ROOTS Architecture building workshop: WOMAD, Chippenham, UK / 2010
The workshop was inspired by Oliver Lowenstein from Fourth Door. He was interested in the ‘overlap, in spirit at least, between the emerging grassroots architecture network driving community projects around the world and the relatively new passions for the many branches of the world music tree.’ (Oliver Lowenstein). There is very little opportunity for small bands or musicians to play at WOMAD, so the workshop brief was for four teams of architects and materials specialists to design and build a stage each to host a number of acts on Sunday night in an open mike style.
ROOTS Architecture building workshop: WOMAD, Chippenham, UK / 2011
A team of architects, engineers, timber framers and builders were charged with coordinating 4 teams of volunteers and students to design and build 4 stages in 4 days for performers at the World Music and Dance Festival in 2011. All materials used were reclaimed and scavenged or donated from local reuse centres and scrap yards. Willow was also made available, coppiced from the Charlton Park Estate. With a very limited pallet of materials and minimal time Andy Edwards worked with Bill Flinn of the Centre for Disaster and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University to facilitate a team of 16 architecture to design and build the third of 4 stages which had to be interconnected in some way, yet individual in character.