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Wednesday23 July 2014

Architecture student shows 2011: Sheffield Hallam University

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Final year architecture students from Sheffield Hallam University present architectural proposals within their home city

In the project “THE CONCRETE ORCHARD”, students invent and investigate a creative architectural facility that accommodates the programmes of food consumption and production of a food of their choice.

Situated within the social and culturally diverse and historically rich Sharrow District, the project tackles issues of food consumption and food production, with the aim to produce a net carbon neutral building. The initial research phase of selection of food type gave students an opportunity to explore these issues during their research into this subject and think resourcefully and creatively, incorporating a social element addressing the pressing issue of food production within the urban landscape.

The outcome is an intriguing hybrid of complementary building programmes ranging from a chinese tea-house, a rapeseed farm, a coconut harvesting centre and vertical orchards!

The degree show also features proposals for a satellite extension of Kelham Island Industrial Collection for the project “MADE IN SHEFFIELD”. The Kelham Island area of Sheffield already has an industrial museum which houses artefacts and technology that charts the history of the steel city. The project is an extension of the existing museum that displays the increasing
number of artefacts collected over the years.

Both projects, with sites in the steel city, features creations forged in its industrial past and galvanised for the sustainable future.

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