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Students show sustainable architecture designs to global audience at Expo 2020

Award-winning student designs which suggest how architects can address the climate crisis will be on show to the world at Expo 2020.

As part of its role as a founding partner of the Department of International Trade’s UK Pavilion at the huge global event in Dubai, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is putting on an exhibition of student work as part of the How Will We Live? Week.


The impressive UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 will host the DMU architecture student's work 

A selection of designs – all commended or awarded prizes by the Royal Institute of British Architects – will be on show as part of a three-day exhibition which starts at the UK Pavilion on Friday, January 14.

The work on show is a response to the Human Rights outlined by the United Nations and offers long-term solutions to ensure these rights are maintained.

The buildings were all designed by architects while studying at a range of universities, though many come from De Montfort University.

These include the Biorefinery, a design by Architecture MArch student Daniel Hambly. Which won the SKYHIVE 2020 Skyscraper challenge.

Defined by a unique set of tapering tubular forms, with office and residential spaces, gardens and atria, The Biorefinery is set apart by its mineral-recovery, biogas-production and wastewater-recovery facilities.


Daniel Hambly's Biorefinery design is on show in Dubai

Sited on Old Street roundabout in the London Borough of Hackney, Daniel chose the location for its high levels of pollution and the borough’s pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.

Other DMU student work on show includes Transient Plasticity, another design by Daniel Hambly, which would be built on the shores of the River Mersey and would remove waste plastics from the water, acting as an organism to break down these plastics and using them to remake into the building itself, forming its canopy roof.


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Fellow Architecture MArch student Tom Cox will also see his vision of a Battersea Sky Farm – a unique ‘vertical farm’ - on show, after it last impressed visitors to the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.

And Amina Al Thuwaini’s Waste Mountain, Leicester, directly tackles the challenges of overproduction and the need for recycling by creating a literal ‘waste food mountain’ which, along with teaching people how to manage food waste better, also acts as a form of composting.

Along with the exhibition, DMU’s Simon Bradbury, Pro Vice-Chancellor international and Dean of Arts, Design and Humanities, will be giving a talk on the practicalities of trying to achieve net zero in education as part of a summit event also being held at the UK Pavilion on Monday 17th January.

Posted on Thursday 13th January 2022

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