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Student Shows 2014: University of Brighton

Nick Lomax reviews Brighton’s end-of-year show

For the lay person, this must be an exciting exhibition. The placing of a grid structure made by the students in the Old Fruit and Veg market is inspired. The variety of work, the energy and the presentation skills impress. It is a pity however that the Part 2 courses/masters degrees are relegated to one side of the main exhibition, with only a few slides dedicated to each student. For the professional, the lack of communication in both the student work and the exhibition as a whole is frustrating. There seems to be an assumption that the visitor is familiar with the brief, programme and what the student is striving to achieve.

Standout unit & students

I was more impressed with the collective for its sheer variety; there must be something there for every student’s taste. The grid shell exhibition structure and the Brighton Waste House (off-site and not mentioned in the exhibition) stand out. Singling out standout students is more difficult. I liked Andy Pun’s additions to Robin Hood Lane, Frederick Thomas for his Immersive Infrastructure project in the Newhaven module which separates the wacky from the practical, and a couple of interior design schemes – Ana Sidorova’s Dance Studio and Stefano Leveque’s Witchcraft Museum.

  • Nick Lomax, founder and MD of LCE Architects

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