If you are parent to a young Zaha Hadid or Thomas Heatherwick then this workshop at the Design Museum could be right up your street. Taking inspiration from the craftsmanship and building techniques of leading UK architect David Chipperfield, kids will get their hands on construction kits from Meccano and learn the latest building techniques to make a 3d model of their ideal home.
Expert designers and architects will be on hand to offer guidance plus loads of design materials are available for a really creative model.
The workshops are on Sunday 1st November and 6th December from 2-5pm. They are aimed at kids from 5 to 11 and and free for the nippers, accompanying adults are £8.50 (all children must have an adult with them).
All places must be booked in advance on 020 7940 8783, email@example.com
The homeless charity Shelter is launching a campaign based on playing cards to raise awareness of the number of families who face losing their homes every year.
As part of the campaign Shelter have asked 53 designers and artists to each design a card, which will then be auctioned off individually and printed as a limited edition set. The great and the good of the design world have contributed including Vivienne Westwood, Tim Walker, Barbara Hulanicki and the Chapman brothers among many others.
Although huge shows can be an exhausting prospect Grand Designs Live, which is on in Birmingham from 9th-11th October, has some highlights that could make the effort worthwhile.
The focus is on design, build, interiors and innovation rather than purely shopping. Show highlights include 'The House of the Future' from Samsung giving visitors a peek at what technology will be de rigeur in your home in ten or twenty years time. The Grand Village shows the latest in eco-friendly houses, and there are also seminars everyday from TV design folk such as George Clark, Diarmuid Gavin and of course Kevin McCloud.
Tickets cost £13 and are available to buy online now at the website which has lots more info and photos of what will be on show.