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Matthew Volsen

MA work

New Humberside

Using the Humber Bridge as a basis from which large scale development can occur, the town of New Humberside spans the Humber Estuary in a bid to re-contextualise a political white elephant. By considering the historical narrative of the bridge as an accidental progenitor of a new town, the project deals with issues of scale, myth and landscape while aiming to live up to the optimism embodied within its creation.

Shifting from large scale gestural interventions to small municipal infrastructure the project makes the case for a new town in which former chair of the Humber Bridge Board and Lord Mayor of Hull (1980–81) Alex Clarke’s dream of luxury for all can be realised.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2015



  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Brighton, 2011
  • Awards

  • First prize, Helix Live Project Award