This years NGD pavilion is officially open for business! Hopefully you can all make it down to Clerkenwell Design Week to see the marvel for itself. Those carefully painted pink ends, cute feet and the stretch of fabric flashing across all combine to create the 8th wonder of the world.
And just look at those happy and relieved faces of our volunteers who made such an amazing contribution.
…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!
We have an early release preview!
This year a timber lattice takes a ‘casting’ of the St John’s Gate. After Clerkwenwell Design week, the frame will be remounted in the nearby St James Churchyard to relocate a trace of St John’s Gate into a new, more publicly accessible context.
Like all retiring pavilions, Past/present/future dreamt of nothing else but returning to the wild to be with the birds, bees, plants and trees. And so it’s dream has been realised, finding a new home and new friends in the rolling hills of Kew Gardens. For a limited time… After which it’ll be put back in storage hopefully to one day see the outside world again.
It’s back! by popular demand Past/Present/Future has found a new home and in Kew Gardens no less! After 8 months in storage the cobwebs have been blown off and it’s been reassembled for the Botanical garden’s Easter Festival.
Be sure to get yourselves down from the 6th April – 20th April to see the beauty (along with all the other cool stuff at Kew).
And thanks to Jack at Kew, the Pirates and and last years NGD team for their hard work in putting it back together.
The London 2019 NGD workshops are over! It was beautiful, and we had some fantastic designs come through which we’ll share in due course.
In the meantime we should dwell on the fact that this year we’ll be in a new location – not in St James’ Church Gardens, but under St John’s Gate! Here are some students assessing the gate in all its majesty.
A huge well done to everyone involved in the NGD 2019 London workshops. A whopping 60 students showed up for the 2 day extravaganza(!!) which featured special guest performances from Philip Buckingham and Lionheart. Also huge thanks to our panel of judges Fiona, Peter, Roger, Sheeba.
Watch this space for more updates in the coming months and check out the project page for more info.
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).