Falmouth students design solutions for the planet and its people

July 7, 2014
Author: Hannah

If you’re looking for something to renew your faith in humanity, make sure you drop in to see our exhibition of sustainable products designed by graduates at Falmouth University.

These young students have approached ‘sustainable design’ in its widest sense, dreaming up simple products that not only put less strain on the environment and protect biodiversity, but ones that make life more manageable for people, including the homeless, the autistic, and the visually impaired.

People viewing the exhibition at the eden Project

Products for people

Hannah Scoones’ Band-it, for example, is designed to help visually impaired people easily distinguish household products through touch and colour. The bright, grippy bands fit around things like tins of food in the kitchen, or toiletries in the bathroom.

Band-it prototype for visually impaired people

Kate Sargent has created a prototype to help the partially sighted get competitive! Her 5-4-1 race watch allows partially sighted to compete in sailing races. Worn on the upper arm, it features a loudspeaker and a contrasting LED display – all tested by Blind Sailing UK.

Race watch worn on a sailor's arm

Simeon Goodwin has placed people living on the street at the centre of his product. His neat little StreetPack includes a water container, health products, a hand-cranked powered radio and a light.

Catherine Reiser has focussed on individuals with autism, helping them to more easily sequence their daily life. Her Treasured Routine is a bracelet strung with beads displaying symbols of everyday activities such as brushing your teeth, having a shower, and filling the car with petrol.

Products for the environment

You can’t miss the impressive Kernow Karr at the start of the exhibition, a dinky hydrogen-fuelled car made of plywood. Designed by Ben Whitfield, Evian Davies and Elliot Beecham, the vehicle competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon this year and achieved an equivalent fuel-efficiency of 600mpg!

Then there’s Joe Costello’s Imminent City, a conceptual design for high density living in the future. The architectural models depict a society in which we live in tower blocks, fed by elevated farming platforms that ‘grow’ on the buildings like bracket fungi.

Architectural model

And finally, one for the birds: Aaron Breeze has manufactured Nest as a durable, low-cost birdbox for the declining urban sparrow population. Its bark-effect concrete face is designed to be ‘approachable’.

Sparrow approaching a birdbox in an urban environment

These innovative students have just graduated from a BA in Sustainable Product Design, part of the ZERO50 Sustainable Design Centre within the Academy of Innovation & Research at Falmouth University.

You can see their work in the Core building at the Eden Project until 29 August 2014 in a beautifully designed exhibition, featuring interactive displays that show students talking about their own work when you scan them with your smart phone! Entry is included in admission to Eden.

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