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The University of Cambridge

[STUDENT SHOWS 2011] The Cambridge School of Architecture has a focus on materiality and craftsmanship, writes Laura Mark

Students produce a great deal of models and eye-catching drawings. There is a strong emphasis on hand-drawing and illustration. Project topics displayed a high level of concentration and students showed an understanding of people and place within their work.

Third-year topics included raw materials, which focused on designing a new town hall for Ely and a civic building for East Cambridgeshire District Council, settings/settlements, looking at the re-invention of factory garden near the Thames Estuary and a unit exploring the design of skyscrapers. The school’s show was brought to London this year. Held at The Dairy in Bloomsbury,the large industrial space created an impressive raw backdrop to the students’ work.

The exhibition was curated by the students who had been working through the night, preparing for the opening event. An impressive display of skyscraper models hanging from the roof trusses must have created a particular nightmare for the organisers. There were even whispers of a structural engineer being involved. Three separate rooms allowed for work from the three years to be displayed separately, with third-year students’ work most prominent.

Third-year students Greg Storrar and Guy Rochez from the raw materials module had produced particularly striking designs for new civic buildings within Cambridgeshire. Laura Mark

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