Week 9, June 12th 2020

On Friday, Ali from TeenTech was joined by Tracie Easby from Atkins and Ruth Seabrook from Roehampton University who gave the pupils feedback on the buildings they’d created during the week as part of our TeenTech City of Tomorrow at Home programme.

It was another week of creative and thoughtful buildings, and we were presented with new ideas from imaginative pupils from all over the UK. This week we were also thrilled to be welcoming pupils from Nepal!

Our first building came from Edward (10 from Basingstoke). His Transportation Station is designed to sit on water and rise upwards, and would be cooled and heated by water running through the walls from turbines at the bottom.

There would be various different forms of transport so that it was easily accessible. Aircraft can take off vertically,  requiring less land on which to build, and the air pods would be for family groups travelling together to their destination” Edward

Ruth really liked the interesting idea of using sonic waves to propel a transportation device, rather than using a fuel to run it. Tracie loved the design of the engines and materials used to make the models, making transportation a lot more environmentally friendly. She also noted Edward’s great designs which help to get the ideas across.

Our next building was from  Victor (aged 9 from London) – The V-Eco Building (short for Victor-Eco)

It is amazing because it is eco-friendly, has a good view of the city and when the workers are tired after a big day in the office they can watch TV or go to the café or the swimming pool. In real life it would be built out of glass and white walls. It has a lovely view from the top’ Victor

Tracie and Ali agreed that the name for this building- incorporating Victor’s name – was really cool! Tracie said that the world needs a lot more relaxing places, so this was a very useful and thoughtful concept. She also loved the materials Victor used to create the building such as the little Lego models (which highlighted the sense of scale) and the amazing bottle top chairs! The waste reduction aspect of the V-Eco building is really important,  making this a fantastic building all in all! A big ‘well done’ to Victor  also for a terrific video presentation!

Nathaniel (aged 8 from Enfield) created “Sandy’s Recycling Factory of the Future

It has  solar panel roof; all the floors are well ventilated with windows.
 The ground floor allows a drive in / drop off service for the materials and  parking is also provided. There is an extracting and automated conveying belt for separating materials  which is quicker than doing it manually, on one floor  and another floor for making items .
 The 3rd floor is designed for staff well -being, with relaxation chairs, TV and refreshments.
  One really amazing thing about my building is the special sensors in and around the building to detect unhealthy levels of air quality
’ Nathaniel

Ruth really liked that Nathan chose to design a recycling centre as this is so very important, and although it was about recycling he had also thought about the staff who work there and their wellbeing- also really important. Ruth also loved the football pitch on the first floor and how this utilised more space going up, rather than using land space. Tracie appreciated that Nathaniel had taken on a problem from his own city and that he had been very thoughtful in considering the needs of the staff working there.

Our next building was called The Flying Leisure Centre and came from Max & Zak (both 9 from London).

Max and Zac are classmates and built two separate models , but designed it and built it together over zoom.
It’s special because you can live, shop, play sport, swim, slide and fly to different places in it. It will fly to any destination using the rocket booster technology and a Virtual reality controller. The giant TV will show the people in the building what is happening’ Max and Zak

Tracie thought their building idea was brilliant in so many ways! She pointed out that making greater use of electric cars was the way forward in a more environmentally friendly world. This building was multi-functional, including living space and sports activities which made it a valuable asset to any city of the future.  Tracie also loved their use of VR and that it could fly from one place to another! She was extremely impressed with the way Max & Zak had worked together over Zoom to plan and create the design.

