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Look Up!

The Royal Institute of British Architects
08 October 2017

Have you noticed most Londoners look down while on their way to work?

Join us in this journey that will focus on looking upwards, at the skyline of London, focusing on details of any natural and built landmarks.

We will start our stroll from Potters Field Park making our way to the Tate Modern. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged – we will have the opportunity to dive into the secrets of smartphone photography. No previous experience is needed.

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Architecture for Insects
Hands-On Workshop

Architecture for Insects

Where do insects reside over the winter months?

Wasps, ladybugs and millipedes might be small in size but they are mighty in power: they do a great job of protecting our gardens from pests, they help with pollination and contribute to making a healthy ecosystem work. Winter months are tough for them, but if a hotel is anywhere near, you can be sure that they will be more than happy to check in and stay there till springtime arrives!

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A Jungle Box
Hands-On Workshop

A Jungle Box

A jungle box is a simple DIY storage box inspired and illustrated with photos of nature and plants. I also like calling it a Pandora’s box, because you can store all those small bits and pieces in it that you wouldn’t know where to keep otherwise. It’s basically a home for all the hairgrips, beads, hair bands, rubber bands, single earring studs, etc., that are usually spread around all over the place in our drawers.

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The Beauty of Dried Flowers
Hands-On Workshop

The Beauty of Dried Flowers

Dried flowers are a great way to make blooms last forever and turn them into permanent decorations for your home. There are different ways to dry your flowers (some even involve heating them up in a microwave) but for the purposes of our workshop with St.Luke’s Community Centre we simply hung the individual stems upside down and waited for the moisture to evaporate. This process lasted for three to five weeks, and by the time we ran the workshop we had a good range of flowers to choose from for our compositions.

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Fruitopolis: Your Five-Shapes-a-Day!
Hands-On Workshop

Fruitopolis: Your Five-Shapes-a-Day!

“Welcome to sunny Fruitopolis! The greenest city in the world, where fruits grow almost everywhere: from trees and shrubs to the surfaces of buildings, walls and roofs! As residents of Fruitopolis we are very passionate about, and proud of, our fruit production. We are always looking for new species to grow on our vertical walls”.

In this Hands-On Workshop we designed and made our very own 3D paper sculptures of exotic fruits, based on five different shapes.

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Crafternoon Tea
Hands-On Workshop

Crafternoon Tea

St. Luke’s Community Centre in Islington runs an art club for the over 50s that needed a bit of extra help to encourage its members to get together. With a beautiful green terrace on the first floor, we decided to combine crafts with a welcoming drink and a visit to the garden to be inspired by the plants blooming there.

We had an hour of a relaxed crafting over a cup of tea, exchanged news, admired the spring blossoms and created mini-bouquets to hang up on the wall.

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Blossoms: Death
Hands-On Workshop

Blossoms: Death

Whilst we all admire plants when in bloom, garden designers and architects also embrace the decay of flowers: stems, seed pods and stalks add structure to the overall garden composition, regardless of their stage of life.

In this Hands-On Workshop we focused on colour, texture, form and structure. We observed a dried out flower bouquet. We drew our attention to the parts of flowers that make them look beautiful, even when dried out.

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Blossoms: Still Life
Hands-On Workshop

Blossoms: Still Life

Flowers play an important role in the world of gardening. In their early days they add colour, texture and smell, and they become vital nutritional elements for our gardens once they fade.

In this Hands-On Workshop we observed a flower bouquet from the first day it bloomed. We explored colour, texture, form and structure.

A variety of media was used and we discussed how to develop our own individual style further.

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How To Grow Food in Your Flat
Design Masterclass

How To Grow Food in Your Flat

Ever complained that you don’t own enough space to grow a plant?

In this ten-week project, together with the Swanlea School, in east London, we addressed the possibilities for growing food in council flats in Whitechapel. We came up with a proposal for maximising the potential of the balconies of the flats, using every nook and cranny to create a flexible, tidy and green outdoor space.

The project was part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2016 ‘Green Plan It’ Challenge: it won first prize, for best concept and execution.

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How To Build a School Allotment
Design Masterclass

How To Build a School Allotment

Where does food come from? Why are bees and worms useful?

Lowfield Primary School, Sheffield, participated in a food-growing programme launched by Groundwork and the Green Box Group. With the help of students from Year 1 to Year 6 we designed and set up an outdoor growing area that would be used as a teaching tool, enabling students to learn about producing vegetables and healthy food.

The design and construction of the allotment was a team project with Deborah Scholey of Groundwork, teaching staff of Lowfield Primary School and volunteers from the University of Sheffield.

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