Laura Mark reviews the Leeds Metropolitan University’s end of year show
After a patchy display last year, Leeds Metropolitan is back on form. The work is fresh and the school seems to be finding its place. Students are split into studios. The Part 2 studios entitled Crash Test, Abstract Machines and Urban Studio have taken into account a wide range of issues, from futuristic parametric modelling to a live project building an orphanage in Haiti. Future adaptation is a strand which can be seen throughout the school, with many of the projects looking at how we create future cities and how we can mitigate against climate change. It is clear sustainability is key to the school’s teaching ethos, and not just an add-on.
Standout unit A Part 1 studio based on the Venice Biennale theme of ‘common ground’ showed some particularly thought-provoking work.
Standout students Among the Part 1 students, Sam Spence stands out. His visuals printed onto cast plaster were an interesting way of visualising his project, a handmade-paper factory and printmaking workshop. Of the Part 2 students, Timothy Robinson’s work, part of the Crash Test studio, looked at how to plan for future large-scale viral outbreaks. Think 28 Days Later as an architecture student project!
In a word Promising
Laura Mark, AJ technical reporter