UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into an inspiring art piece Curran, Josh; Ferguson, Simon; Huynh, Steve


The purpose of the project is to investigate the possibility of installing an inspiring art piece in the New SUB Atrium. The design would encourage students to become aware about the environmental and sustainability. The specific aspect of the inspiring art piece analyzed that potential benefits between a large permanent structure and multiple small installations. The design must be constrained to fit either the inside or outside of the New SUB Atrium, as detailed in the detailed drawings. The research was completed by analyzing academic literature and reported media. The end result was the completion of a triple bottom line assessment (environmental, economic and social). Environmental analysis showed more benefits with the overall volume of waste reduced and higher amount of recycled embodied energy. Economic factors did not show any benefits or disadvantages for either. The social aspect revealed greater benefits from creating multiple projects of a smaller scale. The overall report concludes that based on the higher importance of the social effects, the resulting design for the art installation would be multiple small projects each led by different people. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

Item Media

Item Citations and Data


Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International