28 October 2011

Architecture Students nominated for Small Project Award by the Architecture Journal

A number of Oxford Brookes University students, as part of the Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK) project team, were nominated for the sustainability prize at the Architecture Journal's Small Project Awards.

Architecture Students nominated for Small Project Award by the Architecture Journal

The students Jung A Park, Alistair Rennie and Kyle Bush, all undergraduates with Oxford Brookes University at the time, participated as volunteer builders in the project. The team was lead by Andrew Edwards, currently studying an MSc in Sustainable Building in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, who has been running the project on behalf of ASF-UK for over two years as a volunteer.

The ASF team attended the awards ceremony at the start of the year and found themselves seated with architectural giants such as Wilkinson Eyre, who only a few weeks before had been presenting as guest lecturers at the university. Although The Oxford Brookes team did not win the award, their project was noted as a stand-out entry beside other competition and also received praise for its 'edginess'.

The Building Plot Project at the Eden Project

The project, The Building Plot, was built at the Eden Project and was the first permanent building in the UK made entirely of waste. It was conducted as a research project in partnership with the Eden Project to raise awareness about the issues of excess waste in the construction industry and to develop more sustainable modes of practice. In the process of being built it would also act in educating those involved on new sustainable construction - a skill in short supply within the industry.

The structure was composed of waste car tyres, reclaimed timber, scaffolding poles and re-used road signs; all identified through a Harvest Mapping Exercise. It was built over two four-day workshops which brought together building professionals, student volunteers and probation workers.

ASF UK is an Oxford based education charity who aims to make community and international development issues integral to the practice of teaching architecture. To find out more on about ASF UK and their projects please visit, click here to see all the projects shortlisted for Architecture Journal's Small Project Award.