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26 Sep 2012

Floating Cinema Competition – Winner

Winner Announced – Duggan Morris to Design the New Floating Cinema, UK

UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation are delighted to announce that Duggan Morris Architects have won the Open Architecture Competition to design the next phase of UP Projects’ acclaimed Floating Cinema project. This project has been commissioned by the Legacy List with corporate partner Bloomberg as part of the Bloomberg East series of artist-led programmes to animate the waterways in East London working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust.

Hackney-based practice Duggan Morris Architects’ outstanding design was selected from a shortlist of four international practices including OBRA (New York/Beijing) Nilsson Pflugfelder (London/Berlin) and vPPR (London) by a panel of seven judges including Lady Patty Hopkins (Hopkins Architects), Sarah Weir OBE (Legacy List), Sarah Ichioka (Architecture Foundation), Nina Pope (Somewhere), Karen Guthrie (Somewhere) and Emma Underhill (UP Projects).

Duggan Morris Architects developed their proposal “A Strange Cargo of Extra-Ordinary Objects” in partnership with Skelly & Couch, Services Engineers; Appleyard and Trew, Quantity Surveyors; Price & Myers, Structural Engineers; and MSO Marine, Boatyard and Marine Services to produce a robust and practical, as well as highly inventive and imaginative, response to the brief.

UP Projects’ Director and Curator Emma Underhill said:
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Duggan Morris Architects on the next iteration of our Floating Cinema. Their proposal and their commitment and enthusiasm for the project is exceptional and we are really excited to see how the new Floating Cinema will develop from here. Equally important to the quality of their design was the architects’ openness to collaboration with us and the Floating Cinema artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie and I’m sure the final result will provide a really unique and special resource for the waterways.

Duggan Morris Architects Director Joe Morris said:
Duggan Morris Architects is proud to have been selected for this prestigious project. The Floating Cinema has the potential to be a wondrous addition to London’s network of canals and waterways. As such we very much look forward to delivering this unique structure and creating a legacy for generations of visitors to the Lea Valley.

Sarah Weir, Chief Executive, The Legacy List said:
We are extremely pleased to be able to commission the Floating Cinema in its next phase with this new boat by Duggan Morris Architects bringing the Extra-Ordinary dimension to the project. We look forward to giving our support to the teams over the coming months and seeing the collaboration between artists and architects for this innovative and unique project to animate the waterways in east London.

The Architecture Foundation’s Director Sarah Ichioka added: The design competition for the new Floating Cinema, which we at the AF were happy to help organise, attracted many strong submissions, from tender stage through to shortlisting, and now the final interviews and appointment. I’m delighted that the bespoke selection process has helped UP Projects find the right match for them and their exciting, challenging brief, and I look forward to enjoying the built outcome next year.

Building on the resounding success of the pilot Floating Cinema 2011 project, designed by Studio Weave, UP Projects are continuing to work with film-maker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), who will be devising an “Extra-Ordinary” programme of on-board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops for the new Floating Cinema, which will launch in June 2013. The artists and project team felt that Duggan Morris’s proposal offered design solutions that embody the new 2013 programme theme of ‘Extra-Ordinary’, offering delight and playfulness as well as being robust and serviceable for a permanent lifespan on the water.

The Floating Cinema is part of UP Projects’ ongoing Portavilion programme; a series of temporary pavilions for London’s parks and public spaces that have brought high quality sculptures and cultural events to a broad public audience since 2008. The new Floating Cinema is supported by the Legacy List and Bloomberg and will form an important strand of the cultural programme that supports the legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. UP Projects partnered with The Architecture Foundation to produce the architecture competition to select the design team for the new Floating Cinema.

The Floating Cinema competition was also generously supported by the following technical advisors; Wolf Manglesdorf from Bruro Happold; Richard Collis from Jackson Coles; and Claire McLean, Tav Kazmi and Tim Eastop from Canal and River Trust.

For more information about the previous Floating Cinema, please visit: www.floatingcinema.info

22 May 2012

Floating Cinema Architecture Competition

Architectural Competition Launched for A New Floating Cinema, UK

This morning, UP Projects and The Architecture Foundation were delighted to announce an Open Call through which a team will be selected to design the next phase of the acclaimed Floating Cinema project. This project has been commissioned by the Legacy List and sponsored by Bloomberg as part of the Bloomberg East series of artist-led programmes to animate the waterways in East London working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust. Once built, this new cinema-craft is planned to launch to the public in June 2013.

Building on the resounding success of the pilot Floating Cinema 2011 project, designed by Studio Weave, UP Projects are developing a brand new Floating Cinema, continuing to work with film-maker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), who will be devising a varied and vibrant programme of on-board screenings, quirky canal tours, talks and workshops which will be live during the summer 2013. The project team are seeking an architectural design solution that embodies their new 2013 programme theme of ‘Extra-Ordinary’, offering delight and playfulness as well as being robust and serviceable for a permanent lifespan on the water.

UP Projects’ Director and Curator Emma Underhill said:
The Floating Cinema in 2011 exceeded all expectations in terms of audience reach and public interest and there is clearly a healthy appetite for this kind of initiative to take place on East London’s waterways. We are excited to have the opportunity, through the support of the Legacy List and Bloomberg, to be able to develop a new and longer term Floating Cinema through an open international competition in partnership with The Architecture Foundation.

