From London, it's fast to Peterborough. From there, you board a single carriage to Lincoln, wondering if you may have to push, and it sets out on its long and flat journey. Lincoln is a quiet, beautiful place except, I am informed, when Grimsby Town come to play football.
Succoured by a flat landscape, I was unprepared for the slick Lincoln Brayford Pool campus and Rick Mather’s School of Architecture building. The building's vortex void sucked me up and spat me into degree studios exhibiting lively student work: from exquisite formalism to radical politics via urban planning with the laser cutter at full blast.
The Hull School of Architecture (renamed the Lincoln School in 2003) has a rich tradition. Leslie Martin was the first head of school; Cho Padamsee introduced the country's first work-based learning in the 1970s, then the ‘Community Architecture’ of the ‘80s.
The strength of design at the degree level is impressive, towering above the flat wet landscape. The diploma school is small, but if it expands and deepens its intellectual base, the journey and the attraction to Lincoln will be broad.
Ed Frith is the director of Moving Architecture
Resume: Lincoln’s wet, flat landscape fails to dampen its students’ spirits.