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Meeting Richard

Meeting Richard

The day had finally arrived. I was on my way to London to meet someone quite extraordinary, a person whose work I had studied during my time as a student at Hull School of Architecture and continued to admire throughout my career.  Within the field of architecture and urban design, Richard Rogers is regarded amongst the foremost architects and visionaries of our time. Winner of numerous accolades such as the RIBA Gold Medal, Pritzker Architecture Prize and Sterling Prize, his iconic works include Lloyds Bank, The Millennium Dome, Madrid Barajas Airport, The Pompidou Centre, and most recently with Rogers Stirk Harbour &...

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It’s official! Architecture is now recognized as STEM.

It’s official! Architecture is now recognized as STEM.

It’s something we have secretly known all along: Architecture is the educational equivalent to eating broccoli and goji berries. Let us explain… It turns out that architecture is now classed as a STEM subject (involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The US House of Representatives passed the Career and Technical Education bill in July 2018, following discussions with the AIA in the US who led the charge to pass the bill. What does this mean? Well, for the first time, the legislation officially considers architecture a part of STEM education. As anyone involved in education knows, STEM learning has been...

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Bricks to Blocks

Bricks to Blocks

Building blocks create much more than simple structures – they build careers. The hours spent playing with building blocks on rainy days as a child teaches basic building principles and has marked the turning point when many of us wanted to become architects, designers and engineers. This was indeed the case for us – and it’s presumably also true for the creator of LEGO Architecture, Adam Reed Tucker. Adam has decided to open Blocks to Bricks, the world’s first and only museum celebrating the history of three-dimensional building toys and exploring how they inspire the creators and innovators of tomorrow. The...

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TRAIN LIKE A MARTIAN

TRAIN LIKE A MARTIAN

It’s going to be a blast! Astronaut Abby and our friends at The Mars Generationare about to launch their third annual mission with their #TrainLikeAMartianchallenge. This is a week of non-stop fun activities that show the importance of STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art, maths) in educating the next generation and preparing them for an exciting future. You could even win some cool space and STEM prizes. Skip to the end for our offer, it’s out of this world ;-)  Here’s what you need to know. Train Like A Martian 2018 runs from May 14-18 and is a must for anyone interested...

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Arckit Kickstarter Update: What Next?

Arckit Kickstarter Update: What Next?

It’s been a hectic few months since Arckit Cityscape and Masterplan funded on Kickstarter. This was our first campaign – and what an incredible experience. We’ve been working away to put all the pieces together and bring this to life. We know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on the new kits, so we wanted to let you know that we’re 99% of the way there now. If everything goes to plan, we aim to begin assembling next week and sending the first orders out by mid-November. We’re really pleased with the results and hope you...

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Want to see what a girl guide can build with arckit?

Want to see what a girl guide can build with arckit?

Remember how hard you had to work to earn just one badge when you were a Girl Guide or Scout? Well, you can imagine how many talented young Girl Guides with skills badges came to IGGNITE 2017 (International Camp of the Irish Girl Guides). This was an inspiring group of very talented girls from across the world, united by the international organisation WAGGGS. There was such a vibrant mix of people, each influenced by different cultures and styles of architecture. We met young designers from Ireland, Canada, the Caribbean, Georgia and Malaysia, to name just a few, who all came to Rockwell College in...

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Case study: young architects workshop

Case study: young architects workshop

Young Architects Workshop is a nine-week youth apprenticeship programme designed to give 14 up to 18-year-olds practical experience creating digital 3D models for real-world clients. This year Young Architects Workshop modified our Arckit Education Programme and used Arckit to teach technical design using physical components and Arckit 3D digital components within SketchUp. The results speak for themselves: each student designed and built a model home from scratch to a client brief in just nine weeks. What is the Young Architects Workshop? The Young Architects Workshop is based in the Brentwood Arts Exchange in Brentwood, MD. The aim of this nine-week programme is to...

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How to light up your arckit

How to light up your arckit

This is one of the coolest and most creative Arckit modifications that we’ve come across. Dr Tracy Gardner and Elbrie de Kock, directors of the technology and education website TechAge Kids, had the bright idea to add electronics and light up their Arckit models. The results are spectacular and they are now sharing a step-by-step guide to show you how to do the same! This is a self-initiated and independent project by TechAge Kids. We would like to say thank you to them for sharing this with us.

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