From Monday 24 September, something very special is arriving at Broadgate’s Exchange Square…
In collaboration with The City Centre (the City of London’s Centre for the Built Environment), we challenged a team of London school students to design an art structure that tackles the theme of loneliness in London.
The winning design, A Tree Come True, offers a real platform for social interaction and has been facilitated by Scale Rule, a collective of architects, engineers and designers. Come and see it for yourself.
About A Tree Comes True
The project created in a collaboration between The City Centre and Broadgate, was designed to spark an interest in the construction and architecture world in young people, through free workshops facilitated by Scale Rule. Students aged 16-18 from London state schools competed for 15 available places on the programme (young Londoners from the local community with an interest in their built environment were encouraged to apply).
The final design was conceived during a weekend of interactive sessions in June where The City Centre and Scale Rule led participants through a series of challenges. Students were asked to respond to a brief to tackle the growing issue of isolation in the capital. (A recent ComRes survey found 52% of Londoners feel lonely, making the city Britain’s loneliest place.)
How it came about
Their design, A Tree Come True, is a piece of art which is also a focal point for social interaction, helping the public engage with the place they are walking through, form lasting memories and create exciting new encounters. It was chosen by judges Peter Murray (NLA Chairman), Sinead Conneely (Engineer, AKT II), Caroline Cole (director, Colander Associates) and Benjamin O’Connor (director, The City Centre).
Students involved in the initial workshops were also invited back to contribute to the construction of the piece, managed by The City Centre and Scale Rule. Materials from the Broadgate site will be donated by Sir Robert McAlpine for use in the build. Keep watching this space for more information as it pops up in Exchange Square…
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Photography by Juliana Vasquez