After a breakneck speed design development and construction process, everyone was delighted to see the People’s Pavilion up and in action at Here East! We were just delighted to be a small piece of the process with Beyond the Box Consultants and the rest of the team, and very happy to see the completed structure being inspected by the People, and used as a stage.
The domed structure represents a deconstructed planet; formed, fractured and reconfigured from geometric timber segments. When approaching the pavilion a complete dome is visible, but as viewing angles adjust and shift the viewer uncovers a configuration of concave plate modules pulled apart. The dome fragments are positioned to frame views out to its surroundings and enable movement through the pavilion itself.
The pavilion celebrates sustainability through its modular production methods, recycled materials and future re‐use; whilst encouraging people to rest and socialise within its bounds with a series of modular seats reflecting the structure of the dome.
In an uncanny mirror of the world we live in the tragic results of our real and obscene anthropocene brought us a highly contagious lethal pandemic, which made the traditional physical construction of a Next Generation Design pavilion challenging this year.
However, do not fear! In collaboration with the wonderful XR developers at Grimshaw the pavilion was created as both a virtual and augmented reality composition which can be explored online. The pavilion can be experienced anywhere using the instagram filter to drop it into your surroundings and move around as if in real life.
As the world as we know it crumbles before our eyes, how prescient do the themes behind this year’s pavilion sound?
Tackling the global climate crisis and human influence as the root cause of unprecedented damage, this pavilion showing our home being split apart by the society that we fostered seems pretty spot on.
Fingers-crossed London is still here to build it.
Our pals in Nottingham have made a book to explain their workshops, process and construction!
Take. A. Look.
We want to know whether our super-fun Scale Rule workshops are any use. So we have made some quizzes! You can read more about the quiz here.
No! We’re staying relevant. Or, at least, we’re telling everyone that we are.
Phil and Dan wrote an article called “Staying Relevant – new ways to assess engineering aptitude” for the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Journal about Future Trends in Structural Engineering, to make sure that everyone knows how relevant we really are. You can find the article here for free if you’re a member of the IStructE, and at the princely sum of £9+VAT if you are not.*
Here is a nice picture from our article:
*If you are not a member, email us and we can discuss give you a brief synopsis of our relevance.
This year there has been some fuss over The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering, or The Award for Structural Artistry – connoisseurs of engineering know that the real IStructE award of note is the Arts and Entertainment Structures Award.
Thus and so, it is with much excitement and fanfare that we send our congratulations to the Nottingham team of Next Generation Design Scale Rulers, who are the proud recipients of the 2019 Arts and Entertainment Structures Award from the IStructE Midlands regional group.
We have an early release preview!
This year a timber lattice takes a ‘casting’ of the St John’s Gate. After Clerkwenwell Design week, the frame will be remounted in the nearby St James Churchyard to relocate a trace of St John’s Gate into a new, more publicly accessible context.
The London 2019 NGD workshops are over! It was beautiful, and we had some fantastic designs come through which we’ll share in due course.
In the meantime we should dwell on the fact that this year we’ll be in a new location – not in St James’ Church Gardens, but under St John’s Gate! Here are some students assessing the gate in all its majesty.