Month: May 2016

The New Local, Issue 2 – Touches and Impressions

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The second issue of The New Local, a series of events and publications to archive LCF memories in the lead up to the move to Stratford Waterfront, was inspired by a staff member who said that one of the things she loved about London College of Fashion was how elements of the buildings have changed over time with wear and use.

The New Local issue 2 considers the touches and impressions left on the LCF buildings. These details are the result of our daily interactions with the buildings that are both common and specific. Each image selected hints at our daily habits and some may act as individual reminders of their familiarity with the space.

There will be a launch event for staff at the Golden Lane site on 1 June, and there will be more details on this in events bulletins as well as the Need to Know email.

The New Local, Issue 1

Many staff joined us at John Princes Street in December for the first event of The New Local, a series of events and publications to archive LCF memories in the lead up to the move to Stratford Waterfront.

Issue 1 was a photo project documenting every single room across all six sites, and its launch was celebrated with a Pub Quiz. It was amazing to see the sixth floor transformed into a local boozer, complete with horse brasses on the walls, dark wood, wallpaper and tablecloths.

We drank beer and wine, and ate pork scratchings, crisps and nuts, then pitted ourselves against each other on general, fashion, and LCF knowledge for the ultimate pub quiz. Complete with drawing round and ‘Hairdo Zoo,’ the quiz rewarded the winners with a gold staff-pass holders, and the losers with jars of cockles.

Have a look at the quiz below. How many of the answers would you have got?

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The New Local, Issue 2, sees staff come together at Golden Lane on 1 June at 4pm. Watch out for details in your events bulletin, as well as your Need to Know email, every Friday at 10am.

Have a look at some of the talents of our contestants in the drawing round.

New Ways of Working: Evolving Digital Practice at London College of Fashion

One of the areas that London College of Fashion, UAL, is concentrating on in the lead up to our move to Stratford Waterfront is the exploration of digital technologies in teaching and learning practice.

We have set up a Digital Strategies workstream to gather information to inform our digital requirements for our teaching spaces, in collaboration with other working groups and research centres. This work stream is in ‘discovery’ phase and has two current focuses: exploring best practice in other institutions and creating the stage for the exploration of new approaches within LCF.

Sony sponsored the LCFMA16 exhibition in January 2016. Image by AVSLondon

Sony sponsored the LCFMA16 exhibition in January 2016. Image by AVSLondon

An ‘Exemplar’ learning space built in LCF’s Mare Street site over summer 2016 is due to open in the new academic year; it aims to give staff and students access and exposure to an evolving pallet of new Digital learning tools, technologies and pedagogic approaches. Learnings from participating cohorts’ practice and associated Digital competencies will be used to inform the learning environment design and technology brief for Stratford. The work stream builds on LCF’s experience of experimentation at the frontiers of the digital space, through the Digital Anthropology Lab, and on its strong track record in partnering with technology companies.

Interactive walls in use

Interactive walls in use

 

Introduction to 4Fashion: the move to Stratford

By 2022, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London will move to Stratford Waterfront, the new cultural hub at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bringing our six specialist sites under one roof and into one campus.

What we do here is much more than designing clothes. Our work is based on over a century of development and we drive change across an ever evolving global industry. By bringing together our varied disciplines and facilities, this new site, quite literally, gives us space to explore the possibilities of what fashion will become over the next hundred years. As a world leading educator for such a specialist subject, that is what we need to do now.

Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London, Professor Frances Corner

Mission

To shape lives through fashion.
London College of Fashion, UAL, is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education and we have been nurturing creative talent for over a century.
Our move to the Olympic Park gives us the opportunity to redefine what fashion is by connecting our range of disciplines for the first time and under one roof, and to show London and the world what these possibilities look like.

