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Student Showcase Archive

Andy Matthews

MA work

MA work

  • Defining Boundaries

    Defining Boundaries, Andy Matthews 2014

  • Great Yalding - Market Square

    Great Yalding - Market Square

  • Postcard

    Postcard, Andy Matthews 2014

  • Great Yalding - Green Belt Boundary

    Great Yalding - Green Belt Boundary, Andy Matthews 2014

Great Yalding

Can the manipulation of the Metropolitan Green Belt boundary democratise UK food production and provision?

In January 2014, the sleepy village of Yalding on the outer edge of the Metropolitan Green Belt was leaked as one of the sites for a new 'garden city' on the edge of London.

Great Yalding takes this speculative new development as the starting point for an investigation into how our food is farmed and sold. Using a tactic of 'green belt offsetting', a site for Great Yalding is provided on low quality land that happens to be Metropolitan Green Belt, whilst a stretch of currently vulnerable farmland is newly protected. At the boundary of these two conditions, a new market is established which mediates between agricultural production and the new settlement.

Focused on the Market Square, this project aims to interpret contemporary attitudes and and issues in relation to food regarding class, taste and snobbery.



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  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2014



  • Architecture MA Graduate from the Royal College of Art (2014),  concerned with the  social and political agenda of architecture, using a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • Degrees

  • BArch Architecture (Hons), University of Brighton, 2010