Week 10, June 19th 2020

This week we were really pleased to welcome Beth Fitzpatrick from Atkins and Steve Webb from BT who joined Maggie (TeenTech) and Ali to share their expertise and knowledge about their job roles and the skills involved. They also looked at the projects submitted by the pupils, providing inspiring and personalised feedback on the buildings created during the week as part of our TeenTech City of Tomorrow at Home programme.

We were thrilled to have received 60 projects this week and amazed by the range of innovative ideas and beautifully constructed buildings! It was also great to know that we had groups of pupils from four schools, including Begbrook Primary in Bristol, St Nicholas C of E Primary in Reading, Rhodes Avenue Primary, London, and one in Nepal! Beth and Steve were so excited and impressed by the creativity on show!

What really came through in the designs was the consideration towards important issues being faced at home at the moment, and how these impact ways the world can be helped in the future, in terms of our interaction with others and the wider community, best use of space and our emotional health and well-being. There were also many fresh and thoughtful ways to improve self-sufficiency and eco-friendly solutions to using natural resources and creating energy. Some ideas were truly dynamic in their detail, vision and design and would definitely make their mark as an iconic feature of any town or city!

One such building was Pigeon Palace, a multipurpose living and workspace created by Theo, aged 9 from London. This multi-purpose building put a smile on everyone’s faces as it was so fun and imaginatively constructed – a knock out design which would stand out and be recognised from afar! Steve also praised the level of tech involved throughout, saying that the use of features such as sensors and AI will continue to grow in future!

Pigeon Palace will tackle problems of pollution, climate change, population growth, pandemics, and expensive housing. It will do this using natural energy generated from huge solar panels on the wings to deliver power to all the technology used by the people and appliances, and by recycling. Pigeon Palace will be built with natural materials. A learning facility will be in the head, space in the body could be divided between homes, offices, studios, labs, farms, and factories….Sensors will be everywhere and on everyone gathering data to be processed using AI and machine learning, and services delivered by autonomous drones and robots. The best example of this tech is that when the temperature reaches a certain level decided by each person, the building will instantly make and deliver ice cream to that person…..Best of all we hope to add huge rocket boosters so that Pigeon Palace can fly itself to another location if the people choose to escape bad weather, viruses, or to go on holiday” Theo

Another innovative design came from Kitty, aged 9 from London. The Tree, a multipurpose building demonstrated excellent design and engineering skills, on a massive scale!

It is a community centre where everyone is welcome. People can do Art, Cooking, Gardening, relax in the Cat cafe, use the multisensory playground, use the 360-revolving theatre/ cinema, the education pod and many more activities. We have a 3D cinema screen on the trunk of the tree – so high tech you don’t need glasses! Some of this tech is used in the displays inside, so that many people can see different things on a screen at the same time. (This is called ‘autostereoscopic’)” Kitty

Everyone agreed that the use of tech throughout was very clever, showing great thought processes. Steve also loved the fact that Kitty had considered the welfare of the community, education and the eco-friendly use of resources. The use of biomimicry in the overall design was also inspirational! Everyone adored the Cat Café!

The Upcycle Arc, an educational building created by Florence, aged 9 from London, also impressed all our guests with its beautiful design, and Florence’s great video presentation!

“I feel like it is special because of its shape. The shape of the building makes it interesting to look at and I think it will make people feel like being creative when they are inside it or looking at it from the outside.
I have been hearing a lot about fast fashion and wanted to make a building that will inspire people to up-cycle things that they want to throw away rather than throw things away into a bin or even buy a new item of clothing in the first place!”

Steve loved the open spaces in this design and the structure of its shape. He also loved the thinking behind it based on upcycling. Maggie said the design was stunning and uplifting, showing real talent and integrity. Florence’s sketches also demonstrated skill and reflected the brilliant way that in the process of engineering this ability to communicate a vision is key towards helping design come to life.

Anoushka, aged 10 from London created The Lemon Green House, a three-storey residential building which was certainly full of inspired ideas and functions and sure to make its mark within any community!

“My house is eco-friendly, completely self-sufficient and creates a healthy hypo-allergenic environment for the occupants. The inspiration for my house was a glass of lemonade with a slice of lemon. The circular windows are meant to represent the bubbles and lemon and lime computer systems monitor the home, so it is a bright and fresh building that makes people smile” Anoushka

Steve loved the space saving aspect of this design and how doors could be replaced by connectors to further dwellings as communities grew. The growing walls and rooftop garden were other lovely features – environmentally friendly whilst aesthetically pleasing and uplifting at the same time. Anoushka was praised for bringing in aspects of physics, chemistry and biology into her design, along with her creative use of technology, such as sensors to aid housekeeping jobs. It was also great to see that Anoushka had considered aspects of health, prompted by the Covid pandemic, such as the use of microbial repellent silver for the bathroom and kitchen facilities. Her engineering ideas to use construction materials which would help combat the impact of climate change, such as increased earthquakes and flooding also makes this design a potential asset across the globe!

The Quad Pod, a multipurpose space, was created by Harley, aged 10 from Hurst, Berkshire.

With populations increasing, living spaces need to be built upwards.  The problem with inner city living is people do not have immediate access to exercise in beautiful outdoor spaces.  The Quad Pod building is a high-rise living space with four large sized virtual reality exercise pods…… a person could select to run along a British beach or across the Great Wall of China.  They could row down the River Nile or through the Amazon Rain Forest.  They could cycle down country lanes or through a woodland and they could meditate under a waterfall or on the top of a mountain.  The possibilities are endless!” Harley

Steve loved the name of this building, and the great idea of combining an eco-friendly space with VR exercise, which he said is very ‘on trend’ ! Maggie agreed and added that Harley had been very thoughtful in his consideration of the environmental impact and the people living and working inside the building, with the lovely rooftop bee garden and fresh, open spaces.

Nellie, aged 11 from London, created The Stem – another iconic and attractive residential building concept with its distinctive features. Maggie also loved the green aspects of this design.

My house is special because it doesn’t take up much space on the ground. It has fingerprint recognition to keep safe and there is also a wind turbine on the top to generate energy…. It also has plants on the roof that will be ecologically friendly” Nellie

Steve agreed with Maggie and added that he loved this design for its focus on space saving and sophisticated use of technology to keep the residents safe and secure. He also applauded Nellie’s considerations about sustainability and self-sufficiency by including solar and wind energy systems.

Steve felt that Matvii, aged 10 from Bristol had designed a creative and distinctive building in his The House of Football, which was colourful, serves several purposes and would stand out in any city!

“My building can solve educational, physical activity problems, designing and creating things at the bottom and exercising at the top, and also can help with space problems as my project saves a space. It’s like two in one. Football pitch could be used for different sport activities such as football, rugby, running activity etc” Matvii

We received some really interesting looking buildings which showed great thought to the construction and engineering, making each of them unique in their design.

For example, Beth loved the Sports Facility by Elwood, aged 9 from Bristol,for its use of different shapes and space, and the inspired use of eco-systems!

It’s designed to use the environment locally and use the minimal amount of ground space whilst still offering a complete sports facility.  
The black rings absorb the suns energy and transformed it into electricity, the wind tunnel in the second skin of the roof takes wind power into the electricity source and water collected from the roof top pitch is transferred down into the atrium grass and plants to reduce CO2 emissions
” Elwood

Beth added that Elwood’s use of brainstorming ideas is a technique adopted by engineers which showed a great instinctive approach! 

The Stack, created by Annie, aged 10 from Bristol also appealed to everyone as a distinctive, iconic building. Ali loved the great engineering skills demonstrated through Annie’s modelling!

My building uses renewable energy to provide electricity from its solar windows and wind turbine meaning no electricity cost for anyone. It uses technology to help the people who like them, it has robot staff and is based on the fully exclusive idea. The restaurant and leisure facilities are free to everyone. The pod accommodation provided living space for individuals, couples and families. The aim is to create a communal space where everyone can be happy with a roof over their heads” Annie

Beth also loved the name of the building and its full inclusivity, saying Annie’s focus on the needs of so many people and the joining together of the community so thoughtful and perfect for now and our future.

Steve loved the name and aesthetically pleasing design of Sky Stairs, created by Nabiha, aged 10 from Bristol, saying that it would definitely stand out in any city!

“In the winter when it rains my building soaks up all the water and in the hot weather it uses the water to cool down the building. My building also has solar panels and is designed like stairs so there are small apartments going upwards and a open roof top.” Nabiha

The ‘sweating roof’ concept is a great application of biomimicry, and everyone agreed would add much to the sustainability of the building’s water and energy sources. 

Environmentally friendly aspects were included in many of the buildings this week, being such a topical issue and concern. However, some of the buildings submitted were predominantly focused on this theme, such as The Green House, created by Marnie, aged 11 from London

“The house is trying to be part of a forest; trees grow around it and close to it. It is a little bit like a tree, where the top or canopy is lifted high to get the light and air, there is recycling, composting and traffic at the base like a forest floor and inhabitants live within the branches. Marnie

Steve said this was one of his favourite buildings, praising the intricacy of design and amount of work involved in making the model. He also loved that it focused on the topical theme around building on flood plains which is becoming a growing issue for people, explaining that we do have to think more creatively of ways to protect the environment. With this house designed to be raised on stilts, it certainly does that which is brilliant!

Beth loved how The Clean Water Rubbish Recycler, by Pablo, aged 8 from Milton Keynes, challenged a very real problem of plastics in our water – not only big plastics but microplastics that  are eaten by fish and other sea and river creatures, with the risk that they get into our food chain.  

The Clean Water Rubbish Recycler sucks rubbish from the ocean & lakes which will then use the same vacuum arms to take the different materials sorted on board and send to different recycling plants. The glass dome covering the ship is solar and absorbs the suns energy to help power the electric engines! Pablo

She was pleased that Pablo had enjoyed learning more about this topic and been inspired through his time as an eco-warrior at school, and encouraged him- along with everyone else – to keep in touch with local campaigns and to continue to actively help to make a difference with environmental issues.

Steve was really happy to see The Electric Garage, designed and made by Ashal, aged 11 from Bristol, saying that it was ‘bang on message’ with its eco-friendly focus on use of electricity from the building to charge cars – not just ordinary cars, but flying cars! Steve added that prototypes of flying cars do exist now, so Ashal’s concept was definitely one for the future in a tech-City!

Steve thought that Neil’s building called Eco City would work brilliantly alongside Ashal’s Electric Garage, being focused on the transportation aspect of smart eco cities. Neil (aged 11 from Bristol) had created the idea of using travel pods that would allow people to move around without causing air pollution. Steve loved the level of technology incorporated into this concept:

The travel pods powered by solar and wind power takes passengers from different buildings, to work, shop, school etc…. The roof on the buildings have solar panels and one of my buildings has a green roof. The water tank on the top of the fast eco fly office building collects the rainwater for the city. An app is built so people can call the pods to get around the city.” Neil

Mega Tower, created by Roma, aged 11 from Bristol, also revolved around a combination of different futuristic ideas:

“My building has an air filtration system at the top and a solar panel that powers the whole building and electric charge point for electric cars. The cars and buses can charge outside of ground level, and there is an underground aquarium with glass tube going through it so people feel like they are under the sea.” Roma.

Steve loved how Roma had gone a step forward by considering electrically charged buses, and everyone thought the underground aquarium sounded really cool!

Ella, aged 11 from Bristol, created an office space called Office Building to Help the Environment.

“It doesn’t used fossil fuels. Re uses water. The plant-based food served in the social hub café has a positive effect on the environment and food availability for the world.” Ella

This building would certainly achieve its goals – Beth praised Ella’s very thoughtful ideas to help the environment as well as the people working inside it!

Clean Air City, by Daniel, aged 10 from Reading, was another good example of using great ideas to improve our environment. Daniel’s design incorporated a

“New engineering system inside each building” as a solution” to the global warming and local pollution problem” Daniel.

Beth was impressed by how well Daniel’s model matched his designs, showing great translation of ideas. She also praised his engineering systems built into the building which were brilliant in terms of energy resources and storage.

The Butterfly House, created by Josie and Eva, both aged 10 from Bristol was a great example of teamwork – Josie enjoyed working on this remotely with a friend, and Beth explained that this teamwork is so important as in the real world of design each member of a team brings along different skills and ideas.

It has moss on the top of it and a sort of skylight in the middle with butterflies, plants and vines. The moss attracts wildlife and absorbs sound and air pollution to make it more environmentally friendly, quieter and makes it a nicer place to live.” Josie

“I did this project with my friend Josie and it was good to work as a team. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to enjoy this, but I learnt that I can sometimes really enjoy activities when I least expect it.” Eva

Beth also loved how the materials in this building not only attracted wildlife but made most of the benefits of plants in the way they can absorb sound and air pollution.

