George was unable to attend the celebration event on 15 September, but he sent us this message:
I’m really glad to have been given the opportunity to work with the amazing people at the architecture foundation, especially Ruby and the other Urban Pioneers. For the first time I’ve begun to appreciate the architecture all around London, and the design processes that led to their creation. I particularly enjoyed visiting the Olympic site and learning about their plans for the stadium after 2012. I’m very grateful for the time the workshop leaders spent teaching me and the other Urban Pioneers. It’s been great getting to know the city I still consider to be my home. I wish I could be there for the launch but I’m already back to work in Scotland. I look forward to being back in London during the October holidays.
On 15 September, The Architecture Foundation's latest group of Urban Pioneers presented their work from this summer's education programme at The AF project space.
Speaking to a packed room, Alex, Anthony, Ciarra and Vanessa talked about the ten days they spent with architects, engineers, planners, artists, filmmakers and radio producers exploring the architecture between Tower and Blackfriars bridges. In a discussion chaired by Paul Harrington from Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Pioneers contemplated the area's good and bad urban design and described how the programme has influenced their plans for their future careers. The audience also heard from More London's Fergus Low and saw the premiere of the Pioneers' film made in five hours. See the film here.
Photos: Daniel Hewitt / The Architecture Foundation
In July, Architecture Centre Network commissioned the Urban Pioneers to document its Discover the Greenway event, and to find out how local people feel about the 2012 games. Listen to their podcast here (to download, ctrl click and 'save target as')
To hear other audio made by the Pioneers, please visit the Podcasts page
I arrived an hour early, so I update my blog and caught up on everything that i've missed while I was on my National Youth Theatre course. Then Barney Sutton got here,Me and Tony have worked with him before (Opt happy) so it was nice to see him again! we started by watching clips of films that had a Bridge in the scenes... because that is what we have to involve in our film challenge. then we learnt about film techniques and the correct terminology. then we had to create the plot that we would later film. It was quite hard to come up with an idea that the whole group was happy with.I love filming and I know tony does, but Vanessa and alex didn't look so sure. Once we finalised our plot, we set off to Tower bridge! In the first scene I was behind the camera filming alex, all the cars where looking at us! my scene was quite funny because I had to be a street performer!I had to stand there next to a hat with money in and say my poems out loud. and we picked a good day to film,it was so sunny!=) in my last scene we had to find a stranger to play my mumThe whole day was fun, and a little crazy but i loved every second of it!
...I can't wait to be a professional actor! thats it from me Ciarra Nevitt.