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Student Shows 2012: University of Nottingham Department of Architecture

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Laura Mark sees improvement at Nottingham

Nottingham’s show has improved upon last year. Less work was on display than in 2011, making it seem less daunting. However, it was spread out somewhat awkwardly and this made visitor movement through the show a little disjointed.

The work displayed was of a high standard with a good selection of well-made models. Projects were particularly focused on buildings and structures. Reuse and refurbishment was often considered alongside the locality of source materials.

The school has a strong focus on construction and materiality. It was encouraging to see a high level of technical information. The style of work and its visual representation differed strongly between units.

Standout unit

Students choose their own units and this can be highly competitive. It is evident from the work produced that the units are taught in very different ways, with increasingly differing styles.

The standout unit was Unit 5. Entitled ‘Edgelands’, this unit focused on how contemporary architecture should respond to fragments and traces of historical legacy.

It included projects in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Bath and Stoke-on-Trent.

Standout students

Undergraduate James Wright broke from the muted colours used by his classmates to produce some eye-catching, colourful images. His large hand-drawings were fantastically bizarre.

In a word

Miscellaneous

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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