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
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 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.
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,
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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