It is here: the snappily titled First Weekend Of The Spring Half-term. This will be the 4th (FOURTH!) year that these noble days will host Next Generation Design, the exciting start of the process before a pavilion is built as part of Clerkenwell Design Week in May.
From now on this moveable feast shall be known as Next Generation Design Weekend.
Even more excitingly than usual, rumour has it that the CDW brief has changed! Where will it be? What will it be?
It’s gone! After 4 weeks of being lunched upon, and confused for a construction accident, the pipes have gone on back to where they came from. The circle of life.
We were delighted to be joined by students, volunteers and organisers last Sunday for the official ribbon cutting launch opening bonanza of A Tree Come True.
Peter Murray gave a lovely speech; the team who’s concept design was selected gave a lovely insight into their design process; and Phil and Laura aimlessly waffled about how happy they were that everyone was involved. It was all rather charming.
However maybe best to read about it on the Broadgate website, with some nice pictures too.
Many thanks again to the City Centre and Broadgate for making everyone’s tree come true this
delightful rainy weekend, a Tree Come True has finally been installed as part of Generation Pop-up!
Many thanks to all the students who took part in the build, expertly organised by The City Centre, our invaluable helpers from the fabulous Transitions.
The estates team at Broadgate have been unbelievably helpful, and we’re happy to have been able to reuse a spot of local site waste from SRM, too.
A Tree Come True will be up for your enjoying pleasure until the end of October, so enjoy it while you can!
And so, the circle of life continues, and Past/Present/Future is now very much in the
Past/Present/Future/Past for 2018. After a glorious summer in Clerkenwell, the Next Generation Design London team have disassembled the pavilion and stored it. However it may soon become Past/Present/Future/Past/Present, with it being readied for a new home (rumoured to be somewhere near here). Massive congratulations to the students and team for such a great project.
Here it is in its winter hibernation storage unit. Until next year!
1/3 of the Next Generation Design London team have been talking to the IStructE about why they do what they do. Well done them! All can be read here
We’re delighted to be showcasing Next Generation Design as part of an upcoming LSE Cities exhibition, at 8 Fitroy St.
This technically means that its an ‘inspirational solution, developed and implemented by individuals, local communities or organisations at grassroots level, that addresses challenges posed by rapid urban growth in London’. Phew.
More info available on the LSE Cities site here
Al Dente Engineering happened, with 50+ budding mini material scientists helping test our pasta sections in bending and compression before adding to our pasta cityscape!
Buildings were built, pasta was tested. Here are some snaps…
…and here are some very preliminary tantalising results, with no explanation! What do they mean? Watch this space for a proper evaluation soon.
Tomorrow morning Next Generation Design London 2018 opens with Clerkenwell Design Week! It’s a bit redder than previous years. And also more plant-y. We think you’ll like it!
Congratulations to the excellent London Scale Rule team who have pulled this together from the excellent student concept design with the inspiring and nimble-fingered help of a team of excellent volunteers from the Scale Ruler network, AKT II, Grimshaw and beyond!
(Extra special bonus points to The Edible Bus Stop for bringing the greenery in a last minute foliage dash)
It’s now only 20 sleeps until Open House Families, where Scale Rule will be running some structural tests on different pasta shapes at Al Dente Engineering.
After a 3 year hiatus since Upside Down Buildings, we’re looking forward to exploring fundamental structural engineering principles through practical tests and
messy edible small-scale construction.