Beth Rodway: Highly Commended in Waste House Prize for Circular Economy.

More success for Studio 55 as Beth Rodway is highly commended in the Waste House Prize for Circular Economy.

The prize aims to promote a better understanding of the challenges presented to design industries by the ambitions of a a truly ‘circular economy’ and is open to students from first year undergraduate right through to PHD level. Judges look at how different design propositions attempt to fold in issues of designing for manufacture from inception.

Beth’s project looked at Carnaval Del Pueblo visiting Burgess Park each year with the intention of reuniting the Latin American community across London. This year the scheme opposed the negative effects a carnival may have on the landscape; by taking advantage of the 100,000 people visiting the park on Carnival day, collecting kinetic energy through sustainable dance floors, then storing batteries underground to supply the park for the remaining 364 days of the year.

Architects Baker-Brown developed the concept and coordinated the design and construction of ‘’The Brighton Waste House’ which integrated ‘closed loop’ design issues into undergraduate Architecture and Interior Architecture learning modules. The project has involved over 360 undergraduate students in the design and build process, including collaborating with apprentices and students from City College Brighton and Hove.

The Brighton Waste House is Europe’s first permanent public building made of material discarded by others. Baker-Brown raised over £200,000 of funding to deliver this project that involved over 30 commercial partners, other academic institutions, Brighton & Hove City Council, and national contractors The Mears Group. It is an ongoing ‘live’ research project currently being monitored by University of Brighton Environmental Scientists Dr. Ryan Southall and Dr. Kenneth Ip.

It currently houses the MA in Sustainable Design. The project has created over 400 published articles from around the world and has won 14 awards including a ‘Special Award’ from the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize which now funds an annual student prize ‘The Waste House Award for circular design’. Films and published articles about this project reside on it’s own website and it was selected as a significant Impact Study for the University of Brighton’s REF2014 submission ‘Research Matters’.

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