Manifesto for a Studentopia
In the last decade, British universities have exponentially expanded their recruitment targets and the increasing number of students given residence in the towns and cities that host these institutions is proving greatly impactful. Agencies set up to cater to the growing student demographic amass profits while those businesses unbound to the institution struggle; this mutating of the local social, economic and cultural ecologies in newly studentdominated areas is part of a process known as studentification. Navigating lines of industry, neoliberalism and gentrification, Manifesto for a Studentopia attempts to frame an anonymous case study of construction. The tension felt between 'town and gown' is responded to via a fictionalised narrative in which studentification and the seemingly innocuous proliferation of student-accommodation sites is positioned as an initiative underwritten by a lucrative contemporary infrastructure.
Matthew Bruce • Katie Bywater • Emily Jones • Milo Lethorn • Niall O'Connor • Liam Richards •