Press release issued 18 June 2012
There are about 80 LEGO bricks for every person on earth and over the years approximately 600 billion LEGO elements have been manufactured. A talk later this week by a Senior Design Manager at LEGO will offer a unique insight into the world of LEGO.
Simon Kent, Senior Design Manager on the LEGO Creator design team, and who some might say has one of the best jobs in the world, will talk about the design processes at LEGO.
Simon will talk about how design details are added to houses and introduce the growing LEGO Architecture series, using case studies including the LEGO Creator house design, direct modular building and world building design models.
People will have the opportunity to hear about how the LEGO Creator studio building in Denmark has been renovated to make it more modern and "play" orientated linking to the LEGO ideal.
Members of the public attending the talk will have the chance to win a LEGO prize if they guess the correct number of bricks in a LEGO model.
Colin Taylor, Professor of Earthquake Engineering in the University's Department of Civil Engineering, said: "Countless young engineers and architects will have cut their teeth on LEGO over many decades.
"It represents the best in product design - sophisticated and imaginative design thinking that leads to the simplest of concepts offering unbounded creativity and fun - just like the best full-scale civil engineering!"
RIBA South West Regional Director, Jon Watkins, added: "We want to excite, inspire and inform people about the built environment, and to reveal the fun side of architecture and design for people through this event."
We love LEGO . . . will take place on Friday 22 June at 6 pm in the Pugsley Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol, Queen's Building, University Walk, Bristol.
Entry to the talk is £6 / £4.20 (concession). To book call RIBA South West on tel 0844 800 2767 or visit www.lovearchitecture.org to book online.
Her Majesty The Queen opened the Queen’s Building at the University of Bristol, the Faculty of Engineering’s base in University Walk, on 5 December 1958.
At the opening, a tablet was installed to mark the long-standing support of the Society of Merchant Venturers to the Faculty. In 1909, when the University received its Royal Charter, the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College engineering department became the Faculty of Engineering.
On Friday 25 February 2005 Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, opened BLADE (Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics Engineering).
BLADE, located in the Queen’s Building and part of the dynamics and control research activity at the University, is concerned with research problems relating to modelling, simulation and control of civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering systems.
We love LEGO . . . is part of Love Architecture, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ nationwide festival, which explores and celebrates the architecture that makes up our homes, communities and workplaces. Love Architecture runs from 15 to 24 June 2012.
The legendary Sopwith Camel, the aircraft flown by WWI aces and one of the most recognisable British aircraft to take to the skies, has been recreated as a LEGO® Exclusive model in 2012
Image by used by permission ®2012 The LEGO Group
Countless young engineers and architects will have cut their teeth on LEGO over many decades.
We want to excite, inspire and inform people about the built environment, and to reveal the fun side of architecture and design for people through this event.