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Sheffield architecture students design with waste

Architecture students at the University of Sheffield have helped design a building made from waste as part of the Space of Waste project. Organised by free materials exchange website Why Waste, the project highlights the issue that about 13 million tonnes of construction and demolition material is delivered to sites but never used each year. It will use materials otherwise destined for landfill to construct a building, low in cost and environmental impact and high in aesthetic appeal. The building will be in Tudor Square in Sheffield and will be open to the public from November 12 2007. Both exteriors and interiors will be designed and constructed from material sourced through Why Waste, which is a service for Yorkshire and the Humber managed by Bradford Environmental Action Trust. Participating student Sarah Hunt said: The construction industry is one of the UKs most wasteful. By taking an unconventional approach to the design process we were forced to rethink the way in which materials can be used. Architects and designers have the potential to divert a lot of waste from landfill and create buildings and objects that are both beautiful and original For more information visit: www.whywaste.org.uk

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