01 imagined a further set of cataclysms bringing Winchelsea back to its former prosperity, importance and urbanity. The students made proposals for the rebuilding of the long-abandoned western and southern quarters of the the town in the context of rapid urbanisation following rising sea levels driving the population of the surrounding low-lying areas to the higher ground and restoring Winchelsea's natural harbour and connection to the sea. Students made large scale proposals for a variety of scenarios with their final projects focusing on a new major building in the heart of the city they imagined. Their visions of the future draw fully on the past of Winchelsea, but also offer an intriguing mirror on the contemporary town.
Students and staff will be present at the exhibition on the 3rd of November and available to answer questions about the projects. There will be an official closing event that day from 2-4pm with contributions from Roger Neaves, the Mayor of Winchelsea and an alumni of Brighton's Architecture School and Richard Crook, the Diocesan Architect.
General opening times: 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday; 12pm-4pm Sunday
Closing event: 2-4pm, 3rd November, 2012
Admission free of charge.