Stereo: First and second year exhibition in city centre.

While all eyes were on the final year students at the Degree Show, meanwhile at Werks Central in the city centre first and second year Interior Architecture students were celebrating with their own exhibition and prize giving. Entitled Stereo, their exhibition showcased a bold vision for the future of existing spaces in Brighton and nearby Newhaven: highlighting the commonalities of their approach while contrasting the differences in sites, contexts and the results. With the history and the existing site context playing an important part in the design process, the work shown embraces a strong narrative as the starting point for a building project.

Working at Concorde 2 the first years were responsible for designing a Creative Enterprise/Start-Up Community all to be housed under one roof in a major project called ‘Concorde – occupying a cabinet of curiosities’. The brief asked for a collaborative work space allowing two start-up businesses to work harmoniously while exchanging skills, tools and knowledge. The second years students were based in Newhaven, starting at Newhaven Fort in their first semester and progressing to the High Street for the second. Although each studio looked at Newhaven from a different perspective, and responded to similar issues, each created a comprehensive set of projects questioning the future of the towns full of potential.

This exhibition was curated to showcase a wide variety of responses to the brief to each of these briefs and the resulting projects.

As part of the opening night students were awarded a wide range of prizes including awards for most innovative idea, best team builder, best project, best model, best drawing, best film, best written work, and for contribution to studio culture. A fitting end to a great year.