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Week 08// 19/03 - 25/03

​OSA Magazine is a platform for documenting, sharing and publicising the varied agendas of students at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture.

Here on our new weekly update, we will be recommending arts and culture events currently open in London and Oxford. We'll also be sharing articles from our limited edition print publications past, present and future, so you'll still be able to read contributions from the OSA writers, even if the magazines are sold out.


Student of the week:

Our featured student of the week is

Hannah Middleton

Architecture Undergrad Third Year// Unit F

You can find more of his amazing work on her instagram : @year.of.arch

Find more work of the studio on their instagram page: @_unit_f_

Based on Walbrook Wharf, right on the edge of the City of London borough boarder and facing out to the River Thames sits a proposal for the City of London Corporation Self-build Programme. The colliding buildings made up of three expo spaces (Estate Agents, Auction Room and Court Room), offices for land registry and planning and a self build workshop aim to provide a more convenient and better way for residents in the City of London to buy, sell and make a home.

The proposal also involves an element of recycling, done via a material bank that is open to all. The materials given in can either be used by those building within the workshop or exchanged by the public to then be taken away.

Once you buy a plot of land within the auction room you are enrolled within the self-build programme giving you access to all the workshop facilities. Once your new self-build home is complete it is docked onto a boat to be transported off of site and the owner gets the privilege to place a personalised brick inscribed with their name on the the facade of the auction room. The hope is that over time the facade will build up with personalised bricks and show the rest of London the progress the City of London Corporation is doing in providing for its residents.

Events visited by OSA members:

Kerry Fox

MArchD 1// Urban Design

Michaelangelo - Ashmolean Museum

When you look at Michaelangelo’s ceiling at the Sistine Chapel, or at his statue of David, it’s hard to see past the finished product to the artist behind. But the sketches on show in the Ashmolean reveal more of Michaelangelo’s thought process. Strong chalk marks come together on paper to create musculature, facial features, and figures. But in between sketches of the human form are architectural drawings, and it is in those that I found the most of Michaelangelo’s personality.

There are layers to these drawings, the same layers that you create when drawing by hand today. He sets up the proportions, begins on the details, makes corrections, then sketches in the finishing touches. You can follow the narrative of the drawing. And it seems as if, in the 500 years between Michaelangelo’s life and today, very little has changed in the basics of architectural drawing.

This exhibition is very small, but it’s free and well worth a visit. Booking is recommended, although some tickets are available from the ticket desk on the day.

OxArch events of the week:

It is back the OXARCH FIELD TRIP PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION in collaboration with OSA. Submit your best field trip photo to with the subject title Photography Competition by 30 March 2018 to be in with a chance of winning. The winner will have their photo published in the OSA Annual and receive a £50 Amazon voucher. Good Luck Oxarch Team

JUMPER ORDERS ARE REOPEN!…/oxarch-jumpers-and-t-shir…

Missed your chance to grab yourself a jumper or t-shirt the first time around? Seen your friend around the studio wearing one and wished you could be as cool as them??


well it's also cold outside and you should wrap up


It's getting warmer and you could do with a lightweight cotton t-shirt to allow your beautiful skin to breathe in

that springtime air.

Whatever your circumstance, follow the link to grab

yourself some merch.

Orders close at midnight on Friday March 23rd



Following the success of OxArch winning best society three years running, we require your input to retain this title as well as looking to win an additional award of best series of events for our lecture series.

The feedback relies on quality not quantity so please use the link below to fill out the questionnaire:

Thursday 22nd March at 2pm is the closing time for the vote, so get voting!

Thanks Oxarch Team

Have a fab week

- OSA team

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