Johnny Rodger reviews the Edinburgh School of Architecture’s end of year show
The design and research work in the masters units at Edinburgh is developing a real maturity. The New Spatial Practices unit compares Japan and Scotland, and Alice O’Donnell’s investigation of design and citizenship in Muirhead is particularly interesting. Another unit explores a global condition: namely 60 Degrees North, in its own light, temperature, people, materials, structures and landscapes. Ross Aitchison’s masterly project here suffuses drawings with a certain luminosity. The unit on Córdoba works out a rigorous approach to design through type, but carefully avoids the sclerosis of the Beaux Arts. Delightfully provocative models test the waters, and Barnaby Ghaui’s Sturgeon Hatchery and Joseph Price’s Paper House are strong and confident.
Standout unit ‘The Loving Metropolitan Landscape’ unit. Designing for Sardinian sites, students work out a poetic understanding of the place and elaborate that through architectural agency. Thus Weifeng Kong’s deliberations on the scythe’s sweep through reeds as a human dimension, and Angel Hsiao’s mapping of gesture, fingering out through the terrain.
Standout students Best student, not just for his investigations into the materiality and sonic aspects of place, but for his fine detailed models and drawings, is Neil Cunning.
In a word: Prolifecology
Johnny Rodger, reader in urban literature at Glasgow School of Art