The Waste House Award for Circular Design 2021 Winners.

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Waste House Award for Circular Design 2021. This year the overall winner was Mungo Chambers from our Product Design course.

The prize founder Duncan Baker Brown commented “This is the first time a product designer has won the Waste House Award. Mungo had a series of really well-informed well-presented projects. The judges were particularly impressed by his use of film to present just how design ideas develop and would be interested in seeing future projects make use of different mediums”

To see the individual winning student’s work click on the links below, these will take you through to the Digital Exhibition website.

1st Prize (£250) is awarded to Mungo Chambers Mungo Chambers (Product Design) for his ‘Framemaker’, ‘Cork One Sheet’ and especially his ‘Woodland Modify’ project. Mungo demonstrated a mature understanding of some of the key principles of the Circular Economy, namely an ability for products to be designed for re-use and adaption (The Framemaker), to take advantage of new, often over-looked. resources (Cork I one sheet), and his ‘Woodland Modify’ project that raises awareness of the challenges that the climate emergency presents our natural landscapes. ‘Woodland Modify’ is a wonderfully inventive project that simultaneously draws our attention to the real problems of Ash Die Back, while proposing an inventive tool – a modified retractable washing line measuring tool for forester to quickly identify uses for felled trees – to make the felling of these dying trees more straight-forward to avoid this timber simply being burnt.

2nd Prize – Vanessa Malao Nkumbula Vanessa Malao Nkumbula (BA Arch) – Vanessa presents a really interesting scenario set in the near future of 2028  where a cultural uprising that rejects the continuous ”strain of commercialisation and privatisation of land” and “seeks an alternative governing and economic model based on the collectivist culture of common land”. This project (Pookchurch Common of Broxmead Lane) proffers a detailed appraisal of the potentials for humans to ‘work’ the landscape productively whilst nurturing, and existing in harmony with, the natural world.

3rd Prize – Tobias Brown Tobias Brown  (MArch) – Tobias presents a new building housing a 21st Century Maker Spaces. Over time, as sea levels rise, this structure, sited at Tidemills on the coast near Newhaven, gradually assumes a new role as  a human-made topographic landscape inhabited by the natural world.

SPECIAL MENTION – We received a very well-earned nomination for Hollie Willis from BArch. Although only completing her 2nd year (Waste House Award nominees should be in their graduating year), Hollie’s proposals for adapting of the Red Lion Square building showed a very thorough understanding of Circular Economy principles as well as the issues addressed by the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.