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Public bench making project, University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council 2013

Concept to Construction project

Scrap Wood Initiative:

In 2013, Brighton & Hove City council, in partnership with the University of Brighton, offered students from the University of Westminster (where Ana was studying at the time) a chance to participate in an initiative whereby off-cuts of locally sourced wood would be used to create public benches.

The Design:

Ana’s team produced a concept which consisted of a seat made from chopped logs joined together and supported by two long, thick wooden planks beneath. The ensemble is supported by three legs that have been crafted and refined from the wood supply into 4-sided shapes.

Suitability & Re-purposing:

As the benches built for the initiative were all wooden, they blended in nicely with their surroundings; a small public park that contains several trees and that is surrounded by main roads.

As the wood was destined to be scrapped, this exhibit served not only to highlight the issue of waste, but also how it can be given a more productive use than simply being scrapped.

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