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Join us to bring three architectural projects to life at Burning Man festival 2015!
Join us to bring three architectural projects to life at Burning Man festival 2015!
116 backers pledged £15,106 to help bring this project to life.

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WeWantToLearn.net are a postgraduate design studio from the University of Westminster in London known for it’s study of parametric systems, creative flair and rigorous physical and material testing in a search for new architectures.

Over the past two years our design studio has successfully built three projects at the Burning Man Festival each the result of a long creative design process, countless hours of study and sheer determination. This year is no exception and we hope to give three new exciting and beautiful proposals to share with you and the people of burning man.

We have been fortunate enough to receive funding from the black rock city honoraria to each bring a pavilion life at this years festival which takes place from 31st August to 7th September  however to make these projects a reality we still need your help!

The Infinity Tree

New rendering after structural engineers advice
New rendering after structural engineers advice

Born from a study into the twists and turns of all things helical in the natural world a series of spiraling, helical transitions are connected together with the assistance of complex numbers, theses complex algorithms personify the intelligent intricacies of nature’s creations and remind us of the beauty it can possess, something we often forget.

 Bursting from the cracks in the playa a playful structure rises from the ground at two ends sloping gently upwards, entwining. Foot and hand holds form, a path appears, visitors begin to climb towards a small platform above the ground and where they stop to rest. Branching out towards the East and West the journey continues, lifting further upwards, gazing out across the playa and blooming into a beautiful grid of wooden diamonds. A figure of our memories, a myriad of our existence, its infinitude transcends time breathing life into the playa. A rest for our minds, a shelter for our bodies, an eternal, unbreakable, everlasting chain.

Reflection

Reflection presents this years burners with an intimate setting in which to share their inner most confessions, secrets and tales – With the option to do so both openly with other burners face to face, or retain the mystery of their identity by sharing with a stranger through the pavilions semi private screen.

Created as a result of rigorous testing of origami the pavilion is made of eight Spiralhedrons mirrored along all axis in order to create the enclosing plywood form and subtly embody Burning Man’s theme ‘Carnival of Mirrors. By providing an interactive base for participation Reflection is never fully accomplished without the burners involvement. By sharing their stories, burners create a unique experience manifested through the ideals of trust and sharing, which facilitates a special bond between the burners. Upon its burning at the end of the festival, ‘Reflection’ becomes a resting place for the confessions, secrets and stories of its burners, allowing new bonds to be formed.

Bismuth Bivouac

The bismuth bivouac is a structure inspired by the geometric growth patterns of bismuth crystals - the stepping, orthogonal geometries converge into the centre of the cubic pavilion, where a sheltered sanctuary can be found for participants to recuperate from the desert, providing shade and shelter. 

The proposal will sit on the playa as an wooden cubic monolith for participants to discover and explore, and at night when darkness falls, the structure will be transformed, illuminated by colourful lighting, to mimic the mesmerizing iridescent colours of bismuth crystals.

Burning Man Festival

Burning Man encompasses a number of guiding principles which include: 

  • Radical Self Expression, 
  • Radical Self Reliance, 
  • Radical Inclusion, 
  • Gifting, 
  • Communal Effort and Participation. 

Read more about it here: http://burningman.org

The festival is widely regarded as a unique experience, it's values and ideals touching those that that attend. Visitors often find that it has a positive effect on their day to day lives and many choose to return year after year.

Every year inspiring and creative art is produced by festival goers for all to enjoy. This wonderful spectacle of self-built installations and pieces embodies much of what the festival represents and we feel privileged to be part of such a magnificent event.

This year’s theme, 'Carnival of Mirrors" will explore the illusionary worlds of mirrors and masks, mazes and merger,  a kind of magic show that is in the shape of an old-fashioned carnival. 

Our Team

Later this year our voluntary crew of student designers will make the long journey from London to the Nevada desert where they will work tirelessly in extreme conditions to provide beautiful art for the festival that all can enjoy. Our own studies and interests in parametric design, digital fabrication, self reliance and self building have brought us together and we are proud to be sharing our ideas with the people of Burning man.

The team also includes friends, both academic and professional, who are dedicating their time and energy to help along the way.

You Help

We are extremely grateful and privileged to have each received partial funding from the Burning Man organisers but in order to realise our visions for the playa lots of work still needs to be done. Material and fabrication costs are high and the logistics of getting three finished projects to site is also extremely challenging and complex. We hope that with your help we can raise the additional funds necessary to make our projects a reality. Your donations will go towards:

  • Digital and physical fabrication
  • Tools and equipment
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Lighting 

Rewards

We have a range of beautifully crafted rewards for all levels of contribution, each personally designed by one of the project artists as a thank you for helping us to achieve our goal. From an exciting range of clothing and jewelry to exquisitely presented concept art and models of the pavilions themselves we hope there is something that we can give you in return to show our gratitude and appreciation. All of your contributions will go towards a joint fund ensuring all projects are built safely and soundly for all to enjoy.

