Ben Bowley observes clear themes at Nottingham Trent’s relative new school
While architecture courses at Nottingham Trent are relatively new – the MArch had its first graduating cohort this year – there is a clear theme of global issues being addressed within the locally-based projects. This is underpinned by a maturing research-based approach, allied with a good sense of community and an apparent rejection of ‘starchitecture’ and iconic, form-driven design.
The unit system is not used, with the exception of a single project. The stand-out year is BArch3, whose students demonstrated a robust understanding of the complex issues associated with crafting urban buildings, working with both vacant sites and retrofits. There is a level of consistency and coherence to the work, while maintaining a healthy level of individuality in approach.
The presentation skills showed a welcome departure from the CAD drawings and sketch-ups of previous years, with a greater degree of variety and quality.
Louise Young for her framework for community living that can be adapted and evolved by the inhabitants, illustrated in a refreshing, freehand style drawn with a touch of humour; Matthew Mouncey for his moody and evocative mortuary and crematorium in the Trent basin, intriguingly derived from the investigation of form created through fire and charring.
In a word
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