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?
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 Scale Rulers back? You guessed it folks, the triangulated straw kit is coming out of retirement for another twirl. Only difference is that this time we’ve got 100,000 straws to build with.
On Saturday the 26th and 2nd Feb Scale Rule will be running workshops for the National Saturday Club at the Tate exchange making sculptures from straws. Check out our page for more info on the project (and rest assured, after the event we’ll have photos of more than just Dan’s lunch).
It’s gone! After 4 weeks of being lunched upon, and confused for a construction accident, the pipes have gone on back to where they came from. The circle of life.
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!).