Art and Architecture at Nott: Just a City

Last week I blogged about my visit to see the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Olympic park in London, click here to see it. The point I made in this was that Art and Architecture cannot become one entity in the form of a building.

I maintain that view when it comes to physical buildings, but my perspective was broadened on this last night when I visited the ‘Nott: Just a City‘ exhibition in The Pod, Nottingham. The Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects (NDSA) have run this event for a few years now and they invite local practices and students alike to showcase their work. This creates a great fusion of design thinking and practice achievements.

photo 1(1)Last night Elliott Wood hosted an excellent ‘British’ themed drinks event at the exhibition, with all drinks and food being from local/ British sources. It was great to catch up with some friends in the Nottingham property community, especially as I don’t ‘live’ in the city now in terms of my work base.

In addition to some design inspiration and stimulating conversations (especially with my good friend John McCay on ‘infographics’) I took two key things away with me last night;

– Art and Architecture definitely DOES exist – in the illustrated form. There were some excellent examples of creative design and different presentation techniques, including some physical models which I always like to see.

– Nottingham really IS a ‘Talented’ city (which was the message the city took to MIPIM last month). The engagement between industries and Nottingham’s two superb Universities is so important – and last night was a great showcase of this.

photo 1-2If you get a chance, call into the NDSA Nott: Just a City exhibition before the 19th April. It’s worth a visit, especially to see Elliott Woods parabolic structure…

Thanks to Gary Elliott, Stephen King and the team at Elliott Wood. A really good and different event.

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