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JACQUES DAHAN

The Divine Comedy Kingston University

Tutors: Patrick Lynch, Alun Jones

'This guy will be someone we'll hear about in the future' David Adjaye This project impressed the judging panel for the way it addressed almost every aspect of a tough and intellectually demanding brief.

'The Divine Comedy'explores the relationship between modern art/technology and postindustrial buildings through the creation of an art gallery in a redundant lens factory in Florence.Although the theoretical and cultural study was implicit throughout the work, the panel would like to have seen more evidence of this in the portfolio, rather than what appeared to be a rush to the design stage.But the resolution of the scheme is commendable.

Throughout the judging process, the panel found that many projects tended to be either overly conceptual and suggestive, or highly resolved.The unfortunate problem with a highly finished building proposal, however, is that an abundance of architectural information leaves the jury better informed and the student more vulnerable to a critique.This is a case in point, so a better balance with the conceptual work would have been welcome.

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