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The problem with all this exciting construction and deconstruction is that it generates an awful lot of stuff (particularly bolts). As a floating ethereal collective, we didn’t have anywhere to keep any of it..!

Until know. Luckily for us Justin and the team at the Safestore in Kings Cross came to save the day, but kindly donating rental of a lovely unit for the Community Interest Cause! We can’t say thank you enough to them for giving us access. But we can try!

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Thank you Safestore!

 

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.

Happy Birthday Goldsmiths’ Centre!

Projects

Serendipity studio has started, and we’ve put up an installation tying together bicycle builders, 3d printed hubs to form this:

To celebrate 5 years of teaching and fostering craft in Clerkenwell, the Goldsmiths’ Centre assembled a crack team of creatives to bung some sticks together to forma nice yellow space frame (literally sticks bunged together, see prototyping here).

It’ll be up for May, go check it out!