Mark Braund takes a look at the University of Liverpool’s end-of-year show
Forms assembled in light is the Le Corbusier strapline to the flyer which greets you as you enter the bright green carpeted Liverpool University studio space. The LSA talk about re thinking the international style, which sets the scene for what feels like an almost art gallery like presentation that awaits.
There is a vast quantity of drawing work and physical models, exuding a consistent air of quality and similarity of drawing style. The BA(hons) and MArch are split between two floors, with the BA(hons) providing only a sample of the best drawings and models it would seem. But, as you would expect, there are some great efforts.
Liverpool prides itself on being a research based institution which is clearly evident in the post graduate projects with an emphasis on the research undertaken behind each project from its site context through to its socio economic background and future projections. As such each project provides a rich starting point for debate. LSA does present a different offer to many, with their final masters course being collaborations from groups of 2 to 4 students. As a result some of the projects are able to explore this research through their projects and capture vast projects of scale and complexity.
There are a number of projects which provided a lasting memory; a project that explores the temporary use of Liverpool’s redundant buildings and spaces, a land bridge that proposes linking the Liverpool with the Wirral, and an elephant house with some beautiful hand drawings from the fouth year.
Mark Braund is architect director at BDP