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Student Shows 2012: University of Liverpool School of Architecture

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Hayley Chivers surveys nuclear waste disposal sites and rehabilitations of Eastern European concentration camps

The undergraduate degree at Liverpool encourages students to undertake a variety of live projects and studio work. Focus rests on social and political issues in urban environments – particularly in Liverpool. Students are allocated a brief and a choice of sites, even in their final year, resulting in a fair standard but little variety.

The MArch is composed of an equal balance of returning and new students. Following on from a written dissertation and individual projects, final-year students gather into small groups to devise a brief they develop through built models and graphics.

Standout unit

Students are not divided into units. The final-year group collaborations represent the school’s intention to embrace studio culture. Projects ranged from nuclear waste disposal sites to rehabilitations of Eastern European concentration camps. Many were epic in scope, with a propensity for Blade Runner skies.

Standout students

BA students Andrew Macintosh and Polina Pencheva; and MArch student Oliver O’Neil, who won awards both individually and in collaboration with Adam John and James Fosbrook.

In a word

Future-facing

Hayley Chivers, Manchester School of Architecture graduate and writer

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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