Ramboll and the LFA
Ramboll has participated in the last two festivals — in 2008 we organised the Greening Bays project and in 2010 we held the interactive Carbon Cube event.
With the Olympics rapidly approaching, the theme for the festival this year is The Playful City. The festival runs from 23 June to 8 July and we have turned to our graduate engineers for inspiration for our contribution to this year's event.
Graduate design project
Graduates were asked to create and pitch their ideas for Ramboll's LFA project. Working across all our regional offices, the task gave graduates the opportunity to undertake a self-contained and time-bound project. They were divided into eight teams and pitched their ideas to a panel that included RUK Managing Director Charles McBeath.
The project brief was to develop and present a proposal to represent Ramboll during the London Festival of Architecture 2012 based on the theme "Reuse/Recycle". The project could be anything; an installation, event, performance or exhibition. Additionally, all teams had to capture and record their progress in a creative way, in accordance with the spirit of the LFA.
Team C – Farmscape
Team C proposed a rooftop farm located on the roof of Ramboll’s London office constructed entirely from waste materials to promote the message of ‘upcycling’, or reusing waste materials to create something new. Growing vegetables in shallow and deep soil over the 320 sq m of space available would create a potential yield of 530kg per year. Produce grown would be given to local schools and charities, LFA visitors and used for office lunches. The farm could also be used as a venue for an urban farming festival and workshops promoting DIY urban farming.
Team H – Schools Against Waste
A playful interactive experience that engaged passers-by was the vision of Team H. The proposed installation was a xylophone constructed entirely of recycled materials and installed in a central London square. This would be designed with the creative input of pupils from a local primary school. This would not only promote engineering and music in schools, but engage the local community and actively support sustainability.
Team G – City in Flux
Team G proposed a structure with moveable parts that could be used to change the use of forgotten spaces. The interactive structure would allow the public to use it as they need, creating a space that was multi-functional and encouraging people to reutilise it as they require. Fabricated from timber slats and stainless steel, which is made of 60% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable, the structure could be used in a number of ways. It could be a temporary bar in the evening, an outdoor seating space at lunchtime, a partition wall or even a tennis net.
Team A – Plasticity
The Plasticity project aimed to raise awareness of the scale of plastic bags wastage. The team proposed creating a series of geodesic pavilions which would be constructed from panels made that were made from old plastic bags. The pavilions would be used to host workshops and events and moved for use at multiple sites.
Team E – Beauty on our doorstep
Team E proposed building an interactive structure that illustrated the journey of construction materials imported from all over the world to the UK. The structure, inspired by a popular children’s toy, would represent the sustainability of sourcing materials overseas and beautifully designed with an interactive element that allows the public to move the ‘material’ from its origin to the UK. The model would show the journey of timber from Sweden, aluminium from France, steel from Germany, glazing materials from China, and stonework from Italy.
Team B – 3 Points Downtown
The 3 Points Downtown project aimed to get the public to change their use of open space by creating temporary basketball hoops which could be attached to lampposts and signposts. Passers by could have impromptu street basketball games or even arrange mini tournaments. The fixtures would ensure that the basketball hoops could be removed at the end of one day and installed at another location the next so the experience could be shared with more people at another London location.
Team D – Urban Maze
Team D proposed an Urban Maze this is using London itself as a maze starting at Ramboll’s London office in Newman Street. Participants would be given a map with the road names removed and find their way around using clues placed around the map to find their way out. The maze would take people on a journey through the streets of London, allow them to take in its dramatic architecture and provide the opportunity to experience London in a new way.
Team F – Food for Thought
Team F’s proposal was to create a rooftop allotment and retractable roof for a local primary school. This would enable the school to keep the playing area free to fully exploit its rooftop space and create supplementary uses for it. The project would provide a fun way for local children to learn about nature and the environment, what constitutes a healthy diet and the importance of food waste whilst increasing the local biodiversity.