Students and homebuilder explore ideas for the future

Architecture students at Nottingham Trent University have been working with East Midlands homebuilder Davidsons on a project to explore ideas for homes of the future.

Architecture students at Nottingham Trent University have been working with East Midlands homebuilder Davidsons on a project to explore ideas for homes of the future.

The students - in their second year at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment - started the project with visits to Davidsons Homes developments, where they spent time exploring construction processes, urban design and interior design with Davidsons design director Iain Pickering.

Iain said: "As homebuilders it's often good to be open to ideas from those working outside of the construction industry.

"Students are great to work with as they approach us with a range of interesting and creative ideas – they challenge us to think differently.

"It's conceivable that some of their suggestions might become a common day feature in homes of the future. We're always interested in what Nottingham Trent University's students come up with."

Over the months following the site visits, the students worked to develop concepts and prototypes, finally showcasing their ideas at the University at an exhibition organised by the students.

Stefan Kruczkowski, lecturer in Urban Design at the University, said: "We had a range of fascinating ideas – from living rooms where the TV came to life and your favourite TV characters appeared, not on screen, but in your living room - through to smart kitchen work surfaces that could be moulded by hand to create bowls in which food could be prepared and into which water could be channelled.

"Another idea was a 'foldout' home inspired by the Slinky children's toy – helping to speed up construction on site. Perhaps one of the most interesting ideas was a smart mirror that dispensed medication automatically – something that would ensure that people did not forget to take their daily multi-vitamin or prescription medication."

The project is a continuation of partnership work between Davidsons and the University.

James Wilson, managing director of Davidsons said: "As an alumnus of Nottingham Trent University, it's great to be working with their students and supporting research activity within the School.

"Recently we have appointed one of their Master's of Architecture students to join us as a full time member of staff working within our busy design team. We are delighted that through the future homes project we spotted some potential talent and will be welcoming Jimmy McAdam – a second year student – to work with us over the summer months."

Davidsons currently have developments in Nottinghamshire at Arnold and Rainworth.

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    For more information from Davidsons Homes contact Stephanie King at Davidsons Homes on 01530 261444 or Tony Tocker at tocker. on 0789 118 3510 or via email.

Students and homebuilder explore ideas for the future

Published on 23 June 2014
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