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Wednesday 12 June 2024

Brighton's Newest Architects, Designers & Design Historians Showcase Their Work @ End Of Year Show

Architecture to tackle loneliness, sustainable building solutions and technology to help patient recovery on show at University of Brighton student exhibition.

The show is the second of the University's Summer Shows and features the work of over 350 talented students from the School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering and the School of Humanities and Social Science.

The exhibition includes final projects from graduating undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as work from students who are at an earlier stage of their design journey, with examples from every year of each course. 

Exhibits include an augmented reality based video game developed by Product Design BSc (Hons) student, Hanna Harings-Mahendra, designed to improve physiotherapy outcomes for patients undergoing injury rehabilitation.

Hanna said: 

"I found that many patients undergoing physiotherapy do not actually complete the exercises so I wanted to figure out a way of how to make the process more enjoyable so that people would want to do their exercises. 

"My project gamifies the rehabilitation exercises set by the NHS."

She added: 

"Studying at Brighton has been enlightening. I never thought I'd go into game development, but here we are, and I love it! 

"The key is to keep an open mind to all possibilities because you never know what you might end up doing and enjoying."

Architecture BA(Hons) graduate Jamie Singleton's "Craft Barn" uses a cricket pavilion at Sidley Cricket Club in Bexhill-on-Sea, craft space, and a pub built from local waste materials to tackle elderly loneliness and depression in farmers through social engagement. The "Craft Barn" integrates different facilities to ensure the proper usage.

Jamie said: 

"My focus was to use super-local material, while adhering to requirements to create something that's all about rearranging a landscape rather than using high energy extracting materials to create a building. 

"How could you take things used that might be dumped or declared as waste by other buildings or processes and utilise them and reformat them into becoming a building? It's been fantastic!"

Sustainable Design (MA) student Jesse Mugambi's final year project has already won plaudits. His idea to build a music studio and nightclub from decommissioned shipping containers in his native Kenya won him 50,000 Euros prize money in a global design competition.

His "Studio Can-V" project beat over 300 submissions from 50 countries to be named joint-winner of the Jägermeister's #SaveThe Night competition, which supports nightlife projects around the world.

The End of Year Show also includes work from students studying on the History of Art and Design programme. 

Their work includes research on Victorian advertising and mourning dress and young women's DIY fashion in 60s/70s.

The exhibition is open to the public from this Saturday and continues till June 15th. Doors will open from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 12pm to 4pm on weekends.  

by: Mike Cobley




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