Jane Phillips Award Residency

Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (1971) by Reyner Banham

Drawing influence from the horizontal landscape of Los Angeles and Reyner Banham’s observations of the city, in his book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (1971), my time in this residency begins to explore the horizontal potential of Swansea and any resulting associated feelings.

Following ‘mobility outweighs monumentality’ (Banham, 1971, p. 5) in Los Angeles, my response will focus on the mobility and modularity of architectural forms within the city.


Visiting the Civic Centre, Swansea

Opened in 1982, the Swansea Civic Centre is a Brutalist landmark of the city and has been an influential piece of post-war 20th century architecture on my practice. However, the building faces demolition and is listed by the 20th Century Society as one of the top 10 buildings at risk.

Aside from being a symbolic piece of Brutalist architecture, the Civic Centre has only been standing for 39 years, questioning the length of time the building has been in use, highlighting a possible sustainability concern.

My time in this residency will look towards a future Swansea, and explore a method of repurposing the Civic Centre, utilising the building’s architectural forms, in order to draw attention to this particular example of endangered post-war architecture and consider whether the structure’s monumentality can be altered for modularity and mobility, if demolition becomes inevitable.

Working Drawings

Working drawings exploring methods of modularity and mobility in existing and endangered post-war architecture.

Possible civic routes for the Civic Centre.

Concept animation

Concept animation exploring a possible method of modularity and mobility for the Civic Centre, creating airborne environments, repurposing the existing architectural forms.

Civic platforms

Modular Civic Centre platforms.

Concept collage

Concept collage exploring a method of modularity for the Civic Centre, altering the building’s monumentality for mobility.

Civic platforms become airborne and operate within the above civic level, offering vistas of the landscape and cityscape and explore the horizontal potential of Swansea. 

Digital Residency 2021

Mission Gallery and the Jane Phillips Award are pleased to announce the 2021 Jane Phillips Award Residency for an Art & Design Student at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD. We are proud to be working with our partners at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and keen to shine a light on the high standard of work being produced by students across all disciplines.

Following shortlisting, we are please to announce that the successful recipient as:

Digital Residencies:

23 June – 13 July 2021: Nathan Cartwright

The residency will provide an online space within the Jane Phillips Award website to display and develop work, ideas and research, while offering support and promotion through our networks.

Image: Elevating Spaces by Nathan Cartwright