In collaboration with industry, our students work on 'live' knowledge exchange projects, such as digitally designed and constructed buildings. For example, our students work with Studio Bark on self-design, self-order and self-build zero-carbon construction system using grasshopper based digital manufacturing. In collaboration with the Royal Docks Learning Activity Centre (RDLAC) in Silvertown, students build an experimental prototype educational building, solving with Studio Bark the structural design, façade and green roof details.
Our student's 'live' Knowledge Exchange building projects produced one of the first ten ground breaking houses in Graven Hill, Bicester which was featured on Channel 4's 'Grand Designs', leading to an invitation to show a full 'U-Build' exhibition stand at the following Eco-Build at Excel, promoting 'U-Build' as a commercial system. In 2019 Studio Bark with UEL students adapted the 'U-Build' system to create 'protest architecture' for the October Extinction Rebellion in Trafalgar Square.
Students developed a series of construction options using adapted standard U-Build box elements and timed the erection, calculated fixings needed and load/stability tested each option before building the boxes and delivering to the Rebellion, facilitating peaceful protest, social gatherings, stages for public speaking and debate.