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If you can only make it to one student show, make it London Met, says Alex Wright

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Summer Show 2008, 22 June - 3 July at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University, Spring House, 40-44 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL

London Metropolitan can justifiably boast an unusually diverse student population. However, this snippet of information fails to prepare the visitor for the extraordinary diversity of work exhibited in its end of year show.

This diversity is most prominent in the graduate work, where each of the units presents a clearly differentiated identity. The room I found myself spending most time in was that given over to the work of Unit One, tutored by Florian Beigel, Philip Christou and Andy Greig, on the theme of ‘Landscape as City’.

It is perhaps unfair to pick out the work of any one project, as every room offers the visitor something with which to engage, but projects by Alex Gore and Awot Kibrom of Unit One were highlights, as was the Finnforest Pavilion, built at Ecobuild in February by Unit 7 – run by David Grandorge, Peter Karl Becher, Matthew Barnett-Howland and Stefano Ciurlo-Walker.

It seems obvious from this exhibition, the excellent accompanying catalogue and the range of live projects undertaken, that this is a school in rude good health. If you can only visit one exhibition this summer, London Metropolitan’s would be an excellent choice. Whatever your interests, taste, or disposition, there will almost certainly be something at this show that will make your trip to Holloway Road more than worthwhile.

Alex Wright is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath.

Resume: The polluted nature of the Holloway Road hasn’t affected the health of London Met.

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