Marga Munar Bauza
Research Group: Architectural Science Group
Welsh School of Architecture
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue
I take teaching as a personal learning, experimentation and research process beneficial both for myself and the students. This entails designing and developing teaching methods and tailoring modules aimed at specific outcomes.
In the MA UD the use of precedents has been incorporated as way of learning, exploring and designing - encouraging the students to develop their own critical thinking and understanding of specific issues and enabling a common platform for discussion among students from different cultures and backgrounds.
Architects and urban designers rarely work in isolation and regularly work as part of a team where communication, interaction and social skills can facilitate the development and implementation of a project. Students' feedback shows that most of them are averse to work in groups and they have not had any previous training or guidance about how to do this. Therefore Julie Gwilliam and I are developing workshops aimed at making group work an enjoyable experience, promoting awareness of the importance of each member of the group and helping students find out which role suits each individual best.
My research interest lies in understanding the morphology of the city as a result of many different layers of interventions through time and how economics, specific events and culture has determined the urban fabric and its transformations. I study and explore through design the relationships between the spatiality of a location and the inhabitation and social interaction; how the physicality of a location encourages inhabitation enabling social relations transforming a location into a place and a neighbourhood into a community.
For a long time I have been fascinated with the shifts occurring between the public and private domains in cities. These two domains are sometimes defined in terms of ownership, use, management, appropriation or others. Where the shift occurs a boundary appears. Boundaries are a complex phenomenon that may change, fluctuate, evolve and usually are not fixed. Also, a boundary is not universal in terms of its perception. Each individual perceives a boundary influenced by his/her personal experience, background, preconceptions, culture and so on. Eventually, my research aims to establish a representation system in accordance with the complexity of urban boundaries. This would be based on and influenced by the approaches to the subject of authors such as M Meleau-Ponty, R. Sennet, E. Trķas, M. Heidegger, R. Land, D. Seamon and others. Part of the methodology relies on the understanding and exploration of existing studies of boundaries in the discipline of architecture and the translation of this knowledge into urban boundaries.