RESCALE understands our constructed environment as a material and temporal practice, where new elements are understood as contingent upon that which already exists. We are concerned with continuity, and consider context in social, political, economic and environmental, as well as physical terms, from landscapes and cities to buildings and rooms. Our work is situated within an understanding of place but also within a broader ethical framework, open to the complexity and heterogeneity of contemporary conditions.
We are concerned with how things are made, encompassing and relating a broad spectrum of expertise and understanding, from building science to history and theory. Our new PhD by practice programme provides a place where the work of practitioners who are critically engaged with and significant to the expanded discourse of contemporary architectural practice, can be supported, framed and contextualised.
RESCALE works with a wide range of constituencies, from UK, European and international academic partners, to networks of fellow practitioners, to heritage and preservation organisations, to policy-makers, neighbourhood associations and local residents. Open to the lessons of the past but emphatically concerned with our own time and future need, we are reflective practitioners who both think and do.
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Grounded in the Department of Architecture and Landscape, RESCALE works collaboratively with colleagues throughout Kingston School of Art. The Department of Architecture and Landscape is widely recognised through the award-winning work of its practitioners and students. It is named in Europe's top 50 schools of architecture by internationally renowned design journal DOMUS.