Sarah Weir, Chief Executive, The Legacy List said:
We are delighted that this generous sponsorship from Bloomberg, as part of Bloomberg EAST, will enable us to continue and develop the success of the original Floating Cinema pilot, bringing a new Extra-Ordinary programme of events and engagement activities to East London. This is one of a number of imaginative projects we are commissioning which will have an impact on the lives of the communities around the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This architecture competition will offer a further creative opportunity to take a fresh look at the Floating Cinema and reinvent the structure before it embarks upon its programming journey in 2013.

The Architecture Foundation’s Director Sarah Ichioka added:
We at The Architecture Foundation are always keen to create opportunities for innovative design to reach new audiences. With this in mind, we are absolutely delighted to be collaborating with UP Projects to organise this open competition to design a very special new contribution to London’s cultural and urban landscape.

The Floating Cinema is part of UP Projects’ ongoing Portavilion programme; a series of temporary pavilions for London’s parks and public spaces that have brought high quality sculptures and cultural events to a broad public audience since 2008. The new Floating Cinema is supported by the Legacy List and Bloomberg and will form an important strand of the cultural programme that supports the legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This two-stage competition invites architects and designers to express their interest in taking part by responding to a prequalification questionnaire, which is due by 4pm, 26 June 2012. For more information about the previous Floating Cinema, please visit: www.floatingcinema.info To download the pre-qualification questionnaire and outline brief please visit: www.architecturefoundation.org.uk

About The Floating Cinema

The Floating Cinema 2011 was an extraordinary customised narrow boat, curated and produced by UP Projects and created by architects Studio Weave in collaboration with Somewhere. The Studio Weave 2011 design included contributions from traditional marine craftspeople (eg sail-makers and boat painters) as well as from contemporary designers. The Floating Cinema 2011 presented larger scale outdoor film events for canal-side audiences (such as an al fresco fancy dress screening of Fantastic Mr Fox) and informal ‘on board’ screenings where you could meet the crew and watch rare films selected especially for the Floating Cinema. The new Floating Cinema programme will also be developed by Somewhere.
www.floatingcinema.info

About Somewhere

Somewhere is a multi-disciplinary, collaboration run by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie. They produce ambitious, innovative and challenging projects spanning film, the web, installation, live events and public art. Recent work includes “ What Will the Harvest Be?” a project at Abbey Gardens in Newham which transformed a former waste ground into a unique open access Harvest Garden. They began working with UP Projects on the Floating Cinema in 2011.
www.somewhere.org.uk

About UP Projects

UP Projects believes in challenging perceptions of what public art can be. Operating as if a gallery without walls, they are inspired by the complexities of the public realm to create a programme of artists’ commissions, projects, strategies and multi-disciplinary events for a broad public audience. Since their first project in 2002, their work has consistently attracted considerable public attention. Their Portavilion programme is one of the most ambitious contemporary art projects to take place in London’s public realm.

Curated by Emma Underhill of up projects, it launched in 2008 with four temporary pavilions by internationally renowned artists in some of London’s most popular parks. In 2010, raumlaborberlin developed a mobile, inflatable pavilion that toured thirteen London parks and public spaces presenting a diverse programme of cultural events and activities produced in partnership with leading cultural organisations. This ongoing project explores the possibilities for temporary, large scale public art, and is as much a celebration of the city’s most treasured open spaces as it is a cultural event. For 2011, the Floating Cinema with Somewhere and Studio Weave took the project into a new, water based territory. www.upprojects.com

About The Architecture Foundation

Founded in 1991 as the UK’s first independent architecture centre, The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency for contemporary architecture, urbanism and culture. We cultivate new talent and new ideas. Through our diverse programmes we facilitate international and interdisciplinary exchange, stimulate critical engagement amongst professionals, policy makers and a broad public, and shape the quality of the built environment. We are independent, agile, inclusive and influential. Central to our activities is the belief that architecture enriches lives.
www.architecturefoundation.org.uk

About The Legacy List

The Legacy List is a newly registered charity whose founding members were the Mayor of London’s office and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) and which will help deliver the cultural and education legacy of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surroundings. The mission is to actively engage people in the Park and the vision is to use the Park to transform people’s lives. This will be done by finding and funding an imaginative range of places, programmes and partnerships which deliver the charitable objectives of; Promoting the Park and contributing to its unique identity; Advancing arts and culture in and around the Park; Enhancing education and skills in and around the Park; Contributing to sustainable development in and around the Park; Engaging local communities in and around the Park. The charity is for the long-term benefit of East London, ensuring the developing culture of the park comes from the culture around it and making creative and sustainable connections between people and the park.

Bloomberg LP’s Philanthropy programme reflects the company’s core business – to connect people and communities to a dynamic network of information and data, opportunities and ideas. Through a wide range of dynamic partnerships with visual, performing and literary arts organisations across London, Bloomberg expands its commitment to artistic excellence and audience engagement in 2012 to look beyond the Olympic period and to focus on creating stronger and more sustainable communities for the future.

Bloomberg East – Bloomberg is proud to support the Legacy List in its mission to ensure a lasting legacy of art, culture, education and skills for the communities living in and around the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Bloomberg’s partnership with the Legacy List will support UP Projects’ Floating Cinema Extra-Ordinary and a series of regenerative art projects on the walls, towpaths and bridges of the canals around.

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