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25 Jun 2015

Design School exhibition of street furniture inspired by 3D concrete printing

From 30 June to 6 July 2015, Loughborough Design School will be hosting the Breaking the Mould exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase models of seven designs produced by industrial designers, engineers and sculptors for street furniture benches inspired by the 3D concrete printing process developed by the School of Civil and Building Engineering.

The event is an EPSRC Bridging the Gaps project to explore the commercial product opportunities for this emerging technology. It involved collaboration between Loughborough Design School, School of the Arts, School of Civil and Building Engineering and School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Through seven quarter scale models and supporting panels and video, the exhibition demonstrates ways in which design-led research methods can be used to translate an emerging technology into tangible, useable and desirable outcomes.

Principal Investigator for the project, Dr Mark Evans, comments:  “The exhibition captures the creativity and variance that can be distinctive characteristics of practice-led research. Whereas the scientific method seeks right or wrong, research in the visual arts  thrives on diversity and uncertainty”.

Click here to view the event