Architecture student shows 2011: Greenwich University
Located in the former Royal Naval College at Greenwich, the exhibition has a great view out over the river.
The tide is changing with a new head of school, Neil Spiller, at the helm. Design studios are repositioning themselves at zero degrees longitude, chartering ships to new and distant shores.
Ateliers have explored diverse agendas, ranging from ‘Constructs of Architecture and Fiction’ in New York City to ‘Contested Space’ in Nicosia, Cyprus. Time is of the essence for some: ‘Future Cities, Future Practices’ and a ‘Library of the Long Now’ jostle for wall space with ‘Blurb-scapes’ and a ‘Garden Computing Archive’. Here, instant technologies and social networking rituals seek a tangible spatial presence in the city and landscape.
There is also a questioning of traditional practices and architectural procurement methods in programmes such as ‘A Guild for One’ and ‘Pure Fabrication’.
Greenwich students and tutors are no strangers to the stay-cation either, with one atelier ‘Luxuriating in an Urban Health Resort’ in Deptford, another ‘Musing, Making and Moving’ around Brighton Pier, and yet another atelier of ‘Thinkers and Makers’ charting the troubled waters of the Thames Estuary.
There are modest and practical retro-fits of social housing projects. Then there are the rather more ambitious ‘Innumerable Eccentricities of Cartography’ that Spiller and Watson’s own students delve into. These read like a diagnosis for any school of architecture:
‘It will re-use and re-define the ‘list of stimulants’ described in the Excursus of ‘Collage City’, i.e. nostalgia producing instruments, stabilizers, set pieces, gardens, and ambiguous composite buildings in a search for a twenty first century architecture’.
Text by Reenie Elliott
BA Architecture Programme Leader