Student shows 2013: Oxford Brookes University
Felix Mara reviews Oxford Brookes University’s end of year show
Oxford Brookes is a mature school of architecture that offers a wide, well thought-out choice of study options. The undergraduate school units have some intriguing themes, such as Cultural Geometries or Fuel, usually related to project locations ranging from the rather uninspiring Old Street in London, to the deserted former prison island of Asinara. The postgraduate school builds on its long-standing strengths in urban design and what the school now calls International Architectural Regeneration and Development. It has expanded to include masters courses in many other specialisms.
Standout units Visiting the condensed undergraduate show at Chetwoods Architects in London, the first impression was of a homogeneous, Faustian chiaroscuro world, with antique instruments (part of the Northern Exposure unit) and malfunctioning computer screens that made the place feel like a deserted spaceship. A screen of translucent quadrilateral and pentagonal miniatures of 91 first years’ work filled the front window.
Standout student Alison Lloyd and Michael Siwek’s ‘Paint Dyeing Workshop’, with a striking, billowing slit-fabric enclosure.
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Felix Mara, AJ technical editor