Sustainability Research InstituTe

Studio Bark have partnered up with the Sustainability Research Institure (SRI) located at the University of East London, supported by the Greater London Authority and the EU development fund.

Established in 2001, the SRI was one of the first dedicated sustainability research institutes in the UK and they have since built an excellent international reputation by applying ground breaking research and development in the real world.

Their work focuses on a range of emerging research fields and pressing urban and rural sustainability challenges and is centred on three key themes:
– Green infrastructure – spanning areas such peat-land ecology and conservation, the design and monitoring of urban green infrastructure and invertebrate conservation
– Resource Management – encompassing materials engineering, energy efficiency and the circular economy
-Sustainable Living – covering adaptive governance and community engagement and asset management

The SRI’s work addresses the critical issues for creating more resilient urban and rural communities. Their results orientated innovation expertise, state of art test sites and facilities, and cross sectoral networks allows them to punch far above their weight.

With the support from the SRI, the innovative facade design will be backed up and analysed to ensure that the proposal meets tests both environmentally and in terms of performance, aesthetics and durability.

The work undertaken has also been done in conjunction with students from UEL who have shared an interest in innovative, low impact design solutions, demonstrating the additional outreach benefits of this special project.

Following the initial body of research, should the proposal receive planning permission, further studies will be undertaken in order to collect research data on the unique combination of materials used for the building fabric.
Images 1, 2, 3 & 4, show the collaboration between Studio Bark, The SRI and student Paulius Vaizgenis. The images are showing how aesthetic options have been test against structural requirements and many prototypes have been made to help quantify and improve this very innovative project