About the project
Newcastle University Library’s Education Outreach team worked with 36 students aged 12–14 from three schools in the North East - Sandhill Academy, Royal Grammar School and Ponteland High School - to create model Houses of the Future that meet the changing needs of housing due to climate change. These models will form a public exhibition at The Farrell Centre throughout the summer of 2023.
Using the archive of renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell as inspiration, the students were encouraged to consider how houses of the future will need to meet the challenges of flooding, strong winds, species extinction and fuel poverty. Tours, mini lectures and talks from academics from the Schools of Architecture, Engineering and Biotechnology, as well as bespoke tours of The Farrell Centre and Newcastle University's OME, all provided further inspiration to inform their planning.
Students worked alongside Newcastle University students from Architecture and Engineering to create their model houses. Their work was celebrated with an exhibition launch, which was attended by teachers, family and academics.
How do we build houses to encourage plants, animals, birds and insects to thrive?
How do we protect our buildings from increased risk of flooding?
How do we protect our buildings from increasingly strong winds and make use of it as a source of energy?
How do we build houses that consume less energy?