Over the last decade, British universities have expanded their recruitment targets and a rapidly increasing number of students given residence in the towns and cities that host these institutions is proving critical. Campus expansion and an abundance of modern, purpose-built student accommodation towers continue to emerge as seemingly innocuous responses catering to this growing in-migration.
Expanding on this mechanistic proliferation and the market incentives of higher education, Manifesto for a Studentopia positions the commoditised student lifestyle, priority-induction and resulting social partitions within a financially lucrative and cyclical initiative. Picturing the structures which might underwrite, profit from and ensure a continued tension between town-and-gown, this ongoing project looks to invite reflection on specific talking points and speculate towards their consequences.
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