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.
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 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.
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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, 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.”
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.
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