The Green House project

Dean, Tanya (2005) The Green House project The Green House project, West Sussex, UK.

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Abstract

Dean’s design research and practice includes selected consultancy relating to the integration of sustainability as a key element of social policy making. Dean (and Gant) worked with Guild Care, a charity supporting older people and carers, to design and develop the Green House project in West Sussex. Based on the principles of landfill waste reduction, promotion of environmental awareness, local economic regeneration, and provision of training for employment of those who are disadvantaged, this action-based research project expanded an already existing furniture and electrical goods restoration and recycling scheme into a pioneering community-based social enterprise, re-use and recycling centre, retail outlet and educational facility. Dean's (and Gant’s) project was funded by a Big Lottery award (2005), and aimed to challenge perceptions and stereotypes of ‘dowdy’ charity shops through design of an innovative retail environment and an ecologically-sound recycling facility. Through renovation of a former Council refuse lorry depot brown-field site into the Green House, Dean (and Gant) were able to engage with a grass-roots activity-methodology, based on the topical concept of ‘product life extension’, and transforming sustainability concepts into realised critical achievements. Through the project, they explored methods by which disparate recycled items could be restored, remade and resold successfully, whilst developing the social, ecological and educational characteristics of a principles-based and integrated ‘waste-commodification’ service. Central to the Green House project was the construction of low impact architectural, garden and spatial design, including geodesic dome greenhouses and innovative multi-functional zones. This project was awarded the Association of Charity Shops WOW Award in 2005.

Item Type: Other form of assessable output
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability; WOW Award; Environment; Ecological; Social Policy; Awareness
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Faculty of Arts editor
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 15:47
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6668

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