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Friday25 July 2014

Architecture student shows 2011: Northumbria University

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The students’ work continues the investigation of context and identity in the Northumbria region. 

The architecture projects on display at Northumbria are grounded in the history of the sites and, at their best, a realisation of a social engagement with the communities in which the students have been working. 

The degree students’ projects on show at the end of year exhibition are situated in rural Kielder and Rothbury, as well as along the River Tyne at South Shields and on the River Wear in Durham. Proposals were for visitors centres concerned with the preservation and restoration of natural and post-industrial habitats.

The masters students develop architectural solutions to genuine social problems and to the educational and economic needs arising from the study of a geographical area. Themes of place and memory are also explored with schemes set around Newcastle’s city walls and the former Fenham Barracks, while concerns about pollution, sustainability and energy generation were explored in Newcastle’s lower Ouseburn Valley and at the Port of Blyth on the Northumbrian Coast.

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  • I have been impressed by some of the work coming out of Northumbria architecture department over recent years. I think that it is an underrated school, producing thoughtful and well presented architectural propositions within the North East region.

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  • As a Part II architecture course in its infancy, the work is both engaging and diverse. The projects are concerned with local and regional issues which are current and applicable to other cities. The range of media explored to explain the schemes results in an overall show which could easily rival the more established schools.

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  • the show is up until the 1st of July and well worth a visit to see the full range of work not shown here.

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