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Student Shows 2014: Dundee School of Architecture

Alan Macdonald reviews the Dundee School of Architecture’s end-of-year show

It is instilled from the beginning of the students’ studies that problem forming is as important as problem solving. Now in its ninth year, the 5th year Masters course has been an evolving conceptual feast, which has resulted this year in challenging yet accessible proposals.

There was a real cohesion in the presentation of the graduates across the four studio units, driven by forensic group research and dissection embodied in the exquisite bound booklets accompanying the individual design propositions. These of composed maturity and realism, explored through large-scale models pitting theory and technology to the materiality of the rendered images. The current procurement review will hopefully allow these talented students to remain and resonate with the increasingly vibrant local professional scene.

Standout unit & student

MacroMicro Unit for its approach to collective housing in the Carse of Gowrie. Provocative and holistic, the projects search for solutions to volume rural housing that are sustainable, affordable and contextual to geographical place. Housing designs for future needs - an important agenda that I hope merits further exploration by students at Dundee. Individual students of note include: Alistair Hudson for his Industrial Architecture & Public Realm building on the Dundee Waterfront Masterplan and Tom Tsapkov and Louise Paterson for their complex Urban Cinema and Language School projects in Porto. Also William Hayward for his Articulated Prop at Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. A brief mention to 2nd year student Hugh Edby for his comical Beano-esque sketch.

  • Alan Macdonald, director, Atelier-M

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