Design students exhibit their work in shopping centre

February 2015

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Design postgraduates at Writtle College will be displaying their fascinating concepts for a prominent site in Chelmsford.

Master of Arts (MA) students in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design will display their Urban Territory Studio projects in the High Chelmer shopping mall from 5 to 7 February.

High Chelmer shopping mall has kindly agreed to showcase the students’ work for the design studio project - entitled ‘A new vision for Chelmsford City Rivers: Design Proposals for a Resilient Urban Landscape’ - which was run in consultation with Chelmsford City Council.

Lecturer Dr Saruhan Mosler said: “Students developed individual designs for a site adjoining the Chelmer and Can rivers on the peninsula housing the Essex Record Office. The region is subject to regular flooding and has contamination due to past industry on the site. The gasworks and the historic mill are some of the characteristics of Chelmsford’s heritage.

“Students explored the potential of this unique site that quickly transitions from urban to countryside. They have developed various solutions that support ecological, cultural and economic systems at a range of scales. A selection of projects showcase design ideas such as active public spaces, cultural hubs, playful gardens, sustainable water management solutions, ecologically-sensitive urban design, planting strategies, markets, site remediation and many more.”

The students will be showcasing their work on the western hoarding of the mall (next to the market). Each day there will be a group of students available to talk with the public.

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