C.R.A.P: Clashing Rubbish Assembling Props Excerpt

Summer School 2017 – Unit 3 Taught by Sabrina Morreale, AA Dipl2016 & Lorenzo Perri, AA Dipl(Hons) 2016
C.R.A.P: Clashing Rubbish Assembling Props

16 August 2017 Architectural Association, London


During Summer School 2017, Unit 3 investigated KITBASHING, a practice where ready-made pieces taken out of commercial kits are decontextualised in terms of meaning, proportions and materiality, to create a radically new artefact.


Nowadays it is particularly relevant - we live in a moment of constant material, cultural and iconographic surplus. Unit 3 believes that architecture NOW must become a collision among this multitude of fragments, far beyond its disciplinary boundaries. Architects are NOW asked to introduce an unexpected order and unconventional hierarchies.


The unit collected, decomposed and re-assembled pieces of all kinds - industrial waste, domestic garbage or objects bought and dismantled.


In the first week, the students fabricated multiple individual artefacts, creating hybrids between reality, available materials and their fictional ideas. Then, the 12 authors became themselves a KIT, the main fragments for a collective project – a procession through a landscape of objects, highlighting different cultural backgrounds, joined (KITBASHED) into a single coherent narrative.


This vision was eventually materialised into a performative totem, a theatrical table, where the students and their audience gathered together to consume, discuss and assemble architectural ideas.


Unit 3's architectural supper outlined how KITBASHING can be a design approach rather than just a technique. It is a medicine against the flatness of preconceived architectural references, a recipe to clash aesthetics, technologies and ways of thinking which are apparently incompatible.


Credits: Tutors: Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri Students: Eva Castellano Pancorbo, Wai Tim Chow, Joseph Lui, Sylvia Chang, Peiyao Yu, Yuxin Lei, Joseph Lui, Will Tzaikos, Adam de Vere, Hamda Al Murr, Maya Nassif, Nakul Khanna, 


For more information:

Summer School 2017 – Now That's What I Call Architecture 2017

Unit 3: C.R.A.P. Brief

Summer School 2016 – Unit 5: 2 Seconds City


Sabrina Morreale