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Westminster Architecture and Environmental Design MSc students are runners-up at the Green Infrastructure Design Challenge

Planning, Housing and Urban Design 9 June 2017


Three students from the Architecture and Environmental Design MSc course at the University of Westminster finished as runners-up in the Green Infrastructure Design Challenge.

The Green Infrastructure Design Challenge, organised by the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) Network in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), aimed to change the way that built environment professionals think about green infrastructure, and to demonstrate its potential as a way to contribute to improving indoor air quality, resilience to climate change and staff productivity.

The Challenge invited teams to demonstrate creative designs which used indoor and outdoor green infrastructure contributing to the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff while improving the building’s energy efficiency and climatic resilience.

Deependra Pourel, Bernadette Widjaja and Karan Patel, studying MSc in Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Westminster, finished the competition as runners-up and were highly commended for successfully applying the scientific principles of green infrastructure to the Clarence Centre at London South Bank University to model the benefits of living wall and green ceilings, for indoors, and movable green wall for outdoors.

Deependra Pourel, who led the competition entry from the University of Westminster, said about taking part in the Green Infrastructure Design Challenge: “It was an opportunity we seized to demonstrate the knowledge gained from the course on evaluation and energy modelling. The competition entry titled "Adaptable and Green" introduced the possibility of integrating the concept of movable wall, cool ceiling and living wall in the Clarence Centre. It was a great experience to see the other presentations and learn the varied approaches and advances that are happening around in integrating Green Infrastructure into building design and construction to create quality design.”

The University of Westminster is dedicated to address the everyday issues of environmental sustainability by understanding its impacts and measuring its results. The University’s Environmental Policy outlines the commitment to continual improvement in environmental performance in compliance with legal requirements.

Find out more about the Architecture and Environmental Design MSc course at the University of Westminster.

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