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Student Shows 2012: Mackintosh School of Architecture, University of Glasgow

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Alan Dunlop’s finds the early years at the Mac bursting with life

Characterise the school’s approach?

It was a pleasure to visit the 1st and 2nd year exhibitions at the Mac. Bursting with life, they are often a great starting point to the end of year show. This year’s well designed exhibition explored light, space, texture and colour through models, drawings and paintings while the second year designed a timber structure and four dwellings. It was a joy.

In comparison, the 3rd year studio was busy enough but the Writer’s Retreat lacked energy. Ubiquitous CGI creep made it difficult to separate one student from another, with Lucinda Eccles’ Tower House the exception.

The “Urban Building” in 4th year is now geared toward introducing Glasgow to the influx of students from overseas. In here was the standout work, Nathan Cunningham’s Glasgow Institute of Photography, a beautifully crafted display of drawings and models of a pared and well considered project.

Fifth year pushed out from Glasgow to Reykjavik, Lisbon and Dublin to capitalise of strong links the school has these three cities. The exhibition is polished, with again plenty of stunning models and slick computer drawings on display. Clearly, Mac students are productive though the work is generally restrained but Natsuka Muto’s Dublin Gallery stood out as both creative and lively. 

Standout unit/s?

Years 1 and 2

Standout student?

Nathan Cunningham, Glasgow Institute of Photography

One word to sum up the school’s work?

Polished 

AJ reviews of every student show in the UK are in AJ26.07.12. Students can subscribe to the AJ for just £82.50.

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