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CAT summer school students build woodland sanctuary and riverside walkway

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Upcoming CAT Emergence Summit to welcome creatives engaged with climate change


From the 26th July to the 5th August, Centre of Alternative Technology Professional Diploma students constructed a woodland sanctuary and walkway as part of their practical summer assignment.The project was lead by Geoff Stowe of the Walter Segal Trust and WISE architect Pat Borer.


This is the summer workshop’s fourth season, with last year’s bird hide shortlisted for an AJ Small Projects award. Previous projects include a wooden classroom structure in 2010.


As in previous years, the design was developed during a charette, and then students spent a week building project in a wooded area close to Machlynlleth, used by CAT for teaching forest management.


The structure was designed and built entirely by the students with timber sourced within 5 miles from the site. The project offers students first-hand experience working with timber, along with practice in problem-solving and operating as a team.


The sanctuary is now open to the public.







Time lapse construction


Also at CAT and coming up soon is the Emergence | Summit. From September 7 to 9, CAT will welcome 200 artists and designers to a programme of events addressing the potential of the creative industries to engage with the complex challenges of climate change.


The Emergence Summit will welcome 200 environmentally-minded arts practicioners to CAT

Organised by Volcano Theatre and Sustain Wales among others, Emergence Summit is supported by Arts Council Wales, and contributors include Rupesh Shah, Touchstone Collaborations, Gary Anderson and Rob Newman. The weekend aims to engage with artists and creative practitioners to develop the role of the arts in envisioning a sustainable society by 2030. Workshops and lectures will be held in the new WISE building.

For more information on this course and other MSc courses, see the AJ guide to masters in sustainable design here.


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