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Student Shows 2014: The Mackintosh School of Architecture

Alan Dunlop reviews The Mac’s end-of-year show

The Stage 1 and Stage 2 studios are not as exuberant as they have been in previous years, but are nevertheless lively. Both focused on core skills, with many drawings and beautifully executed models investigating the idea of “Place”, from a shower room to an events space and analysis in section and plan of exemplar projects, including Rem Koolhaas’ Glasgow Maggie’s Centre and Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea. Disappointingly Stage 3, placed less emphasis on hand drawing this year but the Town and Building studies program produced some sensitive design work and excellent models, most notably Jack Baker’s Herbarium.

Stage 4 produced the most rigorous and interesting investigative work, concentrating on eight principal areas of Glasgow with ideas for new housing and urban buildings, displayed in an excellent travelling exhibition and some exceptional models and atmospheric hand drawings, particularly those by Chris Dove.

A thorough investigation of a city was undertaken by Stage 5, taking the form of archive and of assembly, water, memory and social interaction. Focusing on major European cities, including Dublin, Venice, Copenhagen and Genoa. This exhibition was well crafted, considered and restrained.

Standout unit & student

Stage 4 ‘s exceptional travelling exhibition and in depth analytical work of real urban projects and issues. Joshua Murphy Stage 4 Project for Landscape Institute is also worth singling out - a stunning sketchbook, imaginative project, carried through to completion very convincingly and with rigour.

  • Alan Dunlop, director Alan Dunlop Architect

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