Colombo, Sri Lanka – Bristol, UK student exchange
We have a wonderful partnership with the City school of Architecture (CSA) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For the first time this year, Students from the Master of Architecture programme had an amazing opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka in November 2018 and work with our partner students on the Masters programme in Colombo, and in return we hosted students from the CSA at UWE in January 2019. This education exchange is a new addition to the existing partnership between the CSA and UWE. The exchange began with an intensive 6 day collaborative workshop November. This phase of the exchange culminated in presentations to Colombo city architects to discuss future masterplanning ideas for the small coastal city of Chillaw. It was a wonderful experience for our students to really get to know a very different cultural setting and therefore prepare them for work in a multicultural context. Proposals included a pearl farm, performance venues and the replanting of Mangroves. Students Theo Scaramanga, Helen Beresford, Oliver Berry, Anupa Puri, William Hicks, Alexandra Wye, Matthew Cox, Chloe Allen and Matthew Tseu were wonderful ambassadors for UWE and helped to make the exchange a great success.
The return workshop visit in January to a cold UK was designed in collaboration with the UWE students to build on the experiences in Sri Lanka. We were keen to introduce an element of hands-on-making to the process. This workshop then asked students to work in groups to design and build performance stands and/or market stalls using waste materials upcycled from UWE’s waste recycling hub. We then travelled to the market town of Stroud to explore how these might work in the reality of a market town. We even managed to arrange snow for them on their last day! We are looking forward to continuing the exchange next year. Many thanks to our Hosts at CSA.