BA (Hons) Interior Design and Architecture graduates have been talking to AUB after their London Summer Shows. Here Abbi Greenland discusses her work
Can you tell us about your work?
I started off choosing this competition called Creative Conscience, and it’s all about designing with a conscience and using our skills as designers. I chose my issue to be food waste and through my research I found that millennials are typically extremely wasteful because we’re not connected to food in the way that we were. I looked at the war and how when you don’t have food how much you really appreciate it.
I looked at what millennials want from this food experience and I created this experience that people go on. They start off at this olfactory discovery and it’s all about reconnecting you with your senses, so they smell different smells and then based on your own aroma profile you get recommended a meal so it’s less likely you’re going to waste it.
Then you move through to the city and it’s like a community where there are chefs to help everyone reduce their food waste as well as inspiring them to love cooking again. Then you move through to the sorting process and because there’s so much food that gets wasted, especially in London, it’s utilising all the places in the local area like the shops and restaurants, and taking their waste, sorting it and giving it to the public and showing them that it was going to be waste but is perfectly fine. It can also be donated to charities to help feed people who need food.
There’s also a restaurant that runs on a pay-as-you-go system so you just pay what you can. People who can’t afford to pay can come and have a lovely meal in comfort and feel part of a community. Then you go down into the digestion process and that looks at new technology like anaerobic digestion. It turns any waste that couldn’t be used into compost for the local city farms and also into energy so it can power the whole building.
Finally, you go to the seed library where you can plant your seed of hope of making change and there’s this idea of taking it back and actually growing food and watching it grow. It’s so amazing and it’s so precious but people forget about it.
How have you found your time at AUB?
It’s been really great. Very stressful and a lot of work, more than I ever imagined but it’s been so great. AUB is a lovely uni.
What do you plan to do next?
For part of our course, in the second year, we get to go on a work placement, so I’m going to go back there as they offered me a job. I stayed with them all last summer as well. It’s really good as no other university offers that placement within your university course. It was such a good chance to get experience because that’s what you need.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at AUB.