There were other examples of great teamwork this week:

Aaliyah (10) and Jessica (11) from Bristol worked together as “Team Merge Dragons” to create The Pollutionator Windmill, which not only had a great name, according to Steve, but also solved real world problems, such as air pollution in our cities, taking traditional methods and bringing them up to date. He agreed with Beth that the power of teamwork brings creativity to life!

 “There are usual windmill blades, but they have vents in them to suck up pollution 
Windmills are very important since they provide a way to produce electricity without causing pollution, which is a healthier option for us and for the earth. Wind power is also a renewable resource. This means that it will continue to be available on Earth. The most important role is that they have the ability to convert wind energy into electricity.” Aaliyah and Jessica

Sophie and Olivia, both aged 10 from Reading, worked as a team to create The Besties Leisure Centre:

It is powered by the gym – people running/peddling make the electricity to power the building. The swimming pool below ground heated by the gym and the heat from the earth 
Helps global warming and keeping people healthy and prevents boredom and loneliness” Sophie and Olivia

Everyone loved the concept of this building, which showed great use of modern technology, combatting many problems through tech in a sustainable way. Maggie also loved how Sophia and Olivia considered the mental health and well-being of people, especially thinking about the situation we find ourselves in now.

Behram (10) and Evan (9) from Bristol also worked remotely together to successfully design and create The Flower Hall of The Future, an eco-build for education, business or leisure.

It includes: “A green roof with planting on top, wind turbine , a rainwater filter system, a design which deflects the wind to feed the turbine, glass roof with filters to self-heat and cool, solar panels  and a living wall to grow plants”  Behram and Evan 

Steve thought the use of tech in this design was great, and he was really impressed with Behram and Evan’s concept of wind deflection which showed innovation, and also insight to build  this technique into the design right at the start rather than adding it on afterwards.

Another successful team – Olivia and Ridha, both aged 11 from Bristol -created Ecolea Hotel. InThiseco-friendly hotel“all the items used were recycled and everything in the hotel is environmentally friendly. It helps solve water shortage, doesn’t use any energy from the mains, no plastic was used, has a reduced carbon footprint” Olivia

Beth loved the name of this building as well as the balcony, structure, overall design and the fact that it reduced the carbon footprint. She liked how they also focused on the growing issue of ‘fast fashion’ coming up with ways to reuse and recycle materials and how to keep the environment tidier. She suggested that we could engage with people in our cities or towns who organise services to actively help further with these issues.

There were several stand-out residential buildings for the future – each with unique features.

For example, Katherine, aged 10 from London created The House of the Future:

“The House is powered by innovative concave fully reflective side walls which reflect the sunlight directly onto specialised receivers. The focusing of the sunlight onto the receivers means that its strength is magnified producing far more electricity than standard solar panels. With space at a premium due to ever-increasing population, the house includes ‘Tardis’ wardrobes which robotically take clothes/objects off for storage and return them on demand. Everything gets stored in a motorised warehouse under the building leaving living space equal to a much larger house which would take up more space.” Katherine

Everyone agreed that this innovative and creative design was really clever – the way Katherine had thought about the use of solar power and technology, integrating the systems into her planning showed excellent consideration about maximising natural resources according to the location of the building!

Beth was impressed by the Water Recycle House , a residential building created by  Stanley, aged 10 from Bristol, because he had designed in the water recycling strategies from the start, rather than adding them on afterwards, working like a true designer to make people in his building happy!

The sloping walls help the water to fall into the lake or river below. The water can then be sucked up into the house, through the pillars, and cleaned so it can be used in the house. The house is lifted up so that it doesn’t flood. 
The house design will blend in with nature and feel calm” Stanley

Hill House, a home designed by Eesa, aged 11 from Bristol really impressed Beth because of the brilliant way Eesa had worked like a true engineer – using technology and visualisation to sell his idea!

“Hill House is built in the countryside and helps our mental health and lets people live and be part of nature. It is eco-friendly with solar panels, rooftop garden and a roof that opens fully to help be at one with nature.” Eesa

Beth loved the way this was built into the side of a and bringing it so close to nature. She explained that this concept could work in many holes or abandoned spaces which already exist – such as empty quarries – and adapted to suit the environment. Steve also said he would love to live in Hill House!

