14th November 2012, Manchester Arup offices.
senses + design + creativity
On 14 November 2012 Manchester hosted the first UK Penguin Pool outside London. The focus of the event revolved around the theme of senses + design + creativity. Inspiring talks were given by Professor Trevor Cox on how he has become a sound explorer and Victoria Henshaw introduced us to smell in urban design and 'smellwalks'. Liam Hopkins from Lazerian design studio created beautiful installations which were displayed around the offices in addition to 3 spectacular rugs from his 'Sensibus' range.
25th october 2012, Shanghai Arup office.
Rethinking the interactive experience
25 October Shanghai held its first Penguin Pool event, on rethinking the interactive experience. Industry leaders at the convergence of culture and new media debated how technologies are shaping the way we communicate, share information and experience reality. Speakers included Dan Roosegaarde, Dutch artist and architect, talking about interactive technology, art and sustainability; Tsz-Kwan Ng, Creative Director of yU+co Lab; Jin Ge, Senior Design Researcher of Ideo, talking about how Chinese netizens use the Internet and new media; and Hui-Hsui Lin, CEO and Co-Founder of Techart Group.
Footage of the evening
24th October 2012, Singapore Arup offices
24 October, our second session of The Penguin Pool in Singapore focused on backward thinking. Contrarian to a culture that is hung up on progress and forward thinking, our eclectic mix of panelists explored how in retrospect, looking back has in fact empowered their best creation.
9th October 2012, Melbourne Arup offices
On 9 October, we hosted our first Penguin Pool in Melbourne, Victoria, featuring creative professionals associated with Australian Ballet. Speakers included Australian Ballet set and costume designer Hugh Colman and choreographer Stephen Baynes; project designer Domenico Bartolo of Studio 21-19; and lighting designer Rachel Burke.
27th September 2012.
Cities and Connectivity
On 27 September, the Penguin Pool celebrated design in New York City. Exploring design for the future connectivity of the city, panelists included moderator Cheryl Heller, chair of the new MFA in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts; Ben Flanner, president and head farmer at Brooklyn Grange; Noah Rosenberg, founder of New York-focused multimedia magazine Narratively; Anthony Townsend, research director at Institute for the Future; Scott Burnham, creative director and urban strategist; and Joyce Chen, design strategist at Jump Associates. The event also featured displays and installations from +Pool, Control Group, Pitch Black, and other local innovators.
19th September 2012, London Arup office.
Design you can't see
19 September 2012, during the tenth annual London Design Festival, our fourth London Penguin Pool explored design you can't see, but can feel, perceive and interact with. Designer Jason Bruges (Jason Bruges Studio) spoke and showed recent projects, then joined a panel discussion including Professor Alan Chalmers (International Digital Laboratory); sound artist Ivan Pavlov (aka COH), one of the soundscape creators for the BE Open Sound Portal; and designer Eva Rucki (Troika). Interactive lighting exhibit 'Up and Away', created by Arup's Singapore office was installed for guests to experience and live music was provided by The Bonfire Band.
9 July 2012, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Self-healing materials – future or fantasy?
9 July 2012, The Penguin Pool was held for the first time in the Serpentine Pavilion (this year’s by Herzog& De Meuron with Chinese artist Ai WieWei and Arup). Mark Miodownik of the Institute of Making (IoM) talked about self-healing materials, there were making activities provided by the IoM Materials Library and live music all night from Brooke Sharkey and band.
Footage of the evening