Colin Campbell reviews Oxford Brookes’ end-of-year show
The Oxford Brookes degree show decamped from Oxford and a selection of the student work was exhibited in the Clerkenwell Gallery in London. While the show primarily showcases the third-year degree students, it featured all three years of the course including the first year work, which explores methods of describing space creating a foundation for the work to follow.
The second and third year are brought together as a cohort and taught in nine units. Students have to switch units after year two to expose them to differing pedagogic approaches. However there is an overall character to the exhibition, a spirit that unifies the approach of the school. There is an engagement and celebration of the process of the creation of architecture.
There are two standout units and both embody these ideas of fluidity and change. Unit G -Trans:Formation explored the architectural possibilities in areas of rapid environmental change. Unit H - Architecture in a place of Transformation looked at the ‘potential of the interim’ exploring the nature of change in urban communities.
Again, it is difficult to choose one, but two students showed interesting and constructive approaches to the design programmes. Ben Ellis has produced a series of drawings and process models which are both informative and seductive. The series of sequential moment drawings show a real appreciation of space, time and events. Sara Lage used drawings and collages in ways which were both reassuringly traditional yet inventively new.
- Colin Campbell, Hamiltons Architect