Sustainability Library and Mobile Unit

A year 1 student project designed, built and realised by students on BA (Hons) Spatial Design London College of Communication University of the Arts London.
Supported by the LCC Staff Development Project Mode Fund

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During the academic year 2013-2014 Year 1 BA (Hons) Spatial Design students were  given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC.
Students designed a mobile unit to house sustainable books which can be taken to  different spaces for special talks, and design the space in which it would be situated in the LCC library. The space needed to have a recognisable identity, which people within LCC  would want to be a part of and that can be recognised both within the library and as part of  the mobile unit; we decided to use a variety of materials and processes to convey this.
Throughout the summer, Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton, BA Spatial Design year 1  students, designed and constructed the space using individual features from shortlisted  student projects and then collaborated further to create the space. During the year  2014-2015 the space and the mobile unit will be used for a series of guest expert talks on  sustainability and books organized by Barbara Salvadori. Spatial_Design_Library_Installation_Lewis_Bush (44) Spatial_Design_Library_Installation_Lewis_Bush (5) Spatial_Design_Library_Installation_Lewis_Bush (2)

Donations and materials:
LCC Staff Development Fund Project Mode paid for the materials and labour
Interface: sustainable flooring company donated the tiles featured on the floor and on the unit and shelf.
LMB: clothing recycling company donated the old clothing for the seats.
Gregor Garber, 3D Workshop Technician: donated the wheels for the Mobile unit from an old shopping trolley.
Barbara Salvadori Printmaking Technician: donated the chalk shelf that was previously housed in her office.
Kidbrooke Park Primary School donated a generous amount of used pencils that were cut and reused for the installation.
All wood was reclaimed pallets and reused MDF from the LCC scrap yard.
The paint used is sustainable paint from Ecos Organic paints and little Greene for specific colours. The white is from Community Repaint. composed image

Joy Williams
Ashleigh Nutton

Shortlisted students:
Kamila Rataj
Joy Williams
Sin Chi Cindy Wong
Kirstie Everard
Chiara Ravaioli
Shelly-Anne Newman
Yu Ella Zhao
Anna Koroleva
Ashleigh Nutton

Course Leaders and tutors on the project:
Valerie Mace
Silvia Grimadi

Project idea and development:
Barbara Salvadori (Printmaking Technician)
Silvia Grimaldi
Valerie Mace

Thanks to:
The LCC Library Team
The LCC 3D Workshop Team
The LCC Finance Team
Veronica Kingsley from Interface
Rob Bell
Steffi Nylen

Photography by Lewis Bush

Download the Press Release

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Read about the Sustainable Library project on inhabitat and Your Personal InteriorDesigner

Sustainable library project

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Our first year students are working on a project to redesign an area of the LCC library and turn it into an area dedicated to sustainability. This area will include a mobile library unit which will be used for talks by experts to display their selected collection of references.

This project will actually happen over the summer, and the selected design(s) will be implemented by September.

As part of the project the students on BA Spatial Design had to go to the library and collect feedback on their initial ideas from the potential users of their designs – other LCC students who use that area of the library. Our testing session was very lively with a lot of interesting conversations,, and some very useful feedback.

Here’s a blog post about this session by one of the students who participated and gave feedback – who happened to be a journalism student.

Two more weeks to finish time!

Conscientious Communicator

An inspiring symposium organised by Sarah Temple took place at London College of Communication on Friday 21st September. Visit the university sustainability website for more information on the strategy for sustainability and Green Week event, 4th to 10th of March 2013.

Staff and students were invited to this symposium which explores a shared and holistic approach to integrating ethical and sustainable creativity into the curriculum. It reflected on the good practice and current scholarship at LCC, while also considering the exciting potential for development and cross-school collaboration.