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Student shows 2013: Northumbria University

David Simister reviews Northumbria University’s end of year show

Northumbria’s ethos of contextuality is strongly evident across both the BA and masters programmes, with projects embodying a sense of place and identity. By situating design briefs in the North East, students are able to revisit their sites frequently during the design process, establishing a deeper appreciation of the site and an understanding of the communities for who they are designing.

Standout unit Architecture at Northumbria University is taught in a year-group system. In the final year of the BA a diversity of responses is demonstrated by two project briefs; one for a tight, urban site, and a second in a rural location.

Standout students Justin Chu’s proposal to rehouse the Lindisfarne Gospels on Holy Island utilises the sculptural potential of a former lime kiln to provide unique hostel accommodation for pilgrims. Jon Dennis’ project ‘Reviving the Mysteries of Newcastle’s Quayside’ occupies the back lot of the Live Theatre, a Tyneside institution specialising in new writing and production. Carl Harper’s thesis project is sited in the estuary of the river Tees, on the liminal landscape of eyots formed in the wake of container ships using Teesmouth port.

In a word Outstanding

David Simister, creative director, Aedas Architects

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