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Wednesday23 July 2014

Architecture student shows 2012: Northumbria University

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Modern reinterpretations of venerable institutions in Northumbria and projects addressing the impact of austerity on the North East

With the UK back in recession and austerity measures having a disproportionate impact on the North East, the Master of Architecture students’ theses suggest possible futures for a confident, creative regional identity deriving, in part, from the region’s rich history. 

Schemes around Newcastle’s infamous Bigg Market reinstate the northern European medieval square and propose interventions in the back lands of burgage plots with artisan distilleries, secret greenhouses growing botanicals, and theatres evoking the memories and traces of the Georgian city.  The post-industrial landscape also continues to inspire, with a scheme for monumental blast furnaces to convert asbestos waste to useful glass products.  Schemes which address the affect of supermarket dominance on market towns suggest a more inclusive way of living which could be adopted by many towns and cities around the UK and Europe.

Otis Murdoch

M.Arch: Otis Murdoch – “Demeter Aquadell”

The projects on display by the BA students’ propose a modern reinterpretation of the venerable Newcastle Institution, “The Lit & Phil”, on historically significant sites near the Castle Keep and the Discovery Museum.  Projects for a new visitor’s centre and a Youth Hostel, located at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall respond to a “live” brief set by the Northumbria National Park and YHA to replace existing, outdated facilities.

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  • I wish CGI had been available to students between 1976 and 1983.

    Some interesting ideas here.

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  • Stephen - CGI and graphic skills improve year on year. Design skills, problem solving skills, response to context / social issues and pragmatic / functional issues remain constant. Students need to understand that good design is not just seduction by graphics.

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  • Yoshiwara

    Same old stuff from Northumbria University.

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  • Some good work once again by Northumbria.

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  • Stewie

    Yes, looks like there is some good stuff there, some real architecture there, surpasses the work of the Bartlett I'll say.

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  • Scott Dale

    Fantastic work. MUCH better than Bartlett. At least its recognisable as architecture.

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  • james francis

    Great to see architecture coming out of a school rather than third rate concept art. Well done to students and faculty

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  • Nice work! Good to know the youngsters had been busy sweating in their design studios.I pray they have the opportunity to sit in real sweat shop and earn some pennies.(Considering the wretched salaries veterans earn) Must say though that excessive high tech quasi post industrial architecture that is prevalent now do not seem to consider the life cycle cost of the design, for example, how the hell do you clean all the myriad of surfaces on these things? Who would like to pay for such? how do you deal with damages to the curvilinear surfaces. Yes! these look great and I praise the students. But for issues I have highlighted, investigate sites, like the Westfields in Shepard Bush and take a look at the tree columns the roof/ ceiling. Go to the city and look at the amount of filth that have settled on the appendages sticking out of practically all high tech exercises down there. The just make the build look like old model sliver containers.

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  • zecks_marquise

    well said Ianc1975, if art had remained so obsessed with 'proper art' we never would have had cubism.

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