Alan Keane reviews University of Bath’s end of year show
‘He who adventures in London,’ wrote Arthur Machen, ‘has a foretaste of infinity.’ And so the University of Bath brought its show to the capital for three days. The ethos of the school is to ground students in the act of construction, equipping them with useful knowledge and skills, while encouraging them to see the world in its richness, and to act upon it.
Standout unit The city of Gloucester was examined by the BSc students in the ‘Wilderness of the Soul’ programme: a scrutiny of conscience through self-chosen briefs. Alex Peacock’s ‘Euthanasia Retreat’ is a gentle and poignant provocation in a beautiful building. The MArch students stand upon the shoulders of their teachers, showing great maturity in the ‘Sustainable Cities’ programme. Groups went to Helsinki, Lisbon, Naples, Nicosia and Portsmouth to explore masterplanning and individual projects. The Nicosia group (Timothy Anderson, Nathan Ovens, Darren Levins and William Hei Chen) created a wonderful collection of ideas, and a worthy winner of this year’s 3DReid Prize, while the quiet monumentality of Charlotte Walker’s ‘Boavista Gateway’ was a delight.
Standout students Alex Peacock, Charlotte Walker, Timothy Anderson, Nathan Ovens, Darren Levins, William Hei Chen
In a word Enlightened
Alan Keane, architectural assistant, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS)