Architectural students consider reuse designs for carpet tiles
Published October 2017
As part of the Association of Architectural Educators Conference in September, Carpet Recycling UK member Greenstream Flooring CIC collaborated with students in a session called EXPERIMENT: 1000 Carpet Tiles.
Students of Architecture were invited to join fellow students from Oxford Brookes, Cambridge University and UEL for a 3-day explorative and hands on workshop at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture.
Using approximately 1000 reclaimed carpet tiles donated by Greenstream, the workshop worked to reinvent and transform the entrance lobby at the Headington Campus. The tiles were used as a medium for students to do a study on the use of public space and circulation flows with the end-result being a temporary physical interpretation of foot flow and use of open space in the built environment.
Students had the opportunity to consider potential non-flooring uses of tiles and to spend time manipulating and creating ideas, providing some interesting results!
Ellen Petts of Greenstream commented: 'This project was completely out of the box for us however we felt it was a fun and informative way to highlight how otherwise discarded carpet tiles can be considered, without the need for re-manufacture, as a potential architectural material in their existing state'.
In addition to the two Carpet Recycling UK member awards received at CRUK conference by Greenstream for Reuse Member of the Year and Outstanding Achievement, they were also presented in July with the prestigious "Value" award at the Construction Excellence Wales Awards as part of the 'Our Space' Team at Public Health Wales. Read more here:
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