Lawrence Parent, who studied BSc (Hons) Product Design with Professional Experience, was named as runner-up for his ‘Living Blocks’ project, an open-source recipe designed to produce blocks that can support plant and insect life.
Lawrence said: “I would never have expected the small blocks I was producing in my back garden over lockdown to receive so much attention. All of this recognition and focus on the Living Blocks project really confirms my feeling that there is a definite need to alter the way we build cities that go beyond financial gain and focus more on biodiversity and our connections with nature.
“The feedback has given me the encouragement I’ve needed to continue developing the project beyond my final university submission. I’ve now set up a small workshop at home in order to continue working on the project and hope to soon get some dedicated studio space.”
James Tooze, course leader for Product Design said: “It is fantastic for Imogen and Lawrence’s amazing work to have been recognised in this year’s New Designers Awards. Both projects reaffirm that designers have pivotal rolls to play in helping to transition society, industry and the economy from an extractive; take, make, waste mindset to one of regeneration and custodianship.