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University of Northumbria: School of the Built Environment

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Northumbria has a strong studio culture, drawing on powerful regional roots, writes Tim Carlyle

University of Northumbria’s degree show consisted of all the third year final projects, the brief being a visitor centre and display space for the Lindisfarne Gospels, at Lindisfarne Island. Time, tide and memory were woven into many projects: Otis Murdoch’s fantastical megastructure incorporating Simbirchevian constructivism; Matt Bailey’s brooding images partially reveal moments in a complex narrative; Joe Crinion shows Turner-esque grandiosity. All design work is progressed through intensive model-making,complementing painterly renderings of technically literate drawings.

Upper school projects are student-designed briefs on a common site: the disused fish market at South Shields docks. Gavin Lowden’s fish hatchery and feed stock factory (shortlisted for the AJ student CAD awards) presents a cliff-scale industrial structure to the old dock; Sam Hill’s Piano/Meier is an inspired wind-turbine factory; Mark Todd’s wave-energy research centre is massively engineered, with a mature urban presence.

Tim Carlyle is an architect and teacher at Kent School of Architecture

Resume: A strong studio culture, drawing on powerful Northumbrian roots

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