Next came the Fedmen Boudin (The Green Building) from UMAR ( aged 10 from Leicester)

“Fedmen boudin” is a Croatian word, which translates into “The Green Building”. 
It is an Eco-friendly building for multi-purpose usage.  It has working space, residential living, restaurants, farming and a greenhouse.
“The design of the building is unique as electricity is powered by solar power; the materials used allow the building to adapt to hot and cold reducing the need for manmade air-con and heaters.
The building is built over a network of pods that allow efficient travel underground.  The materials used in the building generates electricity from natural wind and sun light to power the pods
” Umar

 Ruth thought it was a really interesting mix of purposes having work, home and food available in the same building. Also the very good use of materials to power and keep the building warm and cool when necessary, showed excellent  use of renewable energy. She really liked the idea of the pods that travel underground and was interested to know how they were powered. Ruth loved Umar’s idea of cutting down the food miles by using the roof, explaining that at the moment there is enough space on the roofs of most cities to allow food for about 100,000 people to be grown on them!!

 Immy (aged 9 from London) created Hill House, our next building.

It is built into a hill on stilts so that it doesn’t affect the wildlife habitat and animals can live under it (there is also a bug house) and climb over it. It also had a tree house for a dining room so that it has nice views and birds have somewhere to live.
All the furniture is made out of recycled wooden pallets so it is environmentally friendly. There is a door lock that recognises your fingerprints and sends a video to your point if it’s not you, and there’s a robot lollipop person to help you and animals cross the road
’ Immy

Ali loved the way this house is built into a hill! Tracie agreed, for several reasons. For example, being underground would help with insulation, keeping in the warmth. She praised the lovely colours Immy had used for her building and for making great use of nature and the countryside – especially important in the times we find ourselves in.

The Eco Station was designed and created by Joseph aged 10 from Milton Keynes

It’s the only high rise building that is off grid – using technology to provide a self- supporting environment:
Water – From condensation in the clouds
Electricity – from solar panels and static/lightening within the sky
Heat – from the sun via the glass / storing within the glass itself
Timber frame – zero carbon
’ Joseph

Ali and Ruth loved this idea for the thought and detail that had gone into it.

Ruth noted the materials Joseph had suggested to build it which would make it carbon neutral as well as a great use of water from the clouds when there is little rain and harnessing the sun as much as possible for solar power! Ruth really liked the idea of harvesting lightening and suggested that ways of doing this safely are being investigated. Joseph’s use of underground space for the cars was also highly commended!

Ada (aged 10 from Milton Keynes) created – Hanslope Heaven – our next building.

The building is made of glass, This makes the building fit in to the surrounding. On the roof you can find huge recreation area which is bigger than area of whole building. This means that people still have a lot of space to enjoy the outdoors. They also still can have a beautiful view. The roof top is covered by solar panels around so building is using mostly sun energy. It also has ecological sewage system. The resulting water is used for non-drinking purposes, for example looking after the green space on the roof. It is built mostly with steel, glass and vermiculite. The building is very strong, stable and safe’ Ada

Tracie loved the multi-function area of this building. She also commended Ada’s consideration of the eco properties in her design, for example the sewerage system and other aspects of the infrastructure. Tracie praised the actual structure and build of Hanslope Heaven – the struts Ada incorporated were very sophisticated, creating a wonderful structure!

Our next building was called ‘Green Towers’  created by Iwan (13 from Holywell).

What makes the building special is that it helps with several problems in my community including, housing, and is a building for the community to use, featuring new technology and using renewable sources to run it. It lets the homeless stay sheltered there and helps them get back on their feet.
The research that will be conducted in the labs would benefit the community and possibly the rest of the world’
  Iwan

Another great building from Iwan! Ruth loved the idea of a community building bringing everyone in need together to work and live in harmony. She also loved the fact that Iwan created space for the homeless and, not only a canteen to feed them, but also kitchens in their rooms so they can feed themselves as well, therefore helping people to be independent.

Ruth applauded Iwan’s use of rain collection which can be used in many ways, and the ground source heating which means you don’t need to have heating most of the time.

