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Subterranean Specimen Rig Oxford Brookes University

Tutors: Simon Herron, Susanna Isa

This project impressed the judging panel for single-handedly inventing a new architectural language.Using the notion that the appearance of the landscape reveals little of its material nature, this student developed a set of startling images to explore landscape as a collection of splintered topologies and unseen narratives.The panel was impressed by the original research that underpinned the work, and was beguiled by the presentation of a new way of seeing the commonplace.Moreover, the enquiring mind that underpinned this project seemed to lead to some genuinely unexpected turns of event, rather than using research to underline a preconceived outcome.The power of the drawing was key to understanding this scheme, which was variously described as 'amazing', 'powerful'and 'rich'.There was even a view that the scheme, for a 'subterranean specimen rig'situated in the Lea Valley, was better than many of the Part 2 projects under review.

'Amazing drawings. For me the geological study, the stratification, is particularly powerful' David Adjaye

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