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Student shows 2013: University of Strathclyde

Johnny Rodger reviews the University of Strathclyde’s end of year show

There’s a real feeling of family and growth at Strathclyde. That’s found in a coherent strategy for nurturing students’ concerns and awareness through the years. It can be read on the wall as an educational programme which sets out on a meditation on human basics of shelter and dwelling for beginner students, and widens out to urban, regional and global concerns. There are great detailed and imaginative drawings from first year onwards (for example, Pavel Dzurjanik’s woodland tower). But tight space means strong work - such as the first years’ live-build project - may have been left out. Certainly there is much good work in intermediate years, such as Melissa Hart’s traditional music centre, and Halim Kurniawan’s prospective (Zumthor, of course) bathhouse.

Standout unit Fifth-year students have mounted projects showing a comprehensive engagement with the great social and environmental challenges of our times. Among them are Agnieszka Zagorska’s frank scheme to restore the polluted ‘Cancer Alley’ in the Mississippi Basin, and Sean Alistair Edward’s nuclear waste reprocessing unit.

Standout students For his truly fantastic and incredibly obsessive detail of drawings, books, manuals, models, blueprints and prospecti, Scott Porter’s project for extraterrestrial colonisation.

In a word Engagement

Johnny Rodger, reader in urban literature at Glasgow School of Art

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