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This is Suburbia

Part 2 Project 2005
Luke Cooper
Ryan McCrudden
Tom Waddicor
University of Liverpool Liverpool UK
So far, suburbia has been an unexplored area during our architectural education, despite the fact that most of our lives have been spent in it. We have used the thesis as an opportunity to debate suburbia from many standpoints, challenging our preconceptions of the city and architecture as a whole. We now accept suburbia as an integral part of the city. Our work this year suggests to us that the suburbs are capable of driving an architectural project to the same extent as any urban site. We believe it has potential and undeniable significance.
Luke Cooper
Ryan McCrudden
Tom Waddicor


Coming from suburban homes they became fascinated by Queens Drive, Liverpool’s ring road completed in the 1920s. Approaching the design with a degree of subtle irony they sought sites which allowed them to explore their own feelings about the suburbs of their youth and the characteristic forms which arterial roads have generated. They settled on three functions, a church, a parking garage and a superstore which they then located on sites such that each building could be seen from Queens Drive while driving. Each building was then drawn in a caricatured fashion. The shadow of Venturi hangs overall.

2005
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