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The m-ch prototype
The m-ch will be on show

Festival of Xtreme Building

A building made from junk mail, a tiny home and Will Alsop's ‘Fashion House’ are just three of the innovative structures being showcased at the four month FXB, from Friday 8 June 2007.

Located on a site opposite the new Matthew Boulton College the Festival of Xtreme Building (FXB), aims to shine an international spotlight on the £6bn regeneration of Eastside in Birmingham.

The T-House
The T-House

Internationally renowned architects, professional building developers and designers will be showing off their work at the festival, and attempting to engage the public in the regeneration project.

Over a period of four months, a ‘parallel artist-led city’ will be constructed in Eastside. Ten artists will be creating ten structures, mimicking the real-life regeneration activities that surround the site.

The m-ch

The highlight of the launch will be Professor Richard Horden’s micro-compact home (m-ch). The 2.65m2 aluminium cube is a light weight, low energy dwelling designed for short-stay, smart living. 

During the festival members of the public will have the opportunity to win a night in the tiny building.

Fashion House

The Paper House
The Paper House

In September a 12m2 ‘Fashion House’ designed by celebrity artist Will Alsop will be exhibited. Fashion students from Matthew Boulton College will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with him. Together they'll be hosting a catwalk show with a difference. 

The T and Paper houses

The T-House by Colin Pearce and Ranbir Lal, a deconstruction of the Japanese tea house and the English garden pavilion will be on show, as will Peter Hadfield’s Paper House, a building inspired by junk mail.

International Shopping Connection

Also, Norbert Brunner’s’ International Shopping Connection’ building will be on display. This structure shows live streaming images from a number of European retail centres, allowing people to shop interactively across national boundaries. So a person trying on a pair of jeans in Birmingham can ask someone in Moscow how they look!

Dave Pollard

The T-House
The T-House

Dave Pollard, curator of FXB, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for designers, constructors and members of the public to design and make amazing, extreme structures that will be exhibited in a highly visible location.

"I am genuinely excited to see how the project develops and to be a part of the many wonderful structures that will appear as a part of the festival.

“Most talk these days refers to sustainability in terms of energy and low carbon footprints. I say, if people are disconnected from buildings, they (the buildings) won’t survive. There’s a need to give people a sense of pride and ownership of their surroundings.”

More information

Price: Entry to the festival is free.
Dates: Launches Friday 8 June 2007, on for four months.
Location: Opposite the new Matthew Boulton College, Digbeth.

Visitors to the site will be able to explore the buildings on display.

For more information see:

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last updated: 04/06/07
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