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Teesside students receive praise for outstanding work in University Design Challenge

21 July 2021 @TeessideUni

 

A team of Teesside University students have been praised for their design work as part of a project which saw them compete against dozens of other universities.

Students from across the UK were invited to participate in the University Design Challenge, set by TRADA, the Timber Research And Development Association.

The incredibly competitive event ran over 6 months and had 300 student participants from 39 universities and 27 interdisciplinary teams.

Students were asked to collaborate, innovate, and create future-facing designs which reimagined how residents might live and work together in low-carbon, and multi-generational housing, which met the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets.

‘Team R’ consisted of four students from Teesside university’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies and MIMA’s School of Art & Design.

The team were highly commended for their passion and historical references within their design concept.

The students have really enjoyed participating in this innovative project and have shown outstanding innovation in their designs.

Richard Sober

Neil Guthrie, development director (residential) of Sunderland City Council, commended Team R’s work, stating: “Team R in their presentation really pushed the boundaries with their concept of a village in the city, and their passion was evident.

“The scheme looked deep into the history of the city, bringing to life the traditional industries of shipbuilding and glassmaking into their scheme, these new communities, and the spaces they aimed to create.”

Richard Sober, Associate Professor in the University’s MIMA School of Art & Design, said: “The students have really enjoyed participating in this innovative project and have shown outstanding innovation in their designs.

“To be highly commended in a challenge of this scale is amazing and shows how well the students coped with an ambitious and challenging brief. We are very proud of them.”