Student creativity showcased at University of Limerick exhibition

James Moran with his Smart Buoy project at the Design@UL50 exhibition at the UL City Centre Campus.

AN EXHIBITION celebrating the creativity of students at University of Limerick’s School of Design has been opened at the UL City Centre Campus.

The Design@UL50 exhibition, which is open to the public until June 1, showcases works from 79 of the School of Design’s final year Architecture and Product Design and Technology students.

The projects combine creative problem-solving with sustainable practices and include initiatives that aim to maximise quality time between parents and their children, reduce food waste in restaurants, develop sustainable camping solutions, encourage reusable product packaging and reduce fast fashion.

There are also projects that look at the role of data centres in the contemporary city and the processing of plastic waste used in construction.

Professor Sean Arkins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering described the exhibition as a showcase for the university and the continued commitment of its students to creating a brighter, more sustainable future.

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“Through Design@UL50, we hope to spark a conversation about how technology and innovation can positively impact our world. I would encourage the public to visit the exhibition and witness the impressive work of the students at UL’s School of Design.”

Professor Merritt Bucholz, Head of the School of Design, said that architecture and product design have the power to shape environments and futures that embrace diversity, sustainability, and resilience.

“Whether it’s revitalising neighbourhoods, reimagining public spaces, or creating innovative products, the projects inspire creativity, and drive us towards a more inclusive and harmonious society.”

Fourth year Product Design and Technology student Clare Whiting’s project aims to improve independent swimming pool accessibility for people with limited lower-body mobility.

She said the exhibition was “opportunity to display the skills that I have developed during my time at UL to the public and is also a chance to be proud of the person and the designer that I have become.

“I am excited to be part of this event, and to see the potential impact of my designs and how they connect with others. It is the perfect way to wrap up the end of my time at UL, before the start of what’s next for me as a product designer.”

The exhibition is open to the public until Thursday, June 1 from 9am to 6pm at UL’s City Centre Campus on Sarsfield Street.