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.

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!

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.

The Future is Here!

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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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