Vision

The College’s rich heritage and international reputation means constant identification of new ways of working, responsiveness to changes in design practice, development of new skills and discovery of new markets.
The design solution for our new building will enable LCF to maintain and exploit our unique brand, culture and connected existence.
We hope to create a growing cultural hub of thousands of students and staff, who will forge relationships with their neighbours in the community, from Newham Council to schools, cultural institutions to local residents. They will create events and hold exhibitions that will inspire, provoke, excite and educate. They will draw even more international attention and attract even more new business eager to tap into the vitality, energy and vision of a new creative centre for London.

Opportunities offered by the move are:

  • Having all of our courses and levels under one roof for the first time, which will create more collaboration
  • Transforming the experience of our students with new modes of teaching and learning
  • Strengthening our role as a business incubator
  • Creating a community
  • Creating opportunities for our staff and students to work with our neighbours at Stratford Waterfront, V&A, UCL and Sadler’s Wells.

The site and the building

The Cultural and Education District on the Olympic Park is split across two sites. Its development is being managed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the Government body with responsibility for delivering an appropriate legacy to the 2012 Olympic Games in East London.

FAQ

Why is the College moving?

Contributing to the Olympic legacy for London and the world, LCF will be part of the development of a cultural and university quarter where we will be working alongside world leading partners including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and UCL. The College has been collaborating with these partners for a few years but this move means lots more opportunity to work together – things like joint research and PhD programmes, joint exhibitions, easier access for our students to the work of our partners.

What opportunities will the move bring?

Contributing to the Olympic legacy for London and the world, LCF will be part of the development of a cultural and university quarter where we will be working alongside world leading partners including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and UCL. The College has been collaborating with these partners for a few years but this move means lots more opportunity to work together – things like joint research and PhD programmes, joint exhibitions, easier access for our students to the work of our partners.

Have you talked to students and staff to find out what they want?

Yes. The College commissioned some research into the future of teaching and learning. This research then informed a series of individual interviews and

workshops with our staff, students, prospective students, alumni and industry.

The themes that emerged around what people wanted to prioritise were:

  • Personalisation
  • Flexibility
  • Visibility
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Externality
  • Community and Social

Is the building design taking into account new teaching technologies – how?

Yes. The IT infrastructure is going to take into account new technologies. We have a dedicated working group set up to explore new technologies and to bring these learnings back to the College as we lead up to the move. This group is working with our Digital Anthropology Lab, who are experimenting with how digital technologies might shape the human experience of the future. The team research new processes and explore best practice in other organisations. Working with technology partners, they then bring this knowledge back into the College to consider how we might work with new approaches to our teaching and learning.

The next stage is testing these new processes, and this will be carried out at an ‘Exemplar’ learning space in our Mare Street site that will be open from Autumn 2016. This space is being designed as an interactive display area, to give everybody access to new tools and technologies, to be able to try them out and to measure what kind of effect there might be on how we interact with students in our learning spaces.

What about sustainability?

Sustainability is a major principle in our approach to the building design, as is green space. It was also a major theme in the work we recently did with Shift Learning, as part of not only the building but teaching and learning practices.

When will the actual moving take place? Will it be over the summer?

We will be moving in to our new home over the summer of 2021 and ready to begin the academic year in Stratford from September 2021.

In order to maintain a smooth transition we are looking at moving any students who we will be teaching over the summer of 2021 into some temporary accommodation, whilst we pack up our existing sites and before we move into the new one. Lessons will be at the new site from September 2021.

What about students who are moving part way through the course?

We will actively work to ensure the quality of the entire student journey does not suffer. There are also distinct advantages to studying with LCF whilst we go through this process, as we are building new relationships with multiple partners and community groups in the area. We are also showcasing student work to potential partners and in ‘Public Engagement Exhibitions’ at the site leading up to the move.

Will there be more opportunity to work with partners and other Colleges?

Absolutely. We are already working with our site partners as well as wider groups in east London and piloting new ways of working together.

Who can I contact with questions about the move?

Please upload your questions in the comments box below and we will try to find the answers for you as soon as possible. Include an email address if you would like us to contact you directly or check back for updates.

 

 

 

 

 

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