Since 2003, Experimental Practice (EXP) has undertaken a number of ground-breaking initiatives, including the much acclaimed Archigram Archival Project and Superscript Series. Its work is often shown in Ambika P3 and it currently leads the University of Westminster's participation in the Marie Curie funded 'Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training research' (ADAPT-r) international Training Network, a unique and ground breaking research model for creative practice research across a range of design and arts disciplines.
The Supercrit series aims to combine lively and informative student events with international research and criticism at the highest level. The series brings some of the world's greatest architects back into the studio to present one of their most influential projects to a panel of international critics and a studio audience for critical debate, as though they were students presenting their work at a student crit.
L.A.W.u.N: Projects 19 and 20
David Greene of Archigram worked with EXP Research Fellow Samantha Hardingham and a team of collaborators between 2003-8 to produce new projects in Greene's L.A.W.u.N. (Locally Available World unseen Networks) projects which he developed throughout his career, and which challenge the supremacy of the idea of 'built' architecture, with projects recording and proposing networks of 'unseen' technological and personal situations and circumstances.
Experimental Practice (EXP) was instrumental in setting up openstudio, a live online exhibition, teaching and learning tool for the design studios, research groups and other bodies at the Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster. Openstudio creates a network between open access software to allow students, teachers and researchers to share information, images, movies etc. live online. The project was designed and developed by Filip Visnjic and was launched in 2009.
Archigram Archival Project
The Archigram Archival Project made the works of seminal experimental architectural group Archigram available free online for an academic and general audience. The project was funded by a £304,000 grant from the AHRC and was led by Professor Kester Rattenbury (Principal Investigator) with Professor Murray Fraser (co investigator).
The impressive design events initiative Ambika P3, one of London's leading alternative arts venues, is located in the former Engineering Halls underneath the University of Westminster's Marylebone building. It was founded by Professor Katharine Heron in 2007 and directed by her, working with Dr Michael Maziere of Westminster's School of Media Art and Design. The astonishing venue plays host to a range of ambitious art and architectural installations, music performances and events, as well as being available for private hire. It forms a cornerstone of the School of Architecture's commitment to the study and production of experimental work in practice.
Read more on the Ambika P3 exhibitions website
ADAPT-r/ PhD by Practice
The PhD by Practice model invites practicing architects and other eminent design practitioners to make a major contribution to the growing study of how designers work, by developing a PhD on their own practice, analysing, developing, questioning and improving their own work as it is in progress.