There is a growing desire amongst students of architecture to work, either in the UK or in developing countries, in
situations where technical and cultural change is rapid and resources are scarce. At the same time self organizing local
communities have become recognized as the most effective client and interlocutor for generating meaningful debate
on the transformation of their everyday environment. Diploma Studio 6 at the Department of Architecture and Spatial
Design of London Metropolitan University has worked with specifically local, low income and marginalized communities
in Kosovo (2000 + 2001) and India: Gujarat (2002), Meerut (2003), Delhi (2004 +2005) and Agra (2006) to
generate proposals for meaningful change and improvement. This paper seeks to draw out some of the major themes
of debate which have emerged.
Keywords : Architecture, Studio System, Loose Fit Construction, Everyday Narratives, Culture of Making.
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