The vibrancy and diverse research culture of the Bartlett School of Architecture is currently being showcased on various sites around London for the 2012 Olympics. The five installations by the Bartlett’s teaching staff were commissioned by the Mayor of London following a call for proposals for the Greater London Authority’s ‘City Dressing’ programme. Four teams were chosen through a competition between London architecture schools, winning four out of a total of nine commissions to university-led teams, while one team was selected following an international design call among practices. All projects belong in the Mayor’s WONDER series of ‘incredible installations,’ which aims to celebrate the capital’s design talent by displaying cutting edge architectural projects.
House of Flags
Opposite the Houses of Parliament on Parliament Square, Yeoryia Manolopoulo and Anthony Boulanger from AY Architects have built a large jigsaw puzzle comprising the 206 flags of the 2012 Olympics participating nations.
By Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez and installed at Victoria Park, UCL quad and Trafalgar Square, Boom is a social game where people can manipulate the units to add to the structure or build new ones.
Marcos Cruz and Marjan Colletti’s installation at Euston Square Gardens is a gazebo-like large decorative canopy structure to be used as a sitting and resting space for visitors.
Universal Tea Machine
This installation by Mark Smout and Laura Allen of Smout Allen, Sandra Youkana and Luke Pearson of You+Pea and Iain Borden in Victoria Park is a pavilion-scale adding computer that celebrates the British appetite trade, technological innovation and a good old cup of tea.
To rediscover and share London’s invisible heritage of streets, strange tales and forgotten stories, CJ Lim of Studio 8 and Matthew Wells of Techniker have created Tree(ee)logy located outside South Kensington Tube Station.