Welcome to the 2012 programme

Woodland design laboratory, Snowdonia 2011.

We had a great time last year, making and doing: sharing and consolidating skills, hard and soft, imagining and developing new ideas. Ultimately just living deeply in the woods and feeling invigorated by the trees, the moss, the great views of the estuary and mountains beyond. The design lab was primarily about exploring material possibilities and spatial and functional intentions in as creative a way as possible.

This year we want to take the lessons learned from the pilot in 2011 to create new excellent events that explore site specific architectural interventions born of their habitats.

Please see details of our woodland design laboratory programme for 2012 if you want to get involved.

Feedback from the pilot suggests that while the open brief laboratory is a great model for development, some people are itching to design and build something from start to finish that they can really take ownership of.

A site identified at Graig Wen last year in need of some love and attention is the communal camp fire area. This needs re-imagining to consider it’s multiple uses throughout the year. Discussion of the design brief will await our presence there, onsite in the woods. We know that the design needs to provide shelter.

The project at Graig Wen will be developed over two laboratories in April and June. These known respectively as design lab and build lab.

And it’s the little things that make a difference, like the local Purple Moose ale on draught, gourmet vegetarion food, with the option to gut and cook locally caught fish over the campfire with Firefox Bushcraft. The course seeks a very human experience, one that is as low carbon, high impact as possible.

We plan to run another woodland design laboratory closer to home in the Dyfi biosphere in September. The location and dates of this are in discussion at the moment but the content will be an open laboratory in the format of the 2011 pilot. See photos from last year’s lab and read the blog about the success of the open process.

The Dyfi biosphere is a beautiful Unesco world heritage site.

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