This year the festival theme is ‘STEAM Powered’, inserting Art into the STEM subjects Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and highlighting the value of creativity in innovation and industry.
As architects we practice in an increasingly digital world. Yet most of our earliest designs and ideas are portrayed through hand, as a quick and genuine tool. We wanted to show school children that the act of sketching ideas in our profession is the start of a hybrid process using digital platforms, that culminates in the final constructed building.
In line with the theme for the Big Draw this year, our interpretation of how the A in STEAM could be re-imagined was inspired by a collaboration between both our Analogue and Digital Studios. Our skills and interests call on all of the STEAM subjects and we wanted to showcase an example of how these work together.
Through our schools engagement programme, we collaborated with School 21 in Stratford to set up live digital links to share 10 minute drawings between ourselves in response to the same question: What will Stratford look like in 50 years?