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Samskara, Made in India © 2014 Anshika Varma


AA London

Technical Tutor
Architectural Association (AA)

London, UK


Courses taught: Diploma Unit 9

With Unit Masters: Elena Barthel and Andrew Freear

Hooke Park had legendary structures designed by Frei Otto to look into innovations using round wood from forest thinnings, a neglected but sustainable resource. The relationship between form and materiality in architecture was explored including hands-on workshops.
An approach where construction confronts representation and expresses architecture through physical architectural means. “Thinking with the hands,” leading to a fusion between of design concepts, structural design and choice of building technology, three important subjects that commonly have been handled as separate issues.
The building of the winning student project in 1:1 scale, an environmental watch tower for children in a botanical garden. Interior of environmental watch tower designed and built by students of the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London.