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Wednesday23 July 2014

Architecture student shows 2011: Royal College of Art

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This year’s show is made up of four Architectural Design Studios (ADSs) which all pursue urban themes with a cultural edge.

Creating a context for the thesis design projects in this exhibition, all of the projects are based in London, and reflect the life that Londoners lead or might want to lead. The school believes in the link between the present and the future, and what role architecture should play in bridging between them.’

ADS1: iLondon – Roberto Bottazzi & Tobias Klein

With the City of London as testing ground, students drew inspiration from the ever-changing world of the Internet to mutate existing types such as financial, religious, and institutional buildings into dynamic constructions able to react and adapt to fast-changing conditions.

ADS2: DenCity: The Bigger Society? – Will Hunter, Tom Teatum, with Guido Incerti

London’s future architecture will be shaped by forces far beyond the control of architects. To meet these challenges, ADS2 proposed an urbanism of hybrid programmes – an architecture of renegotiated relationships between public and private, centre and periphery.

ADS3: Anatomy of a Building – Fernando Rihl, Charlotte Skene Catling, with Marc Frohn

The crisis within the NHS creates drastic need for treatment at the heart of its own architectural infrastructure: the hospital. The initial ‘diagnostic’ phase followed three trajectories: ‘THE BODY POLITIC’, ‘BODY BUILDING’ and ‘BED/TIME STORIES’ to lead to new hybrids and a new Architecture of Health.

ADS4: ANTIDOTE – Rosy Head & Nicky Koller

With the 60th anniversary of the Festival Of Britain this year, ADS4 questioned what the British Industries of the Festival of Britain 2021 might be. Taking Greater London as the site – the architectural proposals make us question our perception of nature if it was re-branded as luxury; how we would live if private enterprise exploited the happiness index; the repercussions of privatising the UK’s international aid commitments; our fears about an unprecedented greying population in a future dominated by stem cell technology amongst other concerns.

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  • bitter pill

    ..and they wonder why they can't get jobs after graduating?

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  • I'd be surprised if RCA graduates can't get jobs, and since it's an art college I suppose they can get away with teaching architecture as art, unlike some other schools.

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  • Whether they should be RIBA accredited is another question.

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  • Simon  Quinlank

    In a year or two this stuff will be as embarrassing as Post Modernism is today.

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  • Sorry, the work looks dated.

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