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26 May 2017

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Re-Think Competition in 2017

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Re-Think Competition
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All humanity’s potential lies within the mind. Ideas are a testament to this fact. They change how we live, how we interact, how we feel. Ideas are everything. So now it’s time to show yours.

Balmond Studio Re-Think competition

Balmond Studio Projects

The Star of Caledonia Sculpture
Design: Cecil Balmond
Star of Caledonia
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Star of Caledonia – 1 Mar 2013
Aworld class landmark, designed by world-leading artist/designer Cecil Balmond and Dumfriesshire’s eminent land artist Charles Jencks, on the border between Scotland and England one step closer.

Snow Words, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Snow Words Tower of Light
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Cecil Balmond Project – 18 Oct 2012
Snow Words is an abstract time piece embodying a code. The secret to the artwork is based on repeat motifs that in turn are spaced out in an aperiodic sequence. The spacing of the lights, with its gaps and solids, draw inspiration from prime numbers – part of the fabric of the Universe.

29 Sep 2011

Cecil Balmond – Prince Philip Designers Prize 2011 Nomination

Cecil Balmond nominated for Prince Philip Designers Prize 2011

Cecil Balmond:
Cecil Balmond
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Cecil Balmond has been shortlisted for the Prince Philip Designers Prize 2011, the winner of which will be announced on Tuesday 29th November. The prize is Britain’s longest running design award, celebrating design careers which have made an outstanding contribution to British business and society. Previous winners include inventor Sir James Dyson (1997) and designer Thomas Heatherwick (2006).

The prize was first awarded in 1959 and has since recognised contenders working in fields ranging from graphics and household products to architecture and engineering. The judging panel is chaired by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

Cecil Balmond is one of the most influential designers of his generation. Pushing the limits of what is possible, his “genius has been crucial to the emergence of a new aesthetic” (Nicolai Ouroussoff, New York Times). Interrogating and applying advanced geometric thinking to how space can be organised and experienced, Balmond creates new horizons in design, engineering and art. His dynamic approach is informed by the sciences of complexity, non-linear organisation and emergence of form.

Star of Caledonia Sculpture for Gretna, by Balmond Studio:
Star of Caledonia Sculpture for Gretna
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The former deputy chairman of Arup, Balmond set up his own research-focused practice, Balmond Studio, in 2010. The studio undertakes a variety of design, art and architecture projects and is currently working on a £3m national monument, The Star of Caledonia, for the border between England and Scotland and a $400m mixed-use development in Asia. His previous awards include the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Theory in Practice in 2003 and the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize for his book Informal (2002) in 2005.

Balmond currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at Penn Design as Professor of Architecture, a position once held by Louis Khan. He is the founder of the NSO (Non-Linear Systems Organization), a material and structural research unit at Penn. He lectures and teaches extensively and has been Kenzo Tange Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, Saarinen Professor at Yale University School of Architecture and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Balmond is this year’s winner of the IED Gerald Frewer Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution in the field of engineering and design.

Serpentine Pavilion 2002 by Toyo Ito and Cecil Balmond with Arup:
Serpentine Pavilion Cecil Balmond
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For more information please visit http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/ppdp

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Serpentine Pavilion Design, London – Rem Koolhaas (OMA) + Cecil Balmond, 2006
Serpentine Pavilion Rem Koolhaas Cecil Balmond
photograph © 2007 John Offenbach

Olympic Park Landmark design : ArcelorMittal Orbit – designed by Anish Kapoor with Cecil Balmond/Arup
ArcelorMittal Orbit
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