Unit A

Welcome to Unit A blog [University of East London]


'Life on the River Lea'

Link to photographer Sam Napper's work on life along the River Lea...

presentation unit programme 2015-16


architecture & water documentary by AR

Here is a short documentary in three parts by the architectural review, that looks at the London's relationship and opportunities related to water. An introduction to some issues related to the topic.

Unit A 2015-16 : Tottenham Archipelago

This year (2015-16), Unit A will have a closer look at the relationship between Architecture and Water. We will set out to investigate a network of water-landscapes in the Upper Lea valley, that run along the eastern edge of Tottenham, East London.

These man-made landscapes continue to adapt to and serve London in close relation to changing demands of the ever growing population; from historic pastures for agricultural production to the waterways of the early industrialisation, over to facilitating waste and sewage treatment and reservoirs providing up to a quarter of London’s drinking water.

We like the idea of water becoming integral part of a building brief and architectural proposal. Water could be explored as means to reconcile architectural detail with landscape context, local and trans-local conditions and design- with environmental strategy, aiming to develop new forms of hydro-architectural typologies.

We are looking forward to tell you more about this on Market-day, Tuesday 29th September.
(image above: Umlauftank Berlin by Ludwig Leo)