BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces

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We’re developing and validating a new course, the BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces, to replace the  BA (Hons) Spatial Design. The new course is due to start at London College of Communication in September 2017 (subject to validation).

Click here for more information about the BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces.

 

Fresh Air Square evaluation study

Third year students on the BA (Hons) Spatial Design at the London College of Communication are working with Team London Bridge to carry out an evaluation study of Tooley Street Fresh Air Square.

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Bench and spatial design by WMB Studio

Fresh Air Squares is an initiative by Team London Bridge to insert modular micro-parks (parklets) across the London Bridge area to transform 2 car parking spaces into mini green hubs for a period of one week to a year. The objective is to introduce public green spaces into the streetscape, to improve the local environment by making it more place and people focused, and raise awareness of air quality issues.

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In April 2015 Team London Bridge launched a competition to design the first parklet, located in Tooley Street. The project is run in partnership with Transport For London, King’s College London, CJS Plants and Vauxhall One. The winning design, by WMB Studio, incorporates a striking bench seating, specialised plants species to mitigate air pollution, sustainable urban drainage and an air quality monitoring station.

The BA (Hons) Spatial Design at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) is working in collaboration with team London Bridge to evaluate users’ experience of the Fresh Air Square initiative and how it can inform the provision of future Fresh Air Squares in the area. Students carry out on site primary research to document and evaluate people’s experience of the space. Initial findings show that the design of the parklet is very popular with London Bridge communities.

ReSound project

Year 1 BA Spatial Design students just completed their first live project! They redesigned the interior of the digital space at LCC to enhance the aesthetics while also provide acoustic solutions that enable students and staff using the space to work more comfortably. To help them with the project, we worked with acoustic experts from the South Bank University so this was also a great collaboration between both universities. The results were fantastic and everyone had  a great time!

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Staff and students in the digital space have experienced and noted problems with intelligibility and productivity within the space due to insufficient and inadequate acoustic treatment. The digital space is used every day by students as a space where they can work individually and collaboratively and is therefore central to their experience. So the issue of poor acoustics needed to be addressed, to improve health and safety within the space and enhance wellbeing and productivity for its users.

Acoustics considerations include creating barriers to sound, sound absorption, reflecting sound and diffusing sound. So the designs include free standing acoustic panels, wall panels, ceiling tiles, a ceiling or wall feature that could act as a focal point, infill panels for the meeting pods or even furniture or modifications to existing furniture.

Students benefitted from a lecture and presentation on acoustics, with the client and sound experts from London South Bank University (SBU), on Tuesday 13th January in the Street Lecture Theatre at LCC.

In addition to functional and acoustic considerations, proposed solution took into account the visual impact of the design across the space, materials, sustainability, health and safety, longevity, ease of maintenance and cost.

One of the key aspect of the project was sustainability. The client was looking for innovative solutions using reclaimed or recycled materials that had never before been used to develop acoustic solutions. So this ground breaking project will be used as part of a research project at SBU to develop sustainable solutions in acoustics for interior spaces. Selected designs will be tested at the SBU’s acoustic lab and the most suitable solutions will be implemented within the digital space over the Summer. So students will also be able to see their designs realised and implemented within a real space.

Below are a few examples of design explorations and prototypes

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Spatial Communication 2013 degree show

The Spatial Communication programme degree show private view took place on Tuesday 11th June. The projects on display were fantastic and students were highly praised for the quality of the work and use of creative curation and display solutions. Below are a few images from students across the programme.

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An inspiring symposium organised by Sarah Temple took place at London College of Communication on Friday 21st September. Visit the university sustainability website for more information on the strategy for sustainability and Green Week event, 4th to 10th of March 2013.

Staff and students were invited to this symposium which explores a shared and holistic approach to integrating ethical and sustainable creativity into the curriculum. It reflected on the good practice and current scholarship at LCC, while also considering the exciting potential for development and cross-school collaboration.

 

Valerie Mace’s thoughts on BA Spatial Design

Valerie Mace wrote an interesting blog post about BA Spatial Design. Here is an extract below:

In recent years I have found it increasingly difficult to define myself as an interior designer simply because the nature of my work is so much more complex and ‘undisciplinary’. I can say with certainty that I work with spaces but projects (and clients) today demand highly sophisticated creative practices which straddle ground and relationships between interiors, surfaces, products, graphics, architecture, environment, art, communication, technology and psychology. We are talking about spaces designed for people with all the wonderful complexities that it entails. I believe working in design has never been more exciting.

So this is what I’m experiencing as a practitioner but what about people who are about to embark on a career in design? I’m fortunate as a university lecturer to be working within the dynamic and innovative Spatial Communication programme at London College of Communication. We have been given the opportunity to redesign our portfolio and provide our students with an advanced learning programme that addresses the intricacies of today’s design industries in a stimulating and inspiring style.

read more here: http://www.valeriemace.co.uk/blog0/spatial-design

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BA (Hons) Spatial at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London design focuses on the design of branded, exhibition, environmental and interior spaces. This course responds to the growth in working across disciplines such as interiors, surfaces, products and graphics to provide integrated design solutions for customers and audiences.

While this page is under construction you can find out more about the brand new BA (Hons) Spatial Design on the following pages:

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The full site will be up mid-October. In the meanwhile you can contact the college at info@lcc.arts.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Spatial at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London design focuses on the design of branded, exhibition, environmental and interior spaces. This course responds to the growth in working across disciplines such as interiors, surfaces, products and graphics to provide integrated design solutions for customers and audiences.