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.
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?
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
This weekend Scale Rulers Megan and Andy ran a Straw-ctural Engineering workshop in Here East, Stratford to celebrate Open House weekend. They recruited participants of all ages to make their very own buildings, bridges and sculptures out of straws and paperclips and decorate them as they saw fit before placing their creations on our huge map of East London to help us crafterplan the Olympic Park area.
We were blown away by the imagination and creativity of the models, ranging from cosy straw cottages to sprawling sculptures!
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!
The NGD Nottingham team have been busy with design development of “The Social Shell” which will be going on display in Nottingham this Autumn. We think it’s looking really good and are excited to see the finished product. Watch this space for exhibition details!
We’re delighted to see after the success of the Birmingham project last year (Next Generation Design Brum) the initiavtive has grown it’s own wings in the form of MakeitBrum. Great to see this continue for Brum schools, and we wish them all the best in continuing the adventures.
Image credits: Rob Nield
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!).
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.