Roots Architecture Challenge

6th July 2010

The 1st Roots Architecture Workshop is being held at the WOMAD Roots Architecture festival at Charlton Park from 22nd - 25th July 2010, showcasing sustainable architecture and building projects worldwide in the humanitarian and aid sector, ranging from emergency shelter to community development and buildings.

The four day challenge consists in four teams designing and building four small de-mountable stages for four performances on Sunday evening (9pm 25th July). Materials available for the purpose include reclaimed timber, green wood, bamboo, fabric and netting and other random treats as yet to be identified.

Team leaders and assistants have been gathered from a range of design and technical specialists working in the field of architecture and practical education. They include: Charley Brentnall - International timber design, fabrication and conservation consultant; Melissa Kinnear - General manager, Architecture sans Frontiers UK; TYIN Tegnestue - Non-profit organisation of architecture students from Norway; 'Bamboo' Jack Everett - Bamboo sculptor; Bill Flinn - Architect and independent shelter specialist; Marcus Toop - Architect and co-founder of Tangentfield; Sally Daniels - Tangentstudio Ltd - co-founder of Tangentfield; Oliver Lowenstein - Writer and originator of the 1st Roots Architecture Workshop at WOMAD.

Graduate and post-graduate architecture students from Oxford Brookes, UWE and Plymouth will also be participating, supported by engineers from Integral Engineering - Tim Mander and Margret Cooke.

It is intended that the workshop be run true to the spirit of WOMAD and participants are encouraged to:

  1. Work together and improvise in the design and fabrication of functional and fantastical structures,
  2. Have a great time, meet and work alongside some skilled and experienced people, learn a variety of simple construction techniques,
  3. Enjoy some brilliant music.

Haiti Kids Kino project will also be showing some films and DIY mobile cinema workshops, see

Tickets are now on sale at only £235 inc. workshop and festival admission and lunch, Thursday to Sunday. See and

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