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Student shows 2013: University of Cambridge

James Pallister reviews the University of Cambridge’s end of year show

Cambridge continues the tradition of exhibiting in London, but this year shunned the labyrinthine Farmiloe building to move South of the river, where student society ARCSOC built and curated a tight show at Will Alsop’s Test Bed in Battersea. The venue was big enough to show a decent amount of work, but small enough to make a visit digestible. Work from all three undergraduate years was on show, with most space given to this year’s graduating cohort. The exhibition was complemented by a series of alumni talks by Finn Williams, Gort Scott and Eleanor Fawcett illustrative of the social interest of many of the studios.

Standout unit The show ponies here are the graduating third year. Y3S2 took the worthy topic ‘housing as city’ and explored ‘what is a housing block’. Students with an understanding of how to design mass housing are surely welcome.

Standout student For resolved projects, the students of Y3S3, who investigated building within the landscape with a series of well-resolved proposals for a site in Ambleside, get my vote. They share a number of different material approaches to the site, from Andrew Percival’s riff on Hardwick Hall to Rachel Roberts’ much more heavy, elemental approach, through to Liusaidh Macdonald’s light ‘Jetty Hostel’.

In a word Tight

James Pallister, AJ Publications editor

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