Plymouth University Architecture students

Radical architecture? Plymouth and Gdansk uni students initiate debates in urban development

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Plymouth University Architecture students

A summer collection at a London gallery will feature work from Plymouth University Architecture students and their counterparts from Gdansk Technical University.

Radical Architecture? Gdansk/Plymouth 2011 will open in June at the Mile End Art Pavilion and will bring together work from two different cultural backgrounds.

The collection has been created by postgraduate students and Polish students thanks to a collaboration which stems back to a field trip by Plymouth students to Gdansk last year.

The exhibition also aims to explore the consequences of the construction of a new major transport route, connecting airport and the port in Gdansk, Poland and sets out to initiate debates in urban development.

Exhibits will consist of drawings and models. Plymouth university lecturer in architecture Dr Krzysztof Nawratek said: “Our aim is to ask again, almost 100 years after debates first arose in the International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM), what is it that architects can do for society? Could architecture and urbanism be a part of radical politics?”

Critic and writer Owen Hatherley, Plymouth University writer and academic Professor Malcolm Miles, and other guest speakers will open the exhibition at a private viewing on 13 June prior to it being opened to the public on 14 June 2011.

Dr Nawratek said: “This is a great achievement for the students and a boost to know we had the support of the Polish Cultural Institute in London who put the money up for the exhibition.

“We hope it also encourages prospective students in realising what they too can achieve.”

For those who can’t make the London event, an exhibition will be held at Plymouth University at the beginning of June