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Sustainable Design MA: Student achievements

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Find out more about our students achievements whilst on the course.

Inaugural Mayor's Low Carbon Prize 2012

A team of students from the course have recently won the inaugural Mayor's Low Carbon Prize.

The winning entry centres on the idea of a 'green key' for new householders and property owners. Every year in London around 250,000 household moves are made and thousands of new businesses start-up. Every move is a chance to change, break old habits, and make a fresh start. When each move occurs, the new resident or owner is given a physical and metaphorical 'green key' – loaded with up-to-date information on green products, services and resources, to help them live more sustainably. The key gives people the information they need to more easily make lasting sustainability-informed choices at a pivotal moment.

The £20,000 contest, sponsored by Berkeley Group, was launched to inspire students to come up with innovative ideas for cutting carbon emissions in the city of London. More than 100 entries were judged by a panel including leading architect Sir Terry Farrell and Zac Goldsmith MP. The winning team of Martin Cobley, Jonathan Pye-Finch, Anne-Kathrin Schoettle, David Singer and Andre Vigil was supported by course director Paul Micklethwaite.

The winning students had also benefitted from the Green Growth Business Development Bootcamp series, also supported by the Mayor of London, held at Kingston University in November 2011.

RSA Design Directions 2009/10 competition winner: Liani Van Der Westhuizen

Liani won the The Resourceful Architect RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Design Directions competition. She challenged the role of the professional as sole creator by involving children and young people on the Cambridge Road estate in Kingston upon Thames, London (where residents experience poorer health than in more affluent areas of the borough) in developing their environment. Her project provided them with a platform to respond to life on their estate at a workshop, through visual responses and reflection, which led to ideas on how to improve their present reality and spaces, co-creating and transforming their aspirations for an improved environment into proposals for change.

Bright Ideas 2010 competition

Natalie Smith and Albert Mallari were one of four winners of the sixth WestFocus Bright Ideas competition which attracted more entries than ever before. Students from across the WestFocus consortium (six universities in the South East) submitted 175 entries. Some students entered in teams, bringing the total number involved to 275 students.

Natalie and Albert's 'idea' was a social enterprise responding to the increasingly important need to supplement London's consumption patterns with fruit and vegetables that are produced locally. A key component of their enterprise was utilising the vertical spaces in the city.

Student entries were varied in origin and style, including social enterprises, enterprise projects, and products and services with commercial targets. Online software solutions were popular; other examples included a vital aid for health care providers in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis and a social enterprise responds to Natalie and Albert's social innovation response.

The final event took place at the historic Regent's campus of the University of Westminster.

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