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Student shows: Sustainable Design 2 - call for projects

Put your masters in sustainable design project online

Sustainability issues are permeating an increasing number of student projects this year. The AJ online guide to masters courses in sustainable design summarises courses currently on offer. To have your work considered for inclusion in the online guide, please forward images and a 200-word synopsis to

Below is a sampling of projects from this year’s University of Cambridge M Phil in Environmental Design and University of East London MA Architecture: Sustainability & Design.


Reclaiming Utopia by David Sharpe, University of Cambridge

Acknowledging Crossrail’s role as a catalyst for future sustainable development in inner London, David Sharpe has examined the challenge of local authority housing estates in Whitechapel as barriers to development. He proposes densification and reappropriation as an alternative to wholesale demolition, aiming to simultaneously improve the function and perception of the inner city environment.



Transition to a Riparian Landscape by Edward Barsley, University of Cambridge

With the 2012 UK Climate Change impact risk assessment highlighting flooding as the single greatest threat faced by the UK, Edward Barsley approaches the pressure of adaptation by proposing a conceptual costal new town in Par Docks, Cornwall, to enable increased interaction with the water’s edge, facilitating a longterm strategy for managed realignment.



Brick pot concept: vertical gardening by Nikita Pevnev, University of East London

Nikita Pevnev ‘s Brick Pot project utilises vertical gardening on underused and forgotten walls in London to green the city and reconnect observers with the city’s past. The project investigates how we can begin to merge historical and natural values to create a new urbanism.




Towards a multifunctional countryside by Tom Powell, University of Cambridge

Based on research into England’s shift to a post-productivist ‘commodified countryside’ and industrial scale agriculture, Tom Powell’s proposal for a small rural village examines how the farming industry and low density commuter settlements can start to work in an integrated symbiosis.


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