Do you want to build a future?

Cove Park Build

What is the opportunity? GSA Students with a passion for environmental design are invited to apply to volunteer as part of a small inter-disciplinary team working with the charity, Cove Park, over summer 2021, to showcase innovation in design for COP26.

What is the project? A small cohort of students will work as volunteers with early career engineers, landscape architects and ecologists to research, develop and construct a 1:1 scale structure and landscape intervention at Cove Park in Argyll and Bute. The project is a collaboration with students and designers in Ghana, and will be led by Tom Morton of Arc Architects and Ghanaian-Filipino agrowaste designer, Mae-ling Lokko, best known for her work on mycelium-grown materials.

What’s the purpose? The purpose of the project is to explore the transformation in design, materials and processes in response to climate crisis and in the context of the UK Year of Water. It will involve a series of collaborative and self-led research and design workshops, construction activities and digital communication events.

What happens after the structure is finished? Once built, the structure and intervention will form the focus of a programme featuring live, online and hybrid events in relation to the impact of climate chaos on water – and what design & architecture can do to find solutions throughout the production process.

When will all this happen? The plan is for the team to start work in late May after the end of the academic year, design through the summer, build in August and hold events in September/October.

What would be my time commitment? The volunteer’s involvement in the project will require a minimum commitment of 1 week and a maximum of six weeks (depending on your interest and availability).

What skills are required? Digital, communication, and creative skills are relevant as well as design and construction.

Please note that Cove Park is a charity and this is an extra-curricular, voluntary activity, which is an opportunity to develop your professional skills and experience, as well as collaborate with professionals in the field and your peers from GSA and from Ghana.

More information will become available. If you would to make an initial expression of interest in this opportunity, by Monday 17th May, you should send your curriculum vitae and a short personal statement (of no more than 250 words) outlining why you want to be part of this project to Libby Anson