Harry Conway reviews Liverpool School of Architecture’s end of year show
The end-of-year show at the University of Liverpool offered the usual fairy tale ride of space fiction wonderment, refreshingly balanced with a selection of grounded, problem-solving projects which engaged with the challenges of the real world. The school evidently encourages a forward-thinking, artistic and technological mandate. Beginning from the dizzy heights of Mars (yes, Mars) to the equally vertigo-inducing Zeppelin towers of Greater London, the show offered a wide range of projects. The undergraduates showed a sound understanding of both the technical and artistic approaches. Groups had an encouraging variety of briefs ranging from Meccano museums to crematoriums. However, this wholesale approach made it hard for projects to truly stand out. The MArch, meanwhile, is composed of small group projects from a self-developed brief; the consequence is a staggeringly broad range of projects, often retreating into fantasy realms of convoluted forms.
Standout student Undergraduate Cameron Cavalier, from the Five Materials and a Crematorium module, displayed a maturity beyond his years through a classy assortment of drawings, sketches and models which helped to communicate an atmospheric scheme.
In a word Comprehensive
Harry Conway, architectural assistant, Broadway Malyan