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Student Shows 2012: University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

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Merlin Fulcher visits the only university named on London’s Olympic bid and finds an array of ambitious regeneration projects

Architectural study at the University of East London retains a strong focus on materiality, collaborative learning and digital exploration. Located close to the London 2012 Olympic Park, the school – which was the only university named on the capital’s 2005 Olympic bid – has harnessed the experience of large scale transformation taking place on its doorstep to explore ambitious regeneration proposals across the world and the UK.

Highlights include diploma unit 3’s armoury of soulful interventions for the respective French and Spanish rail freight transfer border towns of Cerbère and Portbou and diploma unit 11’s inspiring ‘mutualism’ studies comparing HS2 to the Olympics.

In the undergraduate school, degree unit G’s thoughtful tributes to east London’s urban wilderness offer compelling insights into future regeneration possibilities. Degree unit A’s proposals for high streets in Reykjavik are analytically skilful and seductive in their Ravilious-like appearance. The live project for Ecobuild and degree unit C’s large-scale brick prototypes create a strong impression of the school’s unique offering on the UK stage.

Standout unit

Diploma unit 10 for its sensitive exploration of Poole Harbour and gritty futuristic amalgamations of ship building technology and architecture.

Standout student

Sam Rose of diploma unit 9 for his ‘RIBA east’ proposal to transform the RIBA into a creative hub relocated to east London where its ‘archive towers’ can boost local regeneration.

In a word

Prolific

AJ reviews of every student show in the UK will be published in a special issue of the magazine on 26 July. Students can subscribe to the AJ for just £82.50.

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  • That second picture is a piece of beauty. Poise, commitment and determination of the highest level on show for all to see.

    Any young architects watching should take note - fantastic first touch and great spatial awareness coupled with great drive and controlled aggression.

    Not since the playing of harps by Angels at the gates of St Peter have I seen strings pulled so emphatically in the midfield.

    The boy has a bright future.

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