Tyres, plastic piping, bamboo and coconut shells are just some of the sustainable and recycled materials being used by Architecture students for the annual GLOW@Artweek festival on Devonport’s Windsor Reserve.
Nine teams of second-year Unitec Architecture students are in the process of designing and prefabricating a diverse range of interactive light installations for GLOW@Artweek, working to a zero-waste, zero-budget brief. The students are prototyping their designs in the Unitec Architecture workshops, studio and Building 1 Fale Courtyard before dismantling and transporting to the Devonport location.
Two Nissan Leaf G2 electric cars sponsored by Vector will provide the power needed to run the nine different light installations over the two-day event in October. The cars will act as a rechargeable and mobile renewable energy source for the duration of the festival.
Unitec Architecture lecturer Ainsley O'Connell says, “The designs for this year’s event are responding seriously to the zero-waste, zero budget requirements, with each team presenting a full disposal strategy as a core part of their designs.”
This is the fourth year that Unitec students have taken part in the GLOW@Artweek festival which is staged by the Devonport Business Association in conjunction with Artweek Auckland. It was one of the most popular events at last year’s Artweek Auckland festival, attracting 10,000 visitors over two days.