Bertie (11 from Hounslow) created  Eco-Home

This building has been specially designed to fit the current problems that we are facing at this current time. I have included things like solar panels, wind turbines, conservatory roof and many more. I have included these to enhance natural resources that are renewable.
I have enjoyed learning and solving ways to global warming and finding ways to help fix it and put an end to it.’ Bertie

Ali loved the design if this model! As well as it’s thoughtful construction, Bertie’s Eco- Home delivered a fantastic range of renewable energy sources. There was also good consideration about  potential safety issues and care about how it was put together. Definitely a good looking house you would want to live in!

The next building called Priford Stilts came from Natalie (aged 12 from Mold)

Priford Stilts” is an office and apartment building. It is a triangular shape, so one side is the offices and the other is apartments. It is special because of its design. It is a unique structure which stands out but it is also eco friendly. It has grass on the side of the building and it has trees surrounding it’ Natalie

Ruth loved the fact that Natalie’s building was designed to look stunning as well as being very eco-friendly. She also liked that residents wouldn’t have to travel far to go to work which saves on travelling time and is more eco-friendly. She loved that Natalie surrounded the building with trees, and grass grows on the side of the building – explaining that there are many new buildings now that are full of plants and trees to make them a better environment in which to work, but also to offset carbon emissions. Ruth added that Google are building fantastic new offices full of trees and plants: the new London HQ which is being built now has a whole park on the roof with a swimming pool, running track and many different gardens! So Natalie’s building is very on point!

Adam, Yusuf and Eesa (13,10 and 7 from Leicester) have built Sustainable Central

It is an apartment complex and as its name depicts it has the ability to make its own energy.There will be public and private areas within the building. It will include large halls to rent out too.
It uses solar power, wind turbines, electric eels and has backup generators with energy made by using treadmills in the gym. It has a floating garden which is used to make fresh fruit and vegetables and it also has a rain water harvester with a filter so rain water can be safely reused’ Adam, Yusuf and Eesa

Tracie thought it was amazing for Adam, Yusuf and Eesa to be thinking of kinetic energy within the design of the windmill! It demonstrated a brilliantly flexible use of space to make it a multi- purpose building and the use of electric eels to  harness energy is a first!! Tracie emphasised that it is always good to have back up for energy in case of power loss. Everyone agreed that the lovely floating garden was both beautiful and purposeful, allowing residents to produce their own food as well as providing space for fresh air and involvement with nature – essential for health and well-being.

‘My Sustainable Energy Efficient Home’ by Lydia aged 10 from Milton Keynes, was our next building.

It has solar panels and a wind turbine so it can generate electricity all year round, a recycling shoot and storage bin making it easier to recycle, a roof garden to grow vegetables, a magnetic charging board where you just attach electronic devices and it charges them using magnetic energy, a big gutter and water storage tank to re-use rain water to flush toilets and water the garden.  Also it has an area at the bottom for homeless people to sleep in the warm and dry’ Lydia

Ruth really loved the fact that Lydia built her house with all the best recycling and uses of renewable resources and that it has a garden on the roof – she explained that in the future houses will probably have less garden space as new homes are built with smaller gardens so having the ability to have it on the roof is an excellent idea! Ruth also really liked the idea of using the rainwater for flushing toilets and watering the garden – we can also use grey water from use in the house in the garden too.

Ruth also thought that having a section of the house for the homeless was a wonderful idea of Lydia’s saying that she believed councils should do much more to help the most vulnerable amongst society

Sara, aged 11 from Leicester created the next building – The Futuristic House

It is made of bamboo and other recycled products.  It is eco friendly. It has a garden that can become part of the house for hot countries where you cannot go outside in summer.The house is run using solar and wind energy’ Sara

Ali absolutely loved the idea of the indoor garden and commented on the fact that the use of eco carpet in the design was a good idea! Tracie also loved the sweating roof – a great way of using biomimicry in design! Using bamboo was also effective in that it is fast growing, making it an attractive sustainable resource. The screen walls in Sara’s house showed a great example of how to design and cut costs at the same time. Based on how you’re feeling that day the outlay and space can be changed!

