Ben Adams takes a look at the University of Brighton’s end-of-year show
‘Brighton is full of broken toys,’ intoned a friend (and city resident). ‘It is a home for all those seeking respite from something.’ The school of architecture seeks this year to provide such respite, focusing on the collective isolation faced by Generation Y and a pervading sense of environmental angst.
Studio 3 investigates the Geography of the Dispossessed under the guidance of Sarah Stevens and Sam Lynch, whose students are encouraged to engage with the nature of existence.
William Emmett offers the chance for ‘complete physical and mental isolation’ in his remarkable design for an introverted new pier. Isolation from what? you may cry, and its the internet and the city that are the trouble-makers. His works stands out for the atmospheric strength of its interior spaces, allied to a sensitive exploration of wider urban issues.
In the degree school, Studio 6 gives us machines (groan) that have a point (yay). Jack Carlisle seeks to embrace the rural within the city, and his beguiling models suggest an understanding of structural economy and spatial drama that defined the Victorian expansion of Brighton and Hove with its piers and railway stations.
The year’s work has in general an optimistic tone, despite its gloomy forebodings. There is a sense of decay and rebirth, reinforced by setting the show in the vast space of the old market – shortly before its regeneration (by Shed KM) is due to begin.
Ben Adams of Ben Adams Architects