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Friday25 July 2014

Architecture student shows 2013: London Metropolitan University

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26th June- 5th July

Spring House
40-44 Holloway Road
London
N7 8JL

The show reflects the school’s high emphasis on socially engaged architecture within both London and Global contexts

This year’s exhibition features work from Foundation year, Undergraduate studios, Postgraduate diploma units, Masters programmes and PhD students at the School. 

There is an emphasis on socially engaged architecture with London and Global contexts. London acts as case study and resource through explorations of and responses to manifold aspects of the capital. These include, but are not limited to: the City Gates; Social Housing; Airport Edgelands; Places of prayer; Learning landscapes; Shopping Centres; Garden Suburbs and interstitial pockets. Outcomes realised as part of interdisciplinary Made In Hayes Project are displayed outside in a purpose built mobile gallery, continuing a theme of community engagement.

Care, intellectual rigour and attention to detail are consistently demonstrated through investigation, process, drawings, and models including projects responding to aspects of  Sao Paulo, Urbino and Gubbio, the walled cities of Central Italy; Agra, India; Moscow, Russia;  Morocco, Venice, Dublin and Rotterdam. The role and purpose of the architect -and architecture- are frequently questioned, even challenged.

Sections from the RIBA Silver Medal-winning Sunbloc project, accompanied by a stop motion movie, offer a tantalising glimpse of the full-scale house presently being fabricated for exposition at the Solar Decathlon, China. A display of work by postgraduate students at partner institution Moscow School of Architecture (MARCH), anticipates next years opportunity for London based students to take a studio with direct links to Moscow.

The Summer Exhibition is the last at Spring House. This autumn, the School of Architecture will fully relocate to Central House in Aldgate, which is being refurbished based on plans by our own Architecture Research Unit (ARU). This will see the creation of new studios, teaching and lecture spaces, a gallery and café restaurant . A new roof -top park will be accessible by the broader community and include a Hollywood-style sign by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith announcing the Faculty to the City.

An online catalogue of this years work by The School is available here

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