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!).
And so, the circle of life continues, and Past/Present/Future is now very much in the
Past/Present/Future/Past for 2018. After a glorious summer in Clerkenwell, the Next Generation Design London team have disassembled the pavilion and stored it. However it may soon become Past/Present/Future/Past/Present, with it being readied for a new home (rumoured to be somewhere near here). Massive congratulations to the students and team for such a great project.
Here it is in its winter hibernation storage unit. Until next year!
Well done and thanks to all of those involved this weekend for the generation pop-up workshops. The culmination of the weekend saw the judges pick ‘A tree come true’ as the winning design so look out for a whole load of tubes and pipes coming to exchange square this September. Maybe even Mario and Luigi will show up…
1/3 of the Next Generation Design London team have been talking to the IStructE about why they do what they do. Well done them! All can be read here
We’re delighted to be showcasing Next Generation Design as part of an upcoming LSE Cities exhibition, at 8 Fitroy St.
This technically means that its an ‘inspirational solution, developed and implemented by individuals, local communities or organisations at grassroots level, that addresses challenges posed by rapid urban growth in London’. Phew.
More info available on the LSE Cities site here
Al Dente Engineering happened, with 50+ budding mini material scientists helping test our pasta sections in bending and compression before adding to our pasta cityscape!
Buildings were built, pasta was tested. Here are some snaps…
…and here are some very preliminary tantalising results, with no explanation! What do they mean? Watch this space for a proper evaluation soon.