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Team Studio Weave and our army of helpers took home the trophy at the London Architecture Festival's Lego Challenge last week. Hosted at the Royal Academy we had just 1 hour 45 minutes to transform 15,000 bricks into 'a template for a creative city'. Begining with an 'ancient city wall' our scheme sprawled outside the confines of our alloted 2m square into the adjacent fireplace. Our multi coloured metropolis and infrastructure of monorails attracted more and more budding architects to the team and their eclectic creations helped us to use all 15,000 of our bricks!
Feedback from the Judges was that they 'like rule-breakers'
2nd June: Today Studio Weave and 00 [zero zero] announced that they are joining forces. This builds on a long-standing friendship between individuals in both organisations and a desire to work more closely together. The practices, widely celebrated for their respective achievements, have chosen to jointly develop a structure that will allow them to openly share their unique and complementary experience.
Combining their strengths and approaches, Studio Weave, Architecture00, Civic Systems Lab, Do Laboratories, and Wikihouse (among others) will form a new Trust, providing a common platform to underpin their collaborations. The growing team will use the sum of their expertise to deliver a diverse range of projects including the design of neighbourhoods, public spaces, creative workplaces, health and education environments, user-led housing, local economic development, social investment, and research into all aspects of the built environment.
Je is taking part in the Nimble Spaces conference in Ireland on Ways to Live Together: New Cultures of Housing. The international conference will be exploring parcipative design, spatial justice, social housing, cohousing and new ways to imagine housing in 21st century.
As part of discussions on co-production and cohousing, Je will be presenting findings from our ongoing RIBA-funded research into the cohsouing model.
The new year has got off to a great start with news from the Civic Trust Awards that our Smith, a tribute to the rich heritage of making in Clerkenwell, has been selected as a winner in the Pro-Tem category : a new award for 2015, which celebrates the positive impact of temporary structures on the public realm.
Hot off the (letter)press: our Smith has been selected as a finalist in this year's AJ Small Projects Award. The project is featured alongside the other shortlisted entries in an exhibition at the Building Centre until 11th April.
February sees a retrospective exhibition of the community workshops led by Studio Weave last year come to Milton Keynes Arts Centre. The exhibition also offers the opportunity to look ahead to the timber building workshop with local children planned for spring, as part of our project with MKAC to test and explore the potential of the forested site inhabited by some intriguing characters.
Our very own Paleys upon Pilers played a surprise cameo role in the final of The Apprentice (look closely). Next stop, Hollywood...
As part of our work with Rainham Hall, Studio Weave has been commissioned to design a new café for The National Trust.
The café will be the first port of call for visitors to the 18th century Hall, housed in the original stable block, which is being given a new lease of life with a brand new roof and carefully repaired brickwork.
We are delighted to announce that Lullaby Factory has been Highly Commended in the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.
Thank you once again to our wonderful client GOSH for supporting such an ambitious and unique project.