Architecture students unveil city design proposals


Architecture students from the University of Derby will present design projects for the North Riverside area of ​​the city at Derby City Lab from 18-30 November.

Students, from the University’s BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Venue Design and MSc Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings courses, will present and discuss 3D models and posters explaining their proposals. The exhibit, which is part of their end of year project, will also feature a model of the North Riverside area as it is now.

Members of the public and local businesses will be able to visit the exhibition to discuss their ideas with the students and learn more about projects in the sector.

North Riverside is bounded by St Alkmund’s Way and the River Derwent, and includes Darwin Place, Derwent Street, Stuart Street and Phoenix Street. It is part of the Derby Riverside character area, included in the Derby City Masterplan, the City Council’s investment strategy to 2030. The site will promote direct links to Riverlights and the River Gardens, Cathedral Green, the Square of the market and Osnabruck square.

Dr Boris Ceranic, Senior Lecturer and Program Leader for MSc Architecture courses at the University, explained:

“Students were asked to come up with proposals for a high-quality, sustainable mixed-use development on brownfield sites that will fully exploit the waterfront setting. Research for the Derby City Masterplan highlights a strong view that the city center lacks open green spaces and blue infrastructure, which contributes to negative perceptions of the city. The students’ mission was to design a new waterfront setting with a dynamic pedestrian zone in the heart of the city.

Derby City Lab is a partnership between Marketing Derby, the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Lathams, supported by Clowes Development Ltd. It is based on the concept of Urban Rooms, which have popped up in cities around the world – including London, Amsterdam and Shanghai – to help local communities better understand the evolution of their place and engage them in shaping its future. City Lab is located at 19-21 St James’s Street, and the student exhibit will be open at the following times:

Friday 2pm-6pm

Tuesday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, November 24 1-2 p.m. – opening

Professor Chris Bussell, Dean Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Science and Engineering, commented:

“This is a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience working with the public and business stakeholders in the city – for most of them it will be their first time exhibiting work at the outside the University. Students will learn first-hand how to interact with clients and the general public, which will prepare them for practice, as public consultations are often part of the planning process.

John Forkin MBE DL, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said:

“We are delighted to host the exhibition of architecture students from the University and invite the public to come and see the talent we have in the city. Over the past few years we have seen real craftsmanship and vision in their work and I can’t wait to see their designs for North Riverside.

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