Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Student shows 2013: Plymouth University

  • Comment

Mark Pearson reviews Plymouth University’s end of year show

There is a freshness and openness to the work produced by the undergraduate units which is largely untainted by the all-too-common infatuation with the latest imagery from journals. However, it is within the work of the upper MArch where the school’s character clearly emerges.

Standout unit Krzysztof Nawratek’s unit was supported this year by Michelle Adams from Dalhousie University and based on a huge former tractor factory site in the outskirts of Warsaw. The challenge was to find a ‘middle ground’ between industrial/employment uses and residential uses. Individual projects inhabit different parts of the complex, creating intriguing inserted fragments, rather than forming composed buildings in a conventional sense.

Standout students Chris Turner and Daniel Green effortlessly combine food production with smart manufacturing and living, and began with shared contextual research - turning the mapping of power and local territory through time into an intriguing, elegant 3D construction. Both students generate organisations and spaces reminiscent of Cedric Price’s thinking - more ‘structures of possibility’ than buildings. Four weeks of enforced model-making means work has a tectonic spirit and points towards the architect as motivator-enabler, rather than form-giver.

In a word Charged

Mark Pearson, executive director, Regional Design Support, Design Action

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.