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Student Shows 2012: London Metropolitan University, School of Architecture

Mark Hackett visits the Met’s end of year show and finds a selection well placed to redefine architecture

At a time when the role of what it means to be an architect is being redefined, London Met appears to be very well placed to facilitate this debate in the workings of its unit studios. Craft and honing of skill is well established at the Met; other units seek to directly examine urban divisions and the ethics of space. If architecture is currently dividing along social and ethical stances, choice and positions should be apparent early in one’s training.

Standout unit

There are exquisite analysis drawings and the building of a published research resource in many units: wooden models of Wren’s Churches sit collected in a box (unit 5), and in undergrad a composite group travelog drawing of Nablus has a collective sensitivity (studio 9 UG). Other units explore the high street: in one project a model of Elephant and Castle cleverly stacks history, current proposal and the unit’s alternative.

Diploma Unit 14 for its timely, ‘Edufactory’ analysis of higher education’s role in the knowledge economy and proposals exploring students’ role as consumers.

Standout students

Adam Willis - cast insertions into a ruin - Unit 1

George Gingell - Barbican and London maps by - Unit 5

Drawings by Matthew Farrer – Unit 6

Drawing by Samantha Horn – Studio 9 UG

In a word

Engaged

AJ reviews of every student show in the UK will be published in a special issue of the magazine on 26 July. Students can subscribe to the AJ for just £82.50.

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