Personal Thank you
Personal Thank you
Pendants
Pendants
Left: Infinity Clothing, Middle: Reflection Clothing, Right, Bismuth Clothing
Left: Infinity Clothing, Middle: Reflection Clothing, Right, Bismuth Clothing
Individual Artwork in Intricate Frame
Individual Artwork in Intricate Frame
All Project Artwork in Unique Intricate Triple Frame
All Project Artwork in Unique Intricate Triple Frame
Infinity Tree 3D Printed Pavilion Model
Infinity Tree 3D Printed Pavilion Model
Beautiful Scale Model of The Reflection Project
Beautiful Scale Model of The Reflection Project

Risks and challenges

We are confident that we will be able to share our designs with you and the people of Burning man however each projects poses it's own challenges and trials.

Material and fabrication costs are high due to the complexities of each project. All materials, tools and resources have to be purchased in advance of the build to allow the projects to run smoothly and all prefabrication must be carefully pre-arranged to ensure all parts are in order on arrival at the playa.

The logistics of getting three finished proposals to site is also extremely challenging, each project requires its own transportation to site and will need to collect project specific tools and materials from across the West Coast on route. These tools vary from project to project, The infinity Tree requires large amounts of adjustable scaffolding, Bizmuth Bivouac will use large amounts of LED lighting and Reflection requires extremely detailed laser-cutting to achieve it's intricate patterns

There is still a lot of hard work and energy require, by working together, and most importantly, with your help, we are confident we will get this done.

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    A personal thank you from the artists for your help and contribution to our cause, sealed in a beautifully detailed card inspired by the geometry of one of the projects.

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    A beautiful pendant designed by one of the three artists showcasing the intricate geometries of one of the projects. We will send one to you and gift another on your behalf to someone on the playa.

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    A high quality cotton T-shirt screen printed with your choice of exquisite geometries and patterns, designed by the artists as part of their parametric studies whilst developing the pavilions. A range of different colours and sizes are available.

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    Your playa name will be carefully engraved on to one of the three projects as part of the fabrication process, come along and explore the structures and see if you can find it. Not coming to the festival? A part of you will still have life upon the playa.

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    A high quality cotton sweatshirt screen printed with your choice of exquisite geometries and patterns, designed by the artists as part of their parametric studies whilst developing the pavilions. A range of different colours and sizes are available.

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    Cant decide which you prefer? receive any combination of cotton sweatshirt and t-shirt screen printed with the patterns inspired by the projects.

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    Your choice of project Artwork printed on high grade heavy weight paper and framed in a unique and intricately detailed laser-cut frame, inspired by the beautiful parametric geometries of one of the projects. Signed by the Artists

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    A piece project Artwork from each of the pavilions printed on high grade heavy weight paper and framed together in a unique triple frame, laser-cut with beautiful parametric geometries of one of the projects. Signed by the Artists

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    LIMITED: Thoughtfully crafted hard bound booking illustrating the story of all three projects from their inception as studies into natural and mathematical parametric systems, through the design process to their construction and life on the Playa. A journey from birth to burn.

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    A beautiful 3D printed model of a pavilion of your choice, a showcase of the stunning forms that will be brought to life on the playa at this years festival.

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    LIMITED: Meet the artists! We invite you and an additional guest to a private viewing of the University of Westminster Architecture Degree show 2015 in London. We will give you a guided tour, talk about the projects and our studies whilst enjoying some refreshments and beverages.

    This will be mid-June, date TBC. No transport will be provided, backers must make their own way to the show.

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    GIFT BUNDLE: A selection of gifts each with a unique design tailored by each artist;

    3 x Personal thank you notes, one from each artists
    3 x Pendants, each inspired by one project
    3 x T-Shirts with a geometric pattern based from each project
    3 x Sweaters, same as above
    3 x Custom framed artworks, one of each project
    1 x Custom designed intricate picture frame with all artwork from all three projects.
    1 x Thoughtfully crafted hard bound booking telling the story of all three projects and the journey from birth to burn.

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    LIMITED: An exquisitely crafted and bespoke model of one of the pavilions. Each model is the result of hours of design and construction showcasing all the the time, and energy put into the projects by the artists. A perfect scale replica of the final proposals of your very own.

    Due to the nature of the gift only one scale model will be made of each project and will be available on a first come first served basis.

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    LIMITED: Come and help us burn one of the projects to the ground and lead our exciting burning ceremony whilst enjoying a cold beverage with the artists and crew!

    First come first served on which project you choose to burn!

    Date of burn to be confirmed.

    PLEASE NOTE: This does not include a ticket to the festival, The Backer must already be in attendance.

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