One man’s junk is another’s treasure

Students from Sheffield's School of Architecture held a exhibition of work which was displayed all along The Moor.
Students from Sheffield's School of Architecture held a exhibition of work which was displayed all along The Moor.
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Sheffield students created an installation on The Moor to ‘get people talking’ about architecture.

The students, from Sheffield School of Architecture, used reclaimed and upcycled materials - including car windscreens and bicycles - to create their unusual designs.

First year student Marcus Hirst said: “The Matter Reality project was all about generating conversation in the city about architecture. So many people stopped to ask questions which was really encouraging.”

The exhibition is an annual project at the school, designed to teach students about structural integrity and limitations of certain materials in the construction industry.

The students had just three weeks to complete their designs, using glass, timber, concrete, brick, biomaterials, metal, stone, polymers and alternatives.

Course director Dan Jary said: “Students were asked to consider the sustainability of their materials, from how they were sourced to how they will be discarded - a cradle-to-grave design approach. Architecture is an expensive course, so being able to source free, upcycled material is a valuable skill.”