Ecobuild is the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Kingston has been given free space at this year's event to promote its sustainability knowledge and expertise to industry. We are delighted that our new Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg will be visiting our stand on 1 March to meet staff and find out more about this important area of Kingston's work.
The display will centre around Rematerialise, the University's unique sustainable materials library founded by Jakki Dehn, reader in sustainable design from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA). The collection of more than 1,200 samples offers innovative material solutions which can have both economic benefits and less environmental impact. Hugely popular, the resource has become a catalyst for University collaborations with industry, including high-profile brands such as Marks & Spencer.
FADA senior research fellow Dr Paul Micklethwaite will host 'Talking Shop' with leading architects and designers – a series of workshops, debates and demonstrations that explore the challenges of sustainability. Paul will also launch his new book Design for Sustainable Change (co-authored with FADA colleague Anne Chick).
Also on display will be examples of Kingston's design-led research into sustainability and society. These include: Dr Ruth Rettie's CHARM project on behaviour (Faculty of Business and Law); the work of ArchiLab (FADA); Professor Hilary Dalke's research on design and dementia (FADA); and stories from the Faculty of Engineering's Sustainable Technology Research Centre.
We will be hosting a drinks reception, kindly supported by Vintage Roots.
The stand is being jointly co-ordinated by Enterprise Support and FADA.