We are super excited to have watched a team of NYC-based architects and engineers run a great set of concept design workshops with two dozen high-schoolers at Hofstra University this weekend for ‘Building the Next Engineers’. It is great to be able to try out our favo(u)rite hands-on design-build workshop format in a different engineering environment, and even better to do it with such great high school participants, university helpers, and glorious site visit weather.
We had eight great teams with fantastic work, but we also have a winning design to take forward through design development and construction in the fall(autumn). Let’s go!
COP26 has been and gone, but the Anthropobscene pavilion project continues to thrive! With the Grimshaw Foundation and Urban Learners, Scale Rule were excited to help develop a workshop making cardboard small-scale Anthropobscene domes. Who would have suspected that these are hexagons and pentagons, eh?
Some lovely photos from Urban Learners’ Venetia and Anastasia here – and we hear open source workshop information may be available for use soon, too!
We are more than a little excited to have received support from a bewildering set of acronyms the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Futures Fund for our proposal to pilot an adaptation of the Next Generation Design workshops and design-build pavilions in NYC and Long Island in 2022 – Building the Next Engineers!
We will be partnering with Hofstra University and the Segal Structures Group as well as engineering and architecture firms in NYC to develop and deliver a workshops and design-build of a pavilion next summer.
Grimshaw Architects (big respect to Mr Andy Watts, in particular), Price and Myers and Sir Robert McAlpine helped deliver the original design by the students at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich expertly, and there is a very nice and informative press-release about it all here.
After a breakneck speed design development and construction process, everyone was delighted to see the People’s Pavilion up and in action at Here East! We were just delighted to be a small piece of the process with Beyond the Box Consultants and the rest of the team, and very happy to see the completed structure being inspected by the People, and used as a stage.
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.
No! We’re staying relevant. Or, at least, we’re telling everyone that we are.
Phil and Dan wrote an article called “Staying Relevant – new ways to assess engineering aptitude” for the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Journal about Future Trends in Structural Engineering, to make sure that everyone knows how relevant we really are. You can find the article here for free if you’re a member of the IStructE, and at the princely sum of £9+VAT if you are not.*
Here is a nice picture from our article:
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