Skip to main content

Architecture (MA)

ADS9: Aura - A Call for An Open Architecture


The Open is both unbounded and precise. We have become dependent on walls to give us the ability to negotiate and share with others. The idea of Openness rejects this compulsion to familiar forms of division. The Open challenges our reliance on architectural categories of type, context, scale, function and style. The Open is beautiful.

ADS9 investigates architectures of openness - from a shimmering blue Afin to shelter counter-cultural youth in Ibadan, to making ground for daily life by rearticulating what seems to be worthless in the electronic wasteland of Agbogbloshie or shifting coloured vast expanses of solariums in the Cypriot buffer zone to bring together the divided nation. Designing spaces that give distinct forms and spatial qualities to modes of co-existence, this year with a focus on Aura and the use of spatial phenomena to construct space.

ADS9 envisions an architecture in which the barriers between a vast spectrum of scales, material physicality and spatial phenomena, artificiality and ecological matters, architectural presence and the territorial completely dissipates, producing an immaterial architecture where walls and roofs are made from senses, environment, colours, information, energy and spatial perception. For us, these are unseen materials for the construction of a new architectural language.

John Ng, Zsuzsa Peter and James Kwang Ho Chung



Curated by Yves Béhar

New Frontiers

Curated by Edward Enninful

Towards a Digital Placeness

Curated by Es Devlin

RCA2020: One Designer’s View (Part Two)

Curated by Ian Griffiths
ArchitectureAuraCanopyCo-DependentCollectiveColourDomesHawker CentreHong KongInfrastructurePhenomenaPlinthSingaporeSmellTerraceTextilesWind
Show More
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
Royal College of Art
Registered Office: Royal College of Art,
Kensington Gore, South Kensington,
London SW7 2EU
RCA™ Royal College of Art™ are trademarks
of the Royal College of Art