11th – 13th April 2014, Lee Valley Velopark, London.
Bespoked is Europe’s leading Handmade Bicycle Show, celebrating the craft of beautiful bicycles. The exhibitor list for this April’s show reveals it will bring together many of the greatest artisan bicycle builders in the world, in an exceptional new venue at the Lee Valley VeloPark – home of the track cycling, BMX and Paralympic track cycling during the London 2012 Olympic games.
Exterior Architecture, Foster + Partners and Space Syntax – a team who share Lord Foster’s passion for the benefits of cycling – have jointly developed SkyCycle, a new approach to transform cycling in the capital.
The proposed SkyCycle network follows existing suburban rail services and provides over 220 kilometres of safe, car-free cycle routes, which can be accessed at over 200 entrance points. Almost six million people live within the catchment area of the proposed network, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of an entrance. Each route can accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and will improve journey times by up to 29 minutes.
Chloe Hamill utilises textiles as a medium for communication, giving a voice to those who are often unheard. She graduated from Manchester School of Art with a First Class Honours in BA Embroidery and returned there to do a Masters in Textiles, after winning AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)funding for her postgraduate study.
In the past Chloe has worked with refugees, children and different groups of women in the UK and around the world. One of the projects she’s been involved with is running embroidery workshops at Rainbow Haven in Manchester, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers, which provides invaluable support to struggling individuals.
UPDATE: Future Fabrics Virtual Expo has now launched. See here.
The Sustainable Angle will soon be launching the Future Fabrics Virtual Expoto provide year-round online access to a curated range of sustainable fabrics and mills. It has been conceived to extend the lifespan of their successful 3rd Future Fabrics Expo, which took place in September 2013 at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.
Our chosen theme was Eco Bag Art.By providing blank canvas bags and plenty of assorted art materials, we offered those taking part the chance to get creative and make a personalised bag, which they could take away and use again and again.
Designersblock and Southbank Centre held their second joint venture for the London Design Festival 2013. Designersblock took place in an expanded series of spaces across Southbank Centre, with exhibitions, special events, workshops, activities, installations and projects from over 200 UK and international designers.
Here, from a host of exciting and innovative features, we’ve picked out our top favourite eco & sustainability projects:
POP:EYE create unexpected objects using recycled cardboard. Starting as an experimental project, they have effectively combined the use of recycled cardboard with unique technology in order to create a range of cutting edge eco spectacles.
The SustainRCA Show & Awards is a celebration of sustainable design thinking at the Royal College of Art, London. See our previous article for the winners of the Awards… read on for the work of more students selected from programmes across the College – spanning four categories: Moving Minds, Solutions for Society, Inspired Products and Visionary Process.
Diana is focused on looking at waste as a resource, to empower small businesses and communities. The idea is to create an alternative service for waste collection in order to fuel a series of local waste labs, which would transform waste into functional products for public use. Local waste, local collection, local process, for local use.
Future Fabrics Expo showcases commercially viable fabrics sourced from suppliers using sustainable principles, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the current textile supply chain.
Part of the London Design Festival, and one of our absolute favourites of the year, SustainRCA Show & Awards, featuring a selection of some of the best work of Royal College of Art graduates. Projects propose an exciting vision of future living, while tackling a wide range of perspectives on the sustainability challenges we face today.