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Student Shows 2014: University of East London

Tim Pitman reviews UEL’s end-of-year show

The University of East London’s student show is housed within the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering’s studio spaces, located at the Docklands campus. The teaching is structured around vertical studios: second and third year combine in degree (BSc), fourth and fifth year combine in diploma (MArch), while the first year is taught as one.

All years are represented at the show. However, at the time of my visit the first-year students had pinned down, leaving only their bespoke display system to tell of the themes of process and making that define their course, and perhaps characterise the school in general. 

After an initial blur between the units and years, a wide variety of work becomes evident: from full size hand-made bricks and fabric-shuttered concrete panels, through to rendered perspectives of complex building forms developed with ‘low–polygon’ computer modelling techniques. 

Standout units & students

In degree, The Factory Terrace, run by Adam Willis and Lewis Tim Jones, begins by dissecting a number of chairs and reassembling them for new purposes. This learning then develops into a skilful reworking of the traditional terrace.

In diploma, Context City, run by Christoph Hadrys and Uwe Schmidt-Hess, has resulted in a series of well-presented schemes that are resolved at all scales: from convincing urban masterplanning strategies through to highly defined interior spaces.

Overall, Leoni Brooks and Tom Green stand out within the already noted Context City unit, and Shinnosuke Hoshikawa’s alternative form of architecture school displays similar levels of scheme resolution and quality of presentation.

  • Tim Pitman, director, Pitman Tozer Architects

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