Lizzie, aged 10 from Bristol, was praised by Steve for her attention to detail within her Infinity House, which included privacy glass – a very thoughtful concept. She also successfully constructed her building really closely to her original design, which included several eco-friendly energy solutions. The living wall added vibrancy as well as the benefits of growing plants around the building!

The House of the Future, designed by Eloise, aged 11 from London was another residential building to demonstrate some great concepts! Beth loved that it was built with multi-generations living together in mind – something which would enrich the community and society as a whole.

My design tries to deal with issues of climate and weather changes by building small, compact and lightweight buildings which could be easily transported when floods or fires are threatening the area. The building sits on a rolling base, which is powered by the wind turbine set up near the house. I’ve also tried to deal with water usage and waste – creating a garden irrigation system which waters the plants only when required through a use of moisture sensor; building a rain water collector; implementing a water recycling and filtrating system which allows the family to clean and recycle the water for everyday use” Eloise

Beth praised Eloise’s imaginative use of technology, design and engineering to create a space which would make life more efficient and better for everyone living in it!

Another popular residential building was created by Daisy, aged 11 from Bristol. Maggie loved the creativity of Daisy’s Tree House:

“It helps to stop deforestation by not cutting down trees to make space but keeping the trees and just building on the top” Daisy.

This was also a favourite of Beth’s as it tackled deforestation, a key to building more for a greater number of people without unduly using up nature’s resources. She added that Daisy had demonstrated great visualisation skills.

Steve really liked Castle Ezra, a residential building created by Ezra, aged 10 from Bristol, for its creativity! It included:

“Flat roof for cycling path and docking bay for electric hoverboard. Plants, flowers and fruit tree planted around roof, providing food. 50% building covered in solar panels (cylinder shape building to catch sun all day). Recycled bricks for main building. Internally use VR for play and to change the internal environment.” Ezra

Steve, who lives near to a real converted water tower, explaining that this is a great approach to creating sustainability and a reduced footprint in terms of space.

Bisma, aged 11 from Bristol, created an environmentally friendly home called Countryside Villa.

“Instead of a doorbell it has a thumb print. It has free electricity solar panels, and it recycles the rainwater from the drains.” Bisma

Beth said that this building was an imaginative use of space and considered the use of technology going forward into the future. It also conveyed a feeling of security and comfort, which would make people happy to be living there – an important feature for a residential building!

Animals Cottage by Liv, aged 8 from London, was another residential building designed to create a ‘kind’ living space, this time for animals as well as humans:

“The roof is triangle shaped to run rain down into large glass tubes to give animals water. It also has solar panels. Under the roof is a shelter for birds.” Liv

Beth praised Liv’s creative and efficient way of using rainwater for different purposes and how her building was designed to consider the needs of the residents and their pets. This could be replicated in different ways for different situations and help the wellbeing of all concerned.

Some buildings were designed specifically to offer multipurpose functions for a wider range of people in the city or town.

For example, William (aged 10 from Bristol) created the Tree House, “a multipurpose building of flats, shopping, cinema, gym, restaurants and Lego shop. It was inspired by the Gherkin in London – my building is based on a tree and designed for a city to help make it eco-friendly. The branches are gardens for the flats and those living the building. The solar tree at the top could rotate to maximise the sun light during the day.” William.

Beth said that the great concept of rotating the building does work, and Maggie described a building she had once been in which did this but felt that William’s design had gone a step further. They agreed this would be a place you’d want to visit or live in! Beth praised William’s excellent application of biology in his design which was thoughtful and showed great attention to detail!

The Leisure Tree, by Jack (11) and Anushka (12) from Bristol, was a multipurpose leisure centre, created to focus on making the most of natural resources:

“The building is off-grid, a passive building and is engineered to mimic a tree. The innovative rain-attractor / conductor pulls rainfall into a tower that forms the trunk of the building, generating power through turbines and pressure. The pods gather sunlight (like leaves) and generate power for the leisure centre. The rainwater feeds the natural swimming pool and is filtered into nutritional rainwater drinks in the café”

Steve loved the creativity of this design concept and was so impressed by Jack’s application of biology and biomimicry. He liked how Jack thoughtfully considered ways to bring people together and enhance their experience. Beth added that engineers make use of concepts from nature and biology, so well-done Jack!

