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The Course of Empire at the Venice Biennale

A project by: Nana Biamah-Ofosu


WE RAISED £19,365

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This project received pledges on Fri 30 Jul 2021
Support Studio 2.2 share their research on the global stage!

Studio 2.2 needs your help to raise £30,000, this will allow architecture students from the department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University the opportunity to self-build the Jamestown Café Pavilion 2021. The pavilion is part of the European Cultural Centres programme of events in Venice during May - November 2021. Students will fly to Venice, and over the course of 10 days partake in the construction and curation of the Jamestown Café Pavilion 2021. For every £1 raised, Kingston University will match your donation up to the value of £5,000, making your contribution go a long way. Please donate below.

Who we are!

We are studio 2.2, a second year architecture studio within the Department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University. The project is also supported by Studio NYALI, a design research partnership co-founded by Nana Biamah-Ofosu and Bushra Mohamed, both Kingston School of Art graduates, who now teach Studio 2.2. The project team also includes 121 Collective, a young and innovative Design Build collective also founded by Kingston School of Art graduates, Pablo Feito Boirac, Salah Krichen Madoka Ellis.

Our Story

The department of Landscape and Architecture at Kingston University has claimed a clear territory over the last 10 years within the UK, of being concerned with continuity in architectural culture as it relates to making, a making which responds sensitively and conscientiously to situation and context. With this in mind, the students have a unique opportunity to partake in the 1:1 making of the Jamestown Café Pavilion at the Marinaressa Gardens, Venice in May 2021. The Pavilion is designed as a translation of a community café and venue with the same name in Accra run by ArchiAfrika, which hosts exhibitions, events and lectures. The pavilion with its spectacular position serves as a gathering place, a point of reference for the various exhibitions and contributions. Studio 2.2 of the Department of Architecture and Landscape of Kingston University, and Studio NYALI, a design research partnership led by Nana Biamah-Ofosu and Bushra Mohamed will present their ongoing research and design teaching on the African compound house as a typology for living together. The pavilion will be a space to share ideas for living together. Like in Jamestown, Old Accra, we will build a space to gather, share and imagine an African future. It will be a place to gather, to exchange cultures and from where to go back for that which we have forgotten how to build well, and live well together.

Where will your contribution go?

Our goal is to raise £30,000 with your help! This will cover the following and help us realise this project: 

Building Materials Equipment - £17,500

Support cost to the European Cultural Commission - £5000

Exhibition and Symposium - £2500

Contribution to flights and accommodation for 15 student volunteers - £5000

Any additional funds raised will go towards further reducing the cost of flights and accommodation for our student volunteers! 

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Find us here:

Website: https://registerarchitecturelandscape.uk/course-of-empire




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Twitter:@studio2_2Download our information pack here to find out more about the project!

Our SUPERSUPPORTERS and CHAMPIONS will receive a limited edition print by Tanaka Mazivanhanga