A green future for architecture studentWednesday, 09 June, 2010
An ambitious proposal to revitalise one of Aberdeen's most historic quarters will be just one of the projects on display at this year's Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment End of Year Show.
Master of Architecture student, Raju Noor (23), from Potterton, will be showcasing his final year project at the Show, which launches with a VIP ceremony on Tuesday 22 June.
Raju's project explores the hypothetical redevelopment of the Green, an area situated at the centre of Aberdeen, below Union St. He has based his project on the viability of rehabilitating existing urban areas in a bid to change the way people use them. His project proposes to transform the way the Green is used by further developing living, work and entertainment space in the area, thereby rejuvenating it as a hub for city life.
Currently home to a small number of restaurants and shops, the Green is one of the City of Aberdeen's oldest recognised areas. It formed one of four administrative medieval quarters, and acted as an important point of entry to the city.
Raju contends that the area is not widely used by Aberdonians or visitors. As a historical centre with architectural significance, he believes that a redevelopment could invigorate the area, and bring the Green more firmly into the heart of the city.
"I hope that my ideas for the development would encourage the public to walk within and around the city, and take the time to enjoy it, instead of using the car to get to the various shopping malls," Raju explains. "The Green is only one example of many where an under-utilised space within the city can be re-integrated by providing a better urban realm where work, life and entertainment come together."
The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment End of Year Show 2010 will be launched at 6pm on Tuesday 22 June with a private showing and prize-giving ceremony. The Show will then be open to the public from 23 June - 2 July (9am - 5pm everyday). It will take place at the School on Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, and entry is free.
This year's showcase will provide an ideal opportunity for visitors to see emerging talent and engage in discussion about the ideas behind the work. The Show will enable people from all walks of life to view a range of final year undergraduate projects, spanning architecture, architectural technology, construction design and management and surveying. For more information, visit: www.rgu.ac.uk/endofyearshow.
Raju's online portfolio can be viewed at www.rajunoor.co.uk.
Andrew Youngson / Pauline Smith