Student Shows 2014: Liverpool University
Elizabeth Tollitt reviews Liverpool School of Architecture’s end-of-year show
The signature Stirling Gallery provides only one of the backdrops for the LSA show this year as undergraduate numbers increase. This was disadvantageous to the show making it feel disconnected and difficult to distinguish standout projects.
The BA work was a competent mix of graphics, models and technical ability. The brief tackled inner city housing which led to some repetition despite it being divided into 4 individually themed units. Unit 4 created the most interesting conceptual work but this was sometimes lost in the final stage.
The MArch thesis conducted either singularly or in groups with a self-developed brief brought a diversity of topics concentrating on particular user journey or communities as common themes while still pushing the boundaries to solve worldwide problems such as tidal barriers, homeostatic environments and floating communities.
Standout student & unit
The MArch thesis, A monument to the unknown journey, by Thomas Stoneham, Rachel Maylor and Emma Salter, winner of the Charles Reilly award and President Medal nomination, commemorates the centenary of WW1. Located in Folkstone Harbour – the front door to the trenches – the project explores the idea of educating along an emotional journey conveying the experiences of the millions of troops, nurses and supplies, which passed through. A very poignant piece.
- Elizabeth Tollitt, architectural assistant, Ryder Architecture