Generation pop up – 2 weeks to go!

Education, Projects

Worried that the best of the summer was behind you? Worry no more for in just two weeks summer returns to Broadgate with the assembly of the generation pop up installation. Hopefully we’ll see some of you Scale Rulers down there for the build, but to give you all a sneak peak of what you can expect, here’s the latest CGI (thanks Jamie for the wizardry!).

Broadgate generation pop up

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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

Next Generation Design, Projects

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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.

The pavilion is open for business!

Education, Next Generation Design

Finished pavilion photo

After a final push by the whole team, through some miracle the pavilion was ready in time for opening today and even though we do say so ourselves, it looks pretty good!

Can’t say it enough times but thanks to everyone who’s supported us, all the volunteers that have given up countless hours and all the sponsors who make it possible.

Fortunately the pavilion is sticking around for a few more months so come down and check it out, walk over it and leave your message on one of the ribbons.

Scale Rulers let loose on the engineering world

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For anyone tracking our whereabouts two scalerulers were recently papped at the IABSE Bath 2017 conference. Not only did we manage to agree on which session to attend, we also co-presented last year’s pavilion project during a session about educating, inspiring and developing creative and innovative designers. A great chance for us to get on our high horses! You can check out our IABSE 2017 paper here.