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The Presidents medals 2001

RUNNERS-UP

David Hall UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN Tutors: Dr Carl O'Coill, Dr Kathleen Watt Destructive Development David Hall's dissertation argues that the concept of progress has led to 'destructive development' in both India and Britain, and that such development can be resisted by architecture and architecturally related activities around the world. Hall focuses on media representations, arguing that resistance in Britain tends to be overlooked by the mainstream media and that, when it is covered, the root causes of protest are ignored and the campaigners represented as a minority. In India, where media channels are not accessible to marginalised groups, discontent is more likely to result in direct action.

The judges described Hall's project as 'a perfect example of a dissertation which moves far away from its home ground yet remains connected to the world of the material and the real. Committed, questioning and engaged.'

ES'Interesting in a very simple bucolic English way. I liked the necessity for resistance over fundamental inequalities. A bright mind'

IB'Very interesting politics on a purely methodological basis'

SC'Refreshing to see something politicised'

NL'Worthy. Really thought through. I rated it very highly'

Chloe Lih Yin Hiyu NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE Tutor: Associate Professor Milton Tan Diagram Works Chloe Lih Yin Hiyu's dissertation examines the activity of diagram-making within a computational framework. It also suggests looking at the process of diagram-making in a multi-dimensional environment, beyond the familiar two- and three-dimensional space.

As the study develops, it goes on to consider the way we understand complex issues of behaviour, design and space, while bringing them all together within a single metanarrative. Lih Yin Hiyu investigates the relations between the main subject - diagrammaking - and two ancillary topics - computational data structure and multidimensionality. The discussion looks at the way variables in diagrams can take on active attributes and form informative relations with one another, to result in dynamic diagrams, and in so doing examines the generative potential of diagrams in the conceptualisation phase of architectural design. In describing this thesis, the judges said: 'As much technical as a cultural enquiry, Lih Yin Hiyu makes a very direct contribution to the theory of architectural design.Calming, professional and comprehensive.'

SC'Intriguing. A genuine attempt to bring ideas together'

IB'Careful, analytic and interesting. An intuitive exercise in understanding'

ES'A critical interpretation narrowed into a single text and exploited. Rigorous and exhaustive'

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