March Mostra/ Meet the architect…Edward Simpson

E Simpson, Stairwell - ICP Housing at Citta Giardino Aniene, 2013

E Simpson, Stairwell – ICP Housing at Citta Giardino Aniene, 2013

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Edward Simpson’s (Rome Prize-Holder in Architecture, October 2013 – March 2014) work in the March Mostra considers housing projects built during the period 1895-1982, and specifically the form and detail of shared and circulation spaces that connect the home to the street.  Central to these studies are the residents’ individual experience of this journey and the spaces within which residents are able to socialize.

Il lavoro di Edward Simpson (Rome Prize-Holder in Architecture, ottobre 2013 – marzo 2014) per March Mostra esamina insediamenti abitativi costruiti nel periodo 1895-1982 e in particolare la forma e il dettaglio degli spazi comuni e di circolazione che collegano casa e strada.  Cruciali per questi studi sono l’esperienza individuale di tali percorsi dei residenti, e gli spazi entro i quali essi possono socializzare.

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BSR Fine Arts March Mostra opens Friday 14 March 2014 18.30. Dates: 15 – 22 March (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30-19.00. Read the press release here or join the Facebook group here.

March Mostra Poster

Rome Prize in Architecture

Edward Simpson is the 2013-14 Rome Prize-winner in Architecture here at the BSR. After reporting on the BSR’s autumn architecture news (BSR News, Winter 2014), Edward shared with us some more personal thoughts about his residency. 

Edward Simpson

Why did you apply for the Rome Prize?  What was it about the BSR that made you want to come to Rome?

When I applied for the Prize I was a practicing architect in London and whilst my formal training was complete, the realities of housing development had triggered specific interests for me that I felt couldn’t be pursued in practice. Some of these issues are in the control of the designer and others are not and knowing which ‘battle to fight’ within the design process isn’t always immediately clear. My main motivation to apply was the potential for spending a period of time in which I could establish my own priorities in order to take them back to practice.

E Simpson, Model – Open Courtyard at Via Galileo Ferraris, Testaccio, 2013

Have your plans remained the same as what you thought you would be doing, or have you followed a bit of a different trajectory than you thought?

Whilst the overall topic has remained the same, my work has become much more focused during the first half of my residency. I began with a number of broad questions relating to new forms of housing, their individual success and the extent to which they changed Italian cities during the twentieth century. However, through spending time in the projects I have developed a specific interest in public and shared spaces within these projects, and in the journey of the individual resident from the street to their own front door. In the December mostra I brought the first stage of this work together in a series of photographic studies of communal areas and a large model of a courtyard in the Testaccio district.

Click here to see Edward’s project website.

E Simpson, Top Floor of Corviale, 2013

E Simpson, Top Floor of Corviale, 2013

What has been the biggest benefit for you about staying at the BSR?

Living in Rome has placed me within a city of extremely varied housing precedents, developed due to a highly particular series of changes in politics and planning law after unification; to be amongst them for this period of time is invaluable. I have also been given the opportunity to live with both artists and academics, each of whom have their own specialities and opinions and I feel that the resulting conversations have strongly affected the way in which I have thought about my work. Perhaps the most significant benefit has been the ability to spend time, whether in reading, visiting, photographing or making. As a result I’m particularly grateful for the way in which the day-to-day organisation of the BSR gives residents the maximum number of hours in the day in which to pursue their own work.

E Simpson, Courtyard Garden at Villaggio Olimpico, 2013

E Simpson, Courtyard Garden at Villaggio Olimpico, 2013

What are your plans for the remainder of the residency?

It is important for me to bring together my studies into a consolidated body of work that can be easily communicated, as I intend to have exhibitions in the UK following my residency. In order to do this I will be visiting many more projects in Rome, but I also hope to travel to Northern Italy to look at workers’ housing in Milan, Ivrea and Genoa. Whilst much of my methodology will remain the same I am hoping to additionally produce a series of detailed drawings that describe the spaces that I’ve found most inspiring and – I hope – a series of films comprising static shots of the communal spaces studied.

Applications for the Rome Prize in Architecture 2014-15 are open until Friday 7 February.  See our website for further details: http://www.bsr.ac.uk/awards/architecture-awards-ii

Meet the architect…Edward Simpson

E Simpson, “Top Floor of the Corviale”, 2013

E Simpson, “Top Floor of the Corviale”, 2013

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Edward Simpson (Rome Prize-Holder in Architecture, October 2013-March 2014) is an architect. He studied at Cambridge University and London Metropolitan University, his Diploma Thesis focusing on public spaces that are formed by housing through proposals for Carpenters Estate in Stratford. Since 2007 he has worked at DSDHA in London.

Edward’s work in Rome considers housing projects built during the period 1895-1982, and specifically the form and detail of shared and circulation spaces that connect the home to the street. Central to these studies are the resident’s individual experience of this journey and the spaces within which residents are able to socialize.

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Edward Simpson (Rome Prize-Holder in Architecture, ottobre 2013-marzo 2014) è architetto. Ha studiato all’Università di Cambridge e alla London Metropolitan University; la sua tesi di diploma era incentrata sugli spazi pubblici formati dalle abitazioni attraverso proposte per il Carpenters Estate a Stratford. Dal 2007 lavora presso DSDHA, Londra.

Il lavoro di Edward a Roma esamina insediamenti abitativi costruiti nel periodo 1895-1982, e in particolare sulla forma e il dettaglio degli spazi comuni e di circolazione che collegano casa e strada. Cruciali per questi studi sono l’esperienza individuale di tali percorsi dei residenti, e gli spazi entro i quali essi possono socializzare.

Friday 13th Invitation

BSR Fine Arts exhibition “Friday 13th”. Opening Friday 13 December 2013 18.30-21.30. Exhibition runs Monday-Saturday 16.30-19.00 until 21 December. Further details here.

“Friday 13th”

Friday 13th Invitation

Contemporary Art & Architecture Exhibition at the BSR. Opening Friday 13 December 2013 18.30-21.30. Exhibition runs Monday-Saturday 16.30-19.00 until 21 December. Further details here.

Proudly introducing the Fine Arts award-holders exhibiting at our December exhibition

Friday 13th

Johann Arens, Rome Fellow in Contemporary Art www.johannarens.com

Marius von Brasch, Abbey Fellow in Painting www.mariusvonbrasch.co.uk

Julia Davis, Australia Council Resident www.juliadavis.com.au

Archie Franks, Sainsbury Scholar in Painting & Sculpture www.re-title.com/artists/archie-franks.asp

Daniele Genadry, Abbey Scholar in Painting www.danielegenadry.com

Ann-Marie James, Derek Hill Foundation Scholar www.annmariejames.co.uk

Edward Simpson, Rome Prize-winner in Architecture http://dense-italy.tumblr.com/