Kingston student Oscar Plastow has been named the student winner of the AJ/Kingspan Benchmark Sketch a facade competition.
The competition opened in March, when together with Kingspan Benchmark, the AJ launched its Sketch a facade competition with a lecture by Professor Alan Dunlop at KPF's new gallery on Langley Street in Covent Garden.
Standing out amongst 255 entries, Oscar's work was described as "the clear winner of the student award, for the quality of a number of drawings in his sketchbook and his obvious commitment to drawing and the art of architecture" by Alan Dunlop.
This year the School of Architecture & Landscape was invited by the Hannah Barry Gallery to design and construct a project space, as a year-round home for the acclaimed Bold Tendencies art festival, which is sited in a multi-storey car park in central Peckham. The project space provides an infrastructure of clean, secure, functional spaces, which supports the range of activities that the event requires. It sits within the gallery's existing Copeland Road base, an old factory situated in an industrial estate to the rear of Rye Lane.
It is articulated as a building within a building, a room within a room – a simply detailed timber construction clad in unfinished cement board and topped by a lantern that both responds to the existing building form and provides a specific interior character.
Inspired by the iconic five-arch design of the Kintaikyo Bridge in western Japan, a group of third-year architecture students have recreated a spectacular 1:3 scale version of one section of the famous landmark though a Japanese-inspired building project.
The final-year architects were given 10 days to make all the pieces in the workshops at Kingston University's Knights Park campus. Student Miles Borg was nominated as project manager. "While we enjoyed planning our own versions of the bridge, actually getting to build one that could take the weight of people walking on it was a real challenge," the 21 year old said. "Being able to throw ourselves into a project like this with a tight deadline and limited resources has really focused our attention on problem solving. When we came across an obstacle, it was great to get the team together to work out a solution," he said.
Having exhibited their creation at London's Ecobuild and the Kingston University Degree Show, the bridge can now be found at the Embassy of Japan in London, as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase organised by the British Council.
The School of Architecture was invited to take part in an education event to mark the opening of the 2010 Venice Biennale, hosted by Studioplex. The event saw students, architects and educators from around the world gathered together to discuss the future of architectural design.
Students presented design proposals and participated in a panel discussion. Kingston University was joined by schools from around the world, including the Architectural Association, Columbia University, Harvard University, Hong Kong University, Princeton University, School of Architecture of Barcelona, The Korean National University of Arts, Tohoku University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, UCLA, SCI-ARC, University of Applied Arts Vienna, RMIT, and University of Tokyo.