Design Statement

I’m an architect and designer,  interrogating the role of the architect and looking at ways in which my work can enhance the environment for everyone. My work ranges from intricate small scale design to city-sized interventions, and covers everything in between.

My designs have won awards from Sustain UK and What Design Can Do and have been featured in the London Design Biennale, London Design Festival, Dutch Design Week and Het Nieuwe Insituut.

Power Plant

The world’s population is growing, and so is the demand for food production. How can we feed the world’s increasing population in a sustainable and ecological way?
New technologies make controlled farming more efficient, but require  considerable amounts of energy. How can we re-establish our relationship with nature using modern technologies? How can we design technologies and integrate them more naturally into our daily environment? Every hour we  receive enough sunlight to provide the world with enough electricity for an entire year. What if we could tackle both our world’s energy and food problem? What if we can harvest both electricity and food within one system using the power of the sun?

Power Plant uses transparent solar cells to power its indoor climate; harvesting both food and electricity. By 2050, 2.5 billion people will live in cities; placing Power Plant onto rooftops reduces food miles by growing food to supply directly to the location it will be consumed in.

A Power Plant prototype was exhibited at London Design Biennale and Dutch Design Week.

Photography

India

Iceland

Nepal

Japan

Japan

Contact

If you’d like to hear more about my work please email me at:

emma.f.elston@googlemail.com