Annalaura Nominated for 2018 AJ Student Prize by AUB

— 28 August 2018, posted by Annalaura Fornasier and Jack Lodge


Massive congratulations to Annalaura who's just had her undergraduate project nominated for the new AJ Student Prize 2018. The new award is run in association with Marley Eternit and invites every RIBA-accredited school in the UK to select their top two student projects of the year - one from undergraduate and the other from postgraduate. 

Simon Beeson, Head of Architecture at The Arts University Bournemouth, had the following to say about Annalaura's project:

Annalaura's project reaffirms the notion that the city is not only for commerce but for public culture. A market and cafe frame a square - the piazza - and establish an invitation for civic life; a 'freespace'. Settings for social engagement are represented in emotive vignettes: people browsing the market stalls, mothers chatting over lattes, buskers on the steps, father and son doing homework while waiting for a meal, and a young girl gazing across the market square towards the horizon. 

Project Title: An Agora for Poole

Project Description

The notion of gathering and dwelling, particularly within the public realm, has been investigated through the design of a public piazza and market for the coastal town of Poole. The brief was to deliver a hybrid urban building, with public and private activities, including business and living accommodation, as well as offices for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 

The aim was to produce a proposal that would respond to its context and that would give back two lost civic spaces to the people of Poole - the square and the market - a place that would respect the origins of food and promote local products. The design was inspired by a study of the ancient Greek agora and of the English market cross, with a design process led by the idea of integrating both aesthetic and functional choices. This is a place where conviviality could newly flourish; a structure in harmony with its surroundings and the local policies, in terms of geometric forms, linearity, elevation and sustainability, while ensuring access to people of all ages and abilities. 

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