Alice Hewitt – BA (Hons) Architecture

Alice researched and analysed curved architecture that incorporates concrete and steel to create highly expressive and individualistic buildings and urban spaces. She is interested in botanics and the relationship of natural ecosystems to architecture. Alice is a good thinker, maker and designer. She has also authored and designed a children’s book within her PDP document as an extension to her abilities to draw and create beautiful architectural visualisations.

Alice tells us about her experience:

   “For me it started in the second year with the Curiosity Shop project looking at society and the impact architecture can have on people and their social wellbeing and overall happiness. I began looking into public space and also the lack of it, and this pushed me into looking at nature because the public spaces that people often go to for a break or when going out tends to be more natural with trees, grass and water. I have always had a particular interest in nature and felt drawn into it and this has led me to research more in depth that relationship between humans and nature and where it comes from and why it is so important to us.”

Alice’s Research:

The trust of a city street is formed over time from many, many little public sidewalk contacts. It grows out of people stopping by at the bar for a beer, getting advice from the grocer and giving advice to the newsstand man, comparing opinions with other customers at the bakery and nodding hello to the two boys drinking pop on the stoop, hearing about a job from the hardware man and borrowing a dollar from the druggist. Most of it is ostensibly utterly trivial, but the sum is not trivial at all. The sum of such casual, public contact at the local level – most of it fortuitous, most of it associated with errands – is a feeling for the public identity of people, a web of public respect and trust, and a resource in time of personal or neighbourhood need. (Carmona and Tiesdell, 2007, p.143.)

Carmona, M. and Tiesdell, S. (2007). Urban Design Reader. Amsterdam: Architectural Press.