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Student Shows 2012: Dublin Institute of Technology School of Architecture

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Gary Boyd sees a renewed concentration of energies at DIT

Hitherto scattered, the DIT’s school is now in a single building and there is a renewed concentration of energies.

This is apparent in the fifth year, where deliberations on the post-industrial Irish bogland seek to fuse ethics with aesthetics. Shane Morgan’s excellent digital infrastructure project lands clouds of data in an architecture whose forms echo the scale of existing bog industria while harnessing the terrain to service spaces superheated by the information flux. Paul Maher’s steelworks share a similar sense of a sublime uncanny, while Aisling Flanagan’s evocations of linen as object of production, building material, apparatus for performance and representational technique is equally persuasive.

The foundations for this range and depth of enquiry lie in the rest of the school, epitomised by House for a Descendent of Capability Brown by Deepka Abbi in the first year; second-year Jaroslaw Adamczuk’s re-interpretation of the man-shed in Monasterevin; research into the ‘city rooms’ of north Italian medieval town halls and the embedded scalar explorations of third-year Laura Carroll’s Planetarium; and finally, in the smoke, mirrors and Magritte of fourth year Philip Ryan’s Housing.

Standout unit

Fifth year

Standout students

Paul Maher, Shane Morgan, Aisling Flanagan, Deepka Abbi, Jaroslaw Adamczuk, Laura Carroll, Philip Ryan.

In a word

Loaded

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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