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More from the Student Shows: Sustainable Design 3

Self-build in Nottingham, an eco-roofscraper in Singapore, a retrofit of Birmingham Central Library as an ecohotel, and rooftop allotments near Tower Bridge are amongst this year’s projects in sustainable design

In response to Footprint’s recent call for student work in sustainable design, below is a sampling of projects from the University of Sheffield MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies, the University of Nottingham MArch Sustainable Tall Buildings and the University of Portsmouth BA Architecture.


Trent Bank, by Eric Chancellor, Jordan Lloyd and Chris Matthews, University of Sheffield, with special thanks to Alastair Parvin and Architecture 00:/

Developed as a competition proposal for a former industrial site on the river Trent, Trent Bank is a self-build neighbourhood concept using principles from Right to Build and the WikiHouse open-source construction system. Following research into residential development strategies, the project trials a self-build community housing framework. Homes can be designed, constructed and expanded based upon specific needs of the owner.  

‘Trent Bank’ was awarded a Special Commendation in the Isover 2012 Multi Comfort House competition.



Eco-Roofscraper by Jue Shi & Pelin Gurkan, MArch Sustainable Tall Buildings, University of Nottingham

Shi and Gurkan’s slender high-rise residential and office project inhabits a site adjacent to I M Pei’s Gateway Towers in Singapore. Water management and rainwater collection were driving concepts, highlighting the country’s continued reliance on imported water from Malaysia. The building is designed so that during a tropical storm, photovoltaic louvers shut and rain trickles down the sloping facade to be collected every three storeys. This creates a dramatic waterfall effect, highlighting the region’s water issues.



Eco-Hotel by Eric Chancellor, University of Sheffield School of Architecture

Eric Chancellor’s eco-hotel inhabits the currently derelict shell of John Madin’s Central Library in Birmingham, preserving the urban icon whilst facilitating contemporary adaptation. A park flourishes in the remains of the atrium space to create a dramatic green pocket in the city centre. All hotel rooms are modular allowing for quick addition or removal should the structure continue to be re-appropriated.



Metropolitan Living and Learning by Grigor Grigorov, University of Portsmouth

Grigor Grigorov’s mixed use development proposal near Tower Bridge, London, combines conventional principles of contemporary urban design with an urban food production renaissance. 300 varied dwelling units, retail and restaurant spaces co-exist with rooftop allotments, vertical tomato farms and an apple tree garden to raise visitor awareness of the potential productive use of urban land.


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