Tate Exchange: first half match report

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With the dust settling on the first half of the Scale Rule/National Saturday Club Tate Exchange masterclass we take a look at the main talking points.

Kicking off and leading from the front was our very own Steve, ably supported by Sinead, Laura and myself giving a series of inspiring lectures about our routes into architecture and engineering. The students soon stole the show though (despite Steve insisting the film crew follow him all day 😉 ) getting through thousands of straws and making some amazing sculptures which responded to an art piece in the gallery. The whole event was only possible due to our amazing network of Scale Rule volunteers, some 20 in total, so a big thanks to all of them.

We’ll be back next week following the second half of the workshops, feel free to drop in to the Tate Exchange anytime on the 2nd Feb, public more than welcome. And if you’re looking for more information on the project check out this link.

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The straw that broke…

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… the Scale Rulers back? You guessed it folks, the triangulated straw kit is coming out of retirement for another twirl. Only difference is that this time we’ve got 100,000 straws to build with.

On Saturday the 26th and 2nd Feb Scale Rule will be running workshops for the National Saturday Club at the Tate exchange making sculptures from straws. Check out our page for more info on the project (and rest assured, after the event we’ll have photos of more than just Dan’s lunch).

A Tree Come True!

Projects

Well done and thanks to all of those involved this weekend for the generation pop-up workshops. The culmination of the weekend saw the judges pick ‘A tree come true’ as the winning design so look out for a whole load of tubes and pipes coming to exchange square this September. Maybe even Mario and Luigi will show up…

Construction’s a Go-Go

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Construction for this years next generation design pavilion has begun in earnest! If you’re in the Clerkenwell area over the weekend be sure to drop by and say hello. The pavilion will be up for the whole of Clerkenwell Design Week and will remain in place for the enjoyment of the community for the summer. There’s more information on the Scale Rule website here and on the CDW website here.

A “Montrosity”!?!

Competitions

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So close yet so far. Sad news that our damn near genius entry to the Architectural Leagures Socrates Sculpture Park bench competition fell at the final hurdle (unlike the models in the poster, who fell at the first). We thought we’d be in with a pretty good shout with our idea for seating in the form of giant reshapable tarpaulin bags shaped like worms. But as they say, one person’s montrosity is another’s finest work (or something like that!). A full write up of all the commended entries can be found on the Architectural Leagues website and more information about the proposal on our website here.

The Future is Here!

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88mph

Huge congratulations to Laura, Annabel and the rest of the 88 mph team for winning the BCO nextgen competition to design the office of 2035! If you’re interested in finding out more about their winning proposal check out this article. Now all we need is a Delorean, Doc and Marty and we’ll be there in no time at all…

(Image courtesy of BCOimages)

Scale Rule research paper

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The shortlist for the RIBA research prize 2017 has just been announced. Sadly our entry didn’t make the shortlist (booooo). The good news though is that the Abstract gets included in the book of abstracts which you can download here and check it out for yourselves (page 41).

Loads of really good projects so well done to all who have been shortlisted and who knows, maybe we’ll be back next year…

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Here today, gone tomorrow

Next Generation Design

Sadly all good things must come to an end and so that fate befell this year beautiful NGD London pavilion. There was hardly a dry eye in the park as the pavilion came down in one epic weekend. Big thanks to all the volunteers who turned up to help.

The great news is that all* the wood has gone to a good home: either to local community garden groups keen to upgrade their planters, or to City Wood Services, an excellent organisation who collect, reuse and resell salvaged trees and timber.

*Ropey ol’ plywood treads are hard to shift for any sort of valuable reuse, so unfortunately went to landfill courtesy of Islington Council. If anyone has any ideas for getting another life out of the stuff, we’d love to hear from you so we can avoid this next time!

Well, Clancy that

Research

Although it looks like Dan won something, he sort of didn’t. His long and arduous read Disassembling Detroit received the Clancy Prize Diploma “for papers of merit related to the understanding and practice of the whole life management of structures including surveys, investigations, strategic planning, testing and subsequent works to the structure.”

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The actual Clancy Prize medal (medal>diploma) for properly special people, was this year awarded to Kalaichelvi Navaratnarajah, For his paper ‘Engineering towards a resilient world – managing client expectations’ published in April 2016.