The Celebration Co-Ed Building  in Kathmandu was created by students in Nepal

 Ruth and Tracie agreed that this was a beautiful, well put together building with amazing gardens around it. They felt that as a residential school it looked very well built with some wonderful multipurpose outside areas with lots of green lush planting so the children who live and go to school there would have a lovely environment to be in. They loved the Buddha meditation house – it looks a very peaceful place alongside the pool in the garden to in which to keep cool.

Our next building came from Basheer (12 from Hounslow). It was called Space Building, and designed to make the best use of space, inside and out.


 ‘My building is special because it is environmentally friendly and it is also very large. It has solar panels and is able to withstand turbulent weather. With the rise in population making tall buildings it will allow the reduction in too much building and more space for nature to thrive’ Basheer

Tracie thought that this building was really well designed with a brilliant use of props to give the idea of perspective. Basheer has succeeded in creating space through the consideration of weather patterns as well as the functions of the people living there which is very thoughtful. She, along with everyone else thought the Space Building looks like a lovely place to live!

 Safina (12 from Hounslow)created the Family House, our next building.

My building is a family house and that’s why it’s special for me. It’s colourful and I love colours .  It is can be a perfect house for homeless people, and it is safe for living. It is efficient in its use of electricity and water’. Safina 

 Ruth felt that this looked like a lovely home to grow up in, being bright and colourful, and full of wonderful things! She loved the fact that Safina had thought about how the homeless could live here and how it would be safe for them. She was also impressed that she had considered the efficiency of the use of energy in the home which is great, and the fact that Safina wanted to aim for cleaner streets and a happier, more helpful place in which to live.

Fatima, aged 12 from Hounslow, created the Eco – House.

My building is special because it uses renewable energy for electricity heating and water collection. I have used solar panels, solar panel heaters, and rain water collection system. Rainwater harvesting will reduce water bills, provide an alternative supply during water restrictions and help maintain a green, healthy garden’ Fatima

Ruth loved the design of this house with all the solar panels and wind turbines on the roof which enabled the house to use renewable energy sources. She really liked Fatima’s garden, being very pretty, whilst also using the rainwater to keep it looking good –  a great way to save water and also to utilise it in the house where you can! Ruth explained that if the Government keeps insisting that new houses are built by using more ecological methods, then at some point we will be able to be more kind to the environment – so well done Fatima!

Shakeel, aged 11 from Leicester, created our next building, called The Virtual Reality Rooms

This residential building has VR room.  When you walk in you can choose which part of the world you would like to be in.  It is Eco friendly and is made of bamboo and wood. The VR room has pistons and screens to simulate the place you would like to be’ Shakeel

Tracie loved the idea of being able to travel, especially whilst we can’t so much at the moment! She also commented that it would be great being able to  interact with other people also at the location you were visiting (who would also be in virtual reality), so that it could become a social thing – not just experiencing a place, but being able to experience it, in virtual reality, with friends and family, and maybe meet locals that way too.  She loved the fact that you can communicate with everyone – a simple well considered idea which is very thoughtful – some of the best and most effective ideas can be more straightforward! Well done Shakeel!

Last but not least came The Squirrel House by Anamika, aged 12 from Hounslow

My building is called the Squirrel House because it is quite small. The building is a living space mainly a robot controlled place. The robot controlled idea saves lives as the oven and elevator is controlled by robots. The oven automatically stops when food is ready and so does the microwave. The elevator sends alarm alerting the firefighters when you get stuck in the elevator’ Anamika

Ruth liked the fact that Anamika had chosen to design a small building – demonstrating that good designs don’t always have to be large and take up lots of space!  She thought that Anamika’s use of robots to run some of the appliances in the house was great! For example this could save a lot of energy if the cooking time was just as much as needed, and she loved the safety factor of the robots calling the fire brigade if the lifts get stuck. Ruth commented that it would be excellent if more people had electric cars, as in Anamika’s design – something which should happen as the price of them decreases.  Ruth absolutely loved Anamika’s final comment that it is never too late to change!