Architects hold show in London

Friday, 29 May 2009

Architecture students took inspiration from London's South Bank for a show held in the city.

London's South Bank is a peculiar microcosm of the world.

It's a place where homeless people, businessmen, buskers, joggers, tourists and city-dwellers collide.

Architecture students from Oxford Brookes University drew on the social jumble they saw along the Thames-side promenade as inspiration for an exhibition which took place at the city's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in May.

Their 'Conflict in Architecture' show was held in conjunction with Brighton and Bath Universities and looked at the public space 20 years from now.

Over the next two decades, towns and cities will undergo radical changes thanks to shifts in technology, social climate and environmental conditions.

The Brookes students imagined how existing buildings may look in 2029 as wars, terrorism, immigration, gang culture, uneven access to health or education, social deprivation, flooding, hooliganism and inequalities between rich and poor force an architecture of conflict.

They asked what groups might be marginalized in the face of new pressures and, if architecture could broker resolution, how would it work?

Eleven second year students and 17 third year students took part in the exhibition.

Carsten Jungfer, Associate Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, explained:

'We really asked them to look beyond aesthetics and engage in social matters and to follow people and really understand how these sites worked socially.

'It's all about the coexistence of these worlds.'