The End of Year Show at the University again demonstrated that architecture is in safe hands

Education and Awards

Oculus were pleased to have assisted the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath again this year with lectures and studio tutorials. The End of Year Show at the University again demonstrated that architecture is in safe hands.

This year's 2nd project for 3rd Year Bath Architecture students was set in Budapest.

"Prior to leaving for a week’s study trip, each studio was given the task to research an aspect of Hungarian culture, which they presented to the whole year on the first evening in Budapest.
 
The students walked, mapped and sketched the city, in order to capture the essence of the place. The Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) hosted the study trip for part of the time and, along with some acclaimed architectural practitioners, provided the students with wide-ranging talks about Budapest, culminating in a celebratory jazz evening.
 
The individual project looked at how a contemporary British cultural centre sits in a foreign urban morphology, steeped in its own social condition, and (at times, violent) political past. The project provided a vehicle for a conceptual and critical approach, to demonstrate awareness of how the built environment is used and experienced by its users. The students' work seeked to integrate the aesthetic, spatial, structural and environmental components that are key to engaging architecture. The key themes explored in the designs included the appropriation of the public realm, its legibility and coherence for the local people, and the re-interpretation of the Budapest courtyard typology."

Daniel Wong - University of Bath

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