Just spotted these free downloads from Autodesk, including one that lets you stitch together photos into a 3D model; and an ipad sculpting app. Now we’re not ones to advertise products, but knowing AD these beta versions won’t be free forever so try them while you can.
We’ll post a review once we’ve tried them out!
Widow by Susie MacMurray
V&A and Crafts Council have collaborated on a fantastic new exhibition, Power of Making. Weaving our way around a jam-packed exhibition space, BCA was thrilled to see such a diverse collection of objects and machines, from craft to product design to new technologies, including our friend Adrian Bowyer’s RepRap.
The exhibition dismisses a traditional linear structure, preferring to place seemingly disparate objects side by side, rather than track the history of craft or neatly separate the different mediums. By placing unlikely objects next to each other, curator Daniel Charny is able to emphasise how techniques employed or even makers’ motivations can connect these different industries.
We were curious to hear what people had to say about this celebration of tinkering, so we asked a few visitors as they were leaving the exhibition.* Alan Simon, a Design and Technology teacher, told us that there is far too much emphasis on academic subjects at school and that the UK is not keeping up with Germany in terms of teaching design at a young age. Shareen Sange, a fashion student, felt that the exhibition pointed her to a range of inspiring new techniques.
The images are of some of our favourites, but go see for yourselves! Power of Making is at the V&A until 2nd January 2012
*in case you were wondering, um no, we didn’t stand outside the exhibition with clipboards.
Shine by Geoffrey Mann
Rotationalmouldedshoe by Marloes ten Bhomer
As the end of the school year approached and students were choosing GSCEs for next year, Rosedale College invited us to do a show-and-tell about what it’s like to be an architect and designer. We got the kids to design their dream school (swimming pools were a firm favourite – probably because it was sweltering outside), drew their designs in Google Sketchup, and created a scale model in our 3D printer. They were so intrigued by our piece of kit we could barely keep up with all their questions! Watch out for budding architects amongst this group.
Showing the students how to turn a 3d model into a physical one.
The winning design which we drew in sketchup and printed; classrooms surround a swimming pool and tunnels leading out to playing fields.
Watch the full film here! Produced by BCA, in collaboration with Visitor Studio, the film features Blists Hill Iron Foundry, automated Lost Wax Casting and Dr Adrian Bowyer talking about the future of manufacturing at home. Production Line is being projected onto an external stairwell of the Hayward Gallery as part of the Festival of Britain from now until September.
We just finished our workshop with Vittoria Primary school (part of Architects in Residence). We worked with kids aged seven to eleven, over the course of 4 Fridays, to make shapes and spaces out of milk bottles. The kids amazed us with what they came up with! Here are some pictures…
BCA worked with students to design and make their own building blocks using recycled milk bottles
The “castle” we built together
Other shapes the kids came up with: (above) a “person” shape and (below) “cross” shapes
Watch out for the Architects in Residence/BCA exhibition in May 2011.
Black Country Atelier is heading to the USA on a fact finding mission this summer.
From July 25th until August 10th, we’ll be travelling to New York, San Fracisco and LA to see all things workshop and design community related. We’re particularly excited about visiting Techshop in SF, and heading to Silicon Valley to see young entrepreneurs pitch for start up capital at the Founders Showcase.
We’ll be regularly updating the blog while we’re away so please sign up to the blog and you can share the road trip with us !