The Tall Alien Tower (TTAT) created by Ulf, aged 9 from London, was another building which stood out for its super eco-friendly ideas, providing a variety of spaces for different purposes:

The problem that this building fixes is that it uses geothermal and solar energy to power it, instead of precious, climate warming coal and it also provides charities money and workspace. It also makes free entertainment for people that might not be able to afford to go to a skyscraper that charges” Ulf

Beth not only loved the name, shape and construction of this building – she also loved how Ulf had thought of ways to fund the costs of the building, such as the luxury hotel section, and how he had considered effective marketing ploys!

Attila (aged 8 from Bristol) created a mixed-use building; a fully self-sustained building complex called The Pyramid.

 “My building uses magnetic levitation to hover above ground. This will leave the ground and natural existing environment fairly undisturbed as the only foundation needed is for the magnets recessed in the ground. The area below is fully usable for the public.” Attila

Beth, with her physics background found Attila’s use of magnets here really interesting, as it is something that is already being tested as a next step to building above ground level – so who knows when this could become reality? Beth was really impressed by Attila’s imagination and his brilliant model!

There were some brilliant buildings focussed on both physical and mental health and well-being. For example, the Upside-Down Pyramid Hospital for Children created by Hugh, aged 9 from London, was an amazing feat of creativity in design which impressed everyone!

In the greenhouse space on the roof, rainwater is collected from the roof for use in a hydroponics centre. Food plants are grown in tanks of water and this will cut down on transporting some food into the hospital. This will help to cut down on traffic pollution and Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere. The building is also Kinder to the people who go there: Children who are in bed will have technology like VR because they can’t go outside. That way they can pretend they are not hospital.” Hugh

Steve praised Hugh for the amount of thought that had gone into his design and said that it was refreshing to see hospital focusing on the needs of children, and their visitors, including great use of technology. He thought that Hugh had thought outside the box and considered this solution through a different lens – well done Hugh!
During this challenging time, several buildings were created with our mental health and well-being in mind.

One of these was created by Leona, aged 11 from London, and called Lakeside.

The glass facade faces the sunset and the lake for truly wonderful views. Also, we have a grass terrace for each apartment….  Our spa is truly a wonderful place. The idyllic floating tiki bar, indoor waterfall, sand and hanging chairs just add to the ambience. There are also special SMART beds. They are connected to the entire room and fitted with sensors so that when the user goes to bed it will dim the lights and start playing soft sounds” Leona 

Beth loved this multi family home and its emphasis on well-being and enjoying the benefits of nature. Maggie agreed that this space would be a great place to relax and feel uplifted.

Education was the chosen theme of some of our other projects – they all showed creativity, and many included fun elements which everyone approved of!

Windmill School created by Louie, aged 10 from Bristol, really considered the needs of the community in his design:

A school that has all types of education in from nursery to uni so less travel for parents.
The school is powered by the windmills for electricity so it’s eco-friendly. Each building has them.
” Louie 

Steve felt that the concept of integrating people of all ages would encourage creativity and the appreciation of different cultures to flourish, and that making the building self-sufficient was the right idea moving forward into the future. 

Another building called The Ocean Research Centre, created by Harry, aged 11 from Bristol, managed to combine science with learning and residential space which blew Steve away!

“Part of the building is below sea level including sections that are open to the ocean and dry spaces for scientists to work. 
Above sea level there are research offices and living spaces. There are also outside platforms for green spaces and sea bird nesting (little auks and others). The building is mobile and can be sunk in position using ballast tanks. It allows scientists and volunteers to help injured sea animals and better understand human impacts on the ocean.Harry

Everyone agreed that great thought had gone into the work/life balance of people in the building, as well as creative ways to learn about our oceans and how to care for them. It was also inspiring that the Centre was mobile, allowing for extended research. Maggie believed that this building would attract the best scientists from around the world!!

The EIRo Project by Rowan and Elliot, aged 11 from Bristol was another creative educational centre, which included incredible use of technology, and a fantastic focus on food sustainability and the reduction of food miles.

“Our building is powered by solar panels; the dome opens and closes through sensors that detect the weather and time of day and night.  
People can access information about the plants with holographic screens as they walk round.” Rowan and Elliot

Beth loved how this building involved everyone throughout the process to teach them for the future and how to solve problems. 

