Recession Drives Innovation at UK Architecture School

20 July 2009 (Last Updated July 20th, 2009 18:30)

With the architecture industry hit hard by the recession and building projects being stalled or cancelled, students of architecture are discovering new designs to revive the industry and their monthly pay packages. Final year students at the Manchester School of Architecture in the UK are

With the architecture industry hit hard by the recession and building projects being stalled or cancelled, students of architecture are discovering new designs to revive the industry and their monthly pay packages.

Final year students at the Manchester School of Architecture in the UK are trying to find ways around the economic crisis by looking at more experimental and conceptual work, rather than costly designs for the real world.

Students at the university say only a select few have got jobs this year as a result of the cost cutting seen in firms in the UK.

Designs they are now coming up with include a futuristic "feeding station" – a several-storey structure that allows crops to be grown hydroponically and animals to be bred for use in human transplants – or a library that links architecture with graphic design at broadcaster BBC's local site.

The hope is that these projects could help get new students recognised for their ingenuity and creative talents.

Architects have also been looking to give up the "magic number" budget for urban architecture projects and instead concentrate on indigenous, low-cost sustainable creations to see them through the economic crisis.