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Student Shows 2014: University of Portsmouth

Andrew Malbon reviews Portsmouth School of Architecture’s end-of-year show  

The University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture has recently relocated to Penoyre + Prasad’s Eldon Building. This move has united the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries onto one campus, the first fruit of this closer co-operation is evident from the work on display and the smartest students will no doubt take full advantage of the extended working relationships now possible. The school’s teaching philosophy aims to be creative and innovative but at the same time thoroughly grounded in the technical and environmental aspects of architecture.

Standout units & students:

The projects show a strong cultural engagement, the tutors seeking to engage students at all levels with existing communities, cultures and the landscape. The BA3 food bank schemes illustrated this approach well. The range of models & the energy of student led display techniques always delights.

Highlights of the degree included Sabina Berariu, Joanna Poxton and Pool Leh Ang’s superb drawings demonstrating excellent technical knowledge.Tom Hayes and Michael Bates’ sensitive developments in Estepona Spain stood out in the Architecture + Landscape’s MArch studio.

Also notable was the Architecture and Urbanism studio’s engagement with a real developer and local councillors working on a large development site in Welborne, Hampshire to mutual benefit.

  • Andrew Malbon, architect, Design Group, Housing & Property Service, Portsmouth City Council

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