Sammy, aged 10 from Reading created The Energiser which combined an eco-friendly approach with a creative learning space:
Water powered building which changes water into electricity. 
Also provides an art and cooking centre for children to learn.Sammy

Steve loved this focus on sustainability and self-generating resources, and particularly the reliance on education which for cities and communities of the future we are is going to need the continued learning of new skills as we go forward – so it was great to see that Sammy had built this into his design from the start.

We were so pleased to have two ‘bubbles’ of Year 6 pupils working with us from Begbrook Primary School in Bristol this week. Between them they created some brilliant buildings based on such a range of important concepts!

For example, Iris, aged 10 created The Building of Kindness, which made a huge impression on the expert guests.

“What makes it special is it is half underwater and has a camera/scanner which scans the wildlife that passes by and tells you facts about it. It comes up on the screen on the floor. It helps homelessness because the second floor is a homeless shelter” Iris

This building combined education, wildlife and kindness to all within the building. Steve was blown away by the fact that Iris had made the connection between education and well-being. Maggie believed that this space would really fire up your imagination, and that the aquarium would promote residents’ knowledge about aquatic life, making it a very rich experience!

Other buildings designed and created within the Begbrook Bubbles included some really imaginative and thoughtful buildings to address different issues, such as Ortise’s Nap Snack which helped with homelessness and preventing crime, Kody’s Freddy Fazbears Pizzaria – a fun and creative space to help cheer people up and enjoy a positive experience, and The Great Game Set Up, created by Josh, Tyler and Sam, which offered high quality tech whilst having fun and promoting  social interactions with others in the community. Ali loved The Yet House created by Finlay and Lukas, with its fun slides around the house and the creative thinking behind such a great use of space! Cloud House by Yasmin also showed how more space could be created by building upwards!

Beth was excited to see the Military Base building, designed by Deangelo and Donnie as it demonstrated an awareness that different needs required different spaces, with new ideas as well as eco-friendly camouflage. Several houses focused on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, an issue that has really come to the fore in our current situation and prompted creativity: these include The Sleeping House by Maddy, and Pema’s Multi-Eco Estate.

Some great engineering skills and use of technology within the designs were also demonstrated in buildings, including Ruby’s Dream House (great use of space!), Deyang’s Modern Outside House (using a range of skills to troubleshoot problems!), and My Dream House by Rowan who included great tech and smart materials such as self-cleaning windows and glass for solar energy.

What was special about The Different House by Harry and Theo was that it made good use of the wider infrastructure, for example linking the storage of electricity to the whole city, joining buildings’ energy sources which showed a thoughtful holistic approach! Lily’s Eco-Friendly Self-Sufficient House also showed a great awareness of the need for sustainable connectivity between the working and living spaces – excellent Imagineering according to Beth!

We were also thrilled to welcome pupils from Kathmandu, Nepal this week!

Aryan (aged 13) created a residential resort called A Dream House:

“It helps in solving the local problem because it develops the attraction and the locals around will be benefited if the local area will be visited by the tourists and helps also in development of GDP” Aryan

Beth loved how Aryan had designed a luxury building to attract visitors for the benefit of the future local economy. Ali was so impressed by the beautiful intricacy of the design and structure!

Surabhi (aged 12 from Kathmandu) designed and created Our Sweet Home, an eco-friendly residential building:

“It helps to solve global problems as it is really made from locally available resources and reduces overuse of resources and helps in personal problems as it gives us shelter” Surabhi

Steve praised the application of technology and engineering within this building, especially the use of local resources and materials. Both he and Maggie loved the prominence of lush greenery surrounding the space as it can help boost creativity and a sense of well-being – particularly if people are spending more time living and working from home as is the case now. Maggie felt that to be surrounded by your culture helps people to feel secure and helps focus on personal challenges in a positive way.

Some excellent questions were sent in for Beth and Steve, ranging from which routes can be taken to get into science, engineering and technology, to what did they see as the biggest engineering problem for the future?

Advice given was that having a breadth of diverse skills and interests are useful to succeed in a job and that you should do a job for the love of it! Creativity and the willingness to explore and keep learning are good assets to have also – opportunities are open to all!

A big well done to everyone who took part this week!