India Wright sees a new emphasis on craft and processas South Bank redefines itself
With an increasingly large and diverse intake of students (100 in this years’ Year 1), South Bank’s school has had to redefine itself. A re-think of programme and a new emphasis on craft and process harness and nurture a broad range of skills. Students are now also taught fundamental principles and communication methods from the outset.
Drawing and model making are fostered, and an earlier obsession with CGIs has been replaced with free hand. Undergraduates are encouraged to communicate their schemes in their medium of choice – be it hand-drawn axonometric, Rhino render, model or CAD – a successful tactic judging from the quality of work on show. Second-year students shunned the traditional pin-up and portfolio and presented their work as books.
Diploma Unit Studio 8, led by Lily Kudic, stood out for its geometric representations, ‘founded in contextual analysis and structure’.
Distinction student Luke Murray created a Stonemason’s School for 21st Century London, and Peggy Le Cren designed a Tea Factory in the spirit of Victorian philanthropy. Both are outstanding attempts to create architecture for a city in recession.
The jubilation at this end-of-year show was punctuated by a marriage proposal. Fellow diploma graduate Carlos Sanchez proposed to Peggy in a romantic pledge to their future.
In a word
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