The Anthropobscene is here (digitally)!

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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.

Will there be a Next Generation?

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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.

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Awards Season

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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.

Structural Engineering Awards 2019

More wood…

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…than you can shake a stick at.

Well done and thanks to all the amazing volunteers and students who helped with the NGD 2019 build over the weekend! More wood, more cutting and more drilling than any project attempted so far. And the end result looks amazing so make sure you get down to CDW this week (21-23rd May) to see it. It won’t be around for long!