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University of Greenwich School of Architecture

[STUDENT SHOWS 2011] The Department of Architecture and Urban Design staged its end of year exhibition, Shifting Sands, in the illustrious setting of Queen Anne Court on its Greenwich Campus

Students’ work was crammed in, conveyor belt-style, on a long island and on the internal walls of the historic first-floor gallery space.

As at other end of year shows, much of the work had the lyrical, brooding qualities that one might have seen at an AA end of year show in the 1990s. There are plenty of hand drawings, along with digital work, mixed-media graphics and rapid prototyping. Parallel worlds of advanced construction technology
and Parametricism, atmospheric in their own ways, seem to be dead and buried as far as many of these students are concerned, but will hopefully be ripe for rediscovery in the not too distant future.

Salt (in the wounds)by Leo Robert led the pack. ‘The Thames Barrier is an attempt to stop floods from tidal and storm surges that have had disastrous consequences for London,’ says the final-year diploma student. ‘But this is a postponement of further inevitable events.’ His work takes a critical approach towards ‘defending’ or trying to prevent floods.

Robert, who is, in collaboration with Jake Humphrey, a 3DReid award finalist, designed a series of towers around flooded, or soon to be flooded areas, concentrating on the Thames gateway.

Work by Milo Ayden De Luca also stood out, along with Chris Pattison’s Caffeine Den. He said: ‘I developed an architecture that was abstracted and cave-like, where occupants could dwell in different areas depending on the intoxication they sought from their drinks.’ Felix Mara

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