Model City with PlayDoh

The main idea of the project was to create a city which we feel comfortable to live in. People were creative and had many different ideas. We used our imagination and we came out with very different projects. The materials we used were: home-made playdough, paper, colours, pens and pencils. The process was different for everyone. Someone drew first the landscape then made the rest and someone else started from the 3D models.

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These are some of the models we made: one is inspired by Venice with the typical Gondola in a canal, and a romantic dinner of an Italian couple on the side. The next one is a city built inside a castle, you can see the wall and the towers outside the castle but you cannot see the city inside, because is led by a dark lord. Enfield inspired one of the participants, who wanted to represent the movements on the street.

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One of the participants is an environmentalist and he expressed his worries about climate change by using a Sainsbury’s bag to make a volcano in the middle of his city. The last one represents a holiday village with some huts made of straw. In front of the huts there is a lake where you can swim and borrow a little boat, either to go fishing or to watch the sunset.

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Architecture with Amir

Welcome back followers!

Today we want to tell you about the workshop we had with Amir, one of the participants of Invisible Londons since 2009. Amir is a young man who’s studying architecture at university. He is very passionate about it so he wanted to share his skills with us. At the beginning he gave us some instructions:

1) You are allowed only to use papers

2) No glue and no tape permitted

3) You can use colored paper

4) You can create different shapes

5) Take inspiration from the world that surrounds you

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We began making shapes and we immediatly realised how easy it is to create with paper.

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We started with some simple ideas and then, during the creating process, we added more details, more colors, more levels. It was very interesting to see what we could do just with our hands, and at the first time.

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One of the best creations were the pyramid and the circle building which looks like BFI Imax Cinema, the green and white hotel and the house with the heart on top.

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In one of these pictures one of buildings is in the shape of the Opera House in Sydney. Can you spot it?

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Here is the wonderful result! We didn’t think of creating a city but when we put our creations all together we realized that we had built Pan City!

A trip in the past!

Last summer, after we went to the museum of London, we couldn’t resist to go to museum of Docklands. The nearest station is West India Quay which is part of the DLR. The reason why it is called museum of Docklands is because there are a lot of ships and docks near the museum. Docks are places where the ships board.

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Now that you know what docks are, you can recognise what’s happening in these pictures. These pictures remind us the clippers which we described in the post about the River Tour. But they aren’t actual clippers.
In the picture below you can see a ship which was used to transport sugar and slaves. Sugar was transported for many reasons but one of them was to be used in tea parties by the same people who bought the slaves.

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A POST AGAINST SLAVERY!

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We created this collage of doors and windows because it gave us the idea that through them you can travel to the past and see what was happening in London centuries ago.

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You could also see how dangerous was to travel in the past. Some ship-crews weren’t lucky enough to arrive in London because of pirates, battles with other ships and…………. other unknown reasons.

The last picture is a wonderful view of one of the docks.

Trip to the museum of London

17th of August 2014

We visited the Museum of London to kick start our project and get inspired. During our tour we looked at the objects displayed and we thought to ourselves if these objects were to be given a voice what would they say?

This became our initial idea which we then elaborated and our first performance was born.

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If you go there you will see these wonderful things. Take your time and look even at the small objects because they have got a story too. Let us know what do you think. Our favourite object was the dress, what is your favourite one?

River boat tour on a thames Clipper and the walk around Greenwich

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1) Our trip started from Somerset House…. We really suggest you to go on the balcony and enjoy the amazing view.

2) As you can see the weather was great and there is another skyscraper being built.

3) The sun was shining a lot, however it couldn’t stop us from taking a picture.

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1) After a walk from Somerset House to SouthBank Centre we found this exhibition called Our City, where young people presented their ideas for the future of London.

2) This is where our journey begins, from the London Eye Pier. We took a Clipper which took us through the river tour. A Clipper is fast boat and the name comes from 17th century when the term “clip” meant “speed”. Also today Clipper is a brand which produces tasty tea. 

3) The last view of Westminster until we came back.

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1) HMS Belfast – A huge warship which we are amazed by.

2) The view of the City Hall from the Clipper. This is were the window cleaners train……….

3) This reminded us an older Clipper, you can find it in Greenwich. This Clipper belongs to a rich pirate, who became rich sailing the Seven Seas and finding treasures.

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1) We were standing in front of the Queens Anne House and we didn’t take a picture of it………….

2) A picture of the O2 arena with a beautiful skyline.

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1) A random picture with an amazing sunset.

2) Bones, sea shells, stones, pieces of glass, sticks: imagine how creative you could be when you have all of this stuff to play with.

3) This time we did this trip together but there are more to come!

Next time: Trip to Museum of London!

A trip to the CASS School of Architecture

8 of November 2014

We went to the CASS School of Architecture in Whitechapel High Street. There we met Aleks who is a Lecture Teacher of Architecture. He was a young guy who took us through the building and showed us the project, the work they make and the places where he teaches and where students learn.

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This giant tooth was created from Aleks as part of his Halloween Costume.

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These are 2 of the projects that were made from our group members. The white triangle house represents a moment from the life of an Italian gangster. If you are asking yourself why are those two people guarding this house, the answer is in the next picture. But we will give you an answer too: there is a safe that is more worth than £25M of Gold Plates.

The picture on the top right represents a pub with a shiny dancing floor. Can you hear the music?

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The first picture gives you an idea of a lighthouse which is now used as a swimming pool. There are so many steps that when you arrive at the top you cannot resist to jump in the water. The second one is just a normal house which doesn’t represent a lot. But the third one is a very creative piece of art… Not even the creator can find the meaning.

Next time…River Boat Tour!