Short-term: Facilitating the design and construction of one or two small structures during 2014.
Medium-term: Proposing several small test–structures at the University campus and in the city. These will be used to regenerate certain areas whilst also promoting natural and alternative architectural concepts, in the form of a bicycle shed, communal rotunda or a bus shelter. Each of these small scale builds will symbolise dedication and promotion to low tech solutions in replacement of other intrusive building techniques, i.e. earth architecture and straw bale and recyclable materials construction. The construction of these can also be taught as a part of a group workshop to further administer educational experience closely related to the academic course and profession.
Long-term: Creating an “Alternative Technology Centre” where low-tech building methods could be tested, experimented with and promoted.
Our group formed in Autumn 2013, following a student workshop with EMESS teaching traditional Lincolnshire mud and stud construction, a group of students expressed interest in developing an independent group, which could develop an alternative practical way of learning, to run along side our Architecture degree course at the University of Lincoln and the group is focused on sustainable design.
WEEKLY MEETINGs & DISSCUSION PROCESS
Our Identity? … ArchiLOVE
What we could build? …Designs & concepts …Bicycle shed for university, Portable Workshop, Pavilion
Funding & Business Plan? …VAG, Student Union funding, University Estate Funding, Student as Producer Grant
Booklet, Membership & Recruitment … Poster around uni, leaflets, seminars and design workshops
Could we run a design competition?…Getting the whole subject involved in designs for a earth bicycle shelter to raise awareness of earth construction, could be judged by us.
25th November 2013: Application for ‘Student as producer’ sent
28th November 2013: We introduced our group and announced aims at EMESS meeting
23rd January 2014: We defy the odds and achieve ‘Student as producer’ grant, £1500! The planning begins…
17th Feb 2014: University equipment for testing U values, thermal values ect made available
13th March 2014: Moving forwards, Estate issue us with our site and plans develop, to the South of the science building on campus
9th May 2014: Great news! Successful application to UROS means we have £1000 more funding