UWE's Plan+Make Degree Show

Issue date: 31 May 2012

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UWE Bristol

Thursday 7 June 2012 17:00 to 21:00

A cylindrical take on the fridge designed to help reduce food waste; an ingenious tool to take the back breaking strain out of lifting beer kegs; a beautiful cot and carry case designed to make breast feeding easy at night time and a regeneration project for Stroud inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy are just a snapshot of the products and projects that will be exhibited at UWE Bristol's amazing Plan + Make Degree Show.

Plan + Make highlights the emerging talent of students from UWE Bristol's Faculty of Environment and Technology. The show includes final year work from students in Computer Science and Creative Technology; Construction and Property; Engineering Design and Mathematics; Geography and Environmental Management and Planning and Architecture.

Associate Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology and founder of the innovative Creative Product Design programme at UWE Tod Burton says “The Plan+Make degree show is a fantastic showcase of emerging talent within the faculty. The quality of projects, skills and passion on display is truly inspirational. I am sure our industrial partners and the general public alike will be as impressed as I am with the commitment and talent of this year's graduates and look forward to welcoming them all to the show.”

Project profile 1

Barrollby Benjamin Knowles

Benjamin Knowles, a Product Design Technology student, has designed an ingenious product called Barroll that takes the strain out of lifting heavy beer kegs - one of the largest causes of injuries in the food and drink sector.

Barroll uses an innovative method of transporting beer kegs. Barroll turns the keg into a wheel by clasping it on each end so that it can be manoeuvred without the need to bend and lift.

Benjamin explains. “Barroll can move kegs weighing up to 107kg, while maintaining full control and without impacting on time. I was inspired by water transporters used in less economically developed countries and rolling water carriers supplied by camping manufacturers. I also spent time at local breweries, Bristol Beer Factory and Bath Ales, and at the Inn on the Green in Horfield to develop my design. Barroll has been very favourably received by people who have tried it out.”

The Barroll will feature at UWE Bristol's stand New Designers later in the month and Ben's ingenuity has also helped him to capture a prestigious job at Dyson where he will be employed as a Design Engineer for new product development. “It's a dream job and I'm really looking forward to starting in August,” says Benjamin.

Project profile 2
Cylinder fridge by Sarah Torrance

Sarah Torrance is also a Creative Product Design student. She has come up with a new take on fridge design inspired by a plate rack she noticed in a restaurant. She says, “Square fridges make it difficult to view all of the food stored and, among other issues, this leads to an average of £450 worth of food per household in the UK being wasted every year.

“My fridge is a cylinder shape with doors that slide right back to reveal round glass shelves. This gives 180 degrees of visibility; the idea being that if the food can be seen it will be used and not wasted. The fridge also incorporates an integrated food storage system that comprises of dark drawers for root vegetables, and oven ready pots for leftovers that can go into the dishwasher and freezer. The glass shelves can also be easily removed from the fridge for use as a tray or to bring food to the table. The fridge is a standalone piece – this was a deliberate consideration as I think that integrating and hiding white goods has removed us from their purpose, if the appliance can be seen, it's less likely that the food will be forgotten and wasted.”

Sarah is awaiting the outcome of an application to do an MA in Design History at the Royal College of Art. She hopes to combine this with her freelance work at the Geffrye Museum where she has been supporting design workshops for young people during the past year.

Project profile 3

'co-see' by Emma Doran

Emma Doran, a Creative Product Design student has designed a cot and carry cot called 'co-see'. Emma was sponsored for her final year project by The Gro Company who she worked for over the past two summers as a junior designer.

Emma says, “co-see is a baby bed that looks at keeping the baby close to the care giver during the first six months of life. The design is about making the experience in the early months easier for the mother and baby, for instance by giving easy access to the infant to aid breast feeding at night through the fold down sides and the beds being level with one another. It also considers The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death guidelines to reduce the risk of cot death by encouraging the caregiver to keep the infant in their bedroom with them for the first six months for easy supervision. It suits modern interiors and is made of natural fabrics. The cot can also be adjusted to alleviate reflux and sickness by creating an incline.

Emma worked with various users and experts to ensure that the design met the needs of both the baby and mother perfectly. A patent has also been applied for on aspects of the design.

Project profile 4

Aquatic Oasis: An opportunity to broaden the recreational diversity of Stroud by Elizabeth Apap Bologna

Elizabeth Apap Bologna is an Architecture and Environmental Engineering student. Her project takes a rundown area of Stroud and transforms it into an Aquatic Spa that takes its inspiration from Dante's La Divina Comedia. Her project is beautifully illustrated with lovely watercolour paintings displaying a rare talent that integrates fine art skills into the more rigid discipline of accurate architectural drawing.

Elizabeth says, “I started off by identifying what I perceived from my research to be Stroud's 'five deadly sins': sloth, verdure, gluttony, pride and abandonment. I felt that the area is in need of regeneration and provision of a resource that would inspire people to live more healthily.

The building is an architectural translation of Dante's La Divina Comedia, representing a journey through a modern day Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The building is a mere reflection of the existing archways on the site, a representation of abandonment and a forgotten space. From here, a series of pools run out of the archways, creating an “aquatic oasis.”


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