Working alongside fellow postgraduate students from other institutions and other disciplines was a very valuable experience. An architect's spin on a proposal from a sculptor which is then stretched out by a fashion designer, spun together by a product designer and so on. This was the exciting part for us – throwing ideas around and seeing how they register in someone else’s professional language, then translating it all to make sense. Dynamic stuff happens in these moments and this day was full of them.
Sir Nicholas Serota clearly picked up on our desire to engage with the people involved in the 2012 Games – that we wanted to allow people to feel a part of this celebration, no matter their place or position, and a large number of the ideas reflected that – the human element, the sense of community and communal achievement; a refreshing surge of optimism.
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It was also encouraging to see the ODA engaging with us in such an enthusiastic way – acknowledging the breadth of talent in the creative industries eager to make this event something really special. I for one sincerely look forward to seeing the results of this workshop in the future as it indicates a real and valuable engagement with the artists and designers of the future; those who will be helping shape London’s culture, post-2012.
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