Project 3: Treasure


“It was a strange collection …but so much larger and so much more varied that I think I never had more pleasure than in sorting them. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, …  strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider’s web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck …they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out”  “Treasure Island” Robert Louis Stevenson

The focus of the  “Treasure” making project is a portable hand-luggage-size component developed from the “Migration Market” project at the interface of the exchange.  The “Treasure” component will be tailored to the participants, exchange, essential technical characteristics, and provide a further reading of “Origin” through the choice of materials, techniques of manufacture, and proposed use.  The “Treasure” will be a vehicle to test and explore your ideas at 1:1, working at first through scale models and drawings, then through fragments and test pieces, working towards a full-scale finally crafting a well-honed finished component.



The “Treasure” is a prototypical component free of a specific site, but it’s design will draw on both the “Migration Market” site in Brixton and it’s the cultural equivalent to be found on the Field Trip in Andalusia: Imagine your Migration Market project re-deployed in Granada, Cordoba or Seville, re-tuned to address the local communities, participants, traditions, environment and needs, and crafted with the available materials and skills.



Yr3 students will work independently, while yr2 students will be in small groups of 3-4, to analyse, define, design, research, and document the proposal and experience from first inspiration to final iteration.  Groups will produce shared models, drawings, images and process work, but the final drawings and presentation in the portfolio will be individual, acknowledging the author of each shared element.


You will test and explore your “Treasure” proposals and prototypes in Spain and Brixton, starting by gathering a collection of possible materials and techniques, and then making an initial sketch model to be presented on the final day in Spain.


  • Drawing on your “Migration Market” proposals, define the “Treasure” component, the exchange, the participants, scale, and purpose.
  • Yr2 groups will be given the typology of the shared “Treasure” component (Vessel, Skin, Platform, Mechanism) drawing on the diverse qualities of each group members’ “Migration Market” to define the nature and requirements of the component.


  • Explore the adjustment of the “Migration Market” exchange to embrace and respond to it’s migration to Andalusia and return to Brixton
  • Gather a collection of appropriate material samples, and techniques found in Andalusia, explore, interrogate and document their “Origin”
  • Survey, research, record and thoroughly interrogate both the London and Spanish physical and cultural contexts: seasonal changes, resources, orientation, light, landscape, soundscape, traditions, history, skills, techniques, and associations, and explore how these can be woven into your “Treasure” proposals
  • Explore, experiment and test your ideas at 1:1 against your conceptual, spatial, and cultural agenda and program requirements to develop each next iteration
  • Explore appropriate materials, methods of fabrication, tools, environmental constraints and cues and drawing on appropriate precedents to inform your proposal.


  • The “Treasure” is a test-bed for design and technology exploration:
  • For yr2 “Treasure” is the “Tectonic Project” for the U30020 Technology module; with the final component and documentation assessed at the Christmas Cross-Crits
  • For yr3 “Treasure” is a forum to develop Advanced Technology, exploring materials, details, and techniques critical to the 1:20 3d-drawing assessed at the Christmas Cross-Crits



Use any media, material or technique that is appropriate to best explore, test and communicate your ideas, documenting the project in approx. 10no. A1 (or equiv) Hybrid Sheets + 10no. A1 (or equiv) Process and Testing sheets, integrating constructed, drawn, rendered, precedent and photographic elements on each sheet.


Intro: 13th Nov wk8

Sketch-Model Review: 21st Nov wk9 (Spain)

Final Review: Portfolio Cross-Crits:   Yr2 – 11th Dec wk12      Yr3 -14th Dec wk12

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Yr2 Groups:

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