Viewing posts from: March 2016
Week 3 Diary


Back at Edventure for Week 3 … time flies!  Host for the week is marvellous Mona who started the day off by prompting a confession from each of us of our most memorable musical theatre moments. Previous Edventurer Ben Horne came and gave us a thought provoking talk about his experience at the Jungle in Calais.  This was followed by (careful) roleplaying of the various risks that could occur in the workshop:  Shoes on, hair up, saws the right way round please!



Host Mona serenaded us on the ukulele, at the check-in today, performing a fantastic song about climate change.  We carried on with the design of the semi-independent living structure and made a 1:1 detail of the roof. The site team carried on clearing the never-ending ivy!!!  Most of us stayed behind in the evening to watch a film called ‘Tiny’(Click link here), a documentary about tiny homes — very inspiring.


Morning check-in again, counting to twenty proving to be very difficult. Catch-up with everyone on how the tasks for the week are progressing. Site clearance was finished today (for now anyway). The project planners are testing their numeracy skills. Materials have arrived for soundproofing the workshop. In-jokes are starting… “hoops or arches?”



After a slightly late start, we began the day with a business development session with Johannes, where we try to pin down our key questions and assumptions. After lunch Neil and Amelia took us for a metaphorical swim. The afternoon was spent soundproofing the workshop, working out templates and planning the roles for next week.
The pace is picking up and with another week finished we’re all poised at the side of the pool ready to jump into week 4.

(Written by a hardworking member of the student team)

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Jam packed week two (an Edventurers perspective)

Leading the group through the jam-packed-algebraic-schedule of events in week two was the calm, collected and bubbly Georgia. Indeed shepherding us into formation, but also providing us with inspiring and illuminating interludes of drawing, reading and dreaming. Thaaaaank you!

So what did we do? Felt disturbed and interested to understand our minds during a Transactional Analysis workshop with Neil. Absorbed design knowledge and considerations from our experts Ebanie and Graham. Split up into four teams to research different areas of the build. Delivered a presentation of our initial ideas to the client – including; some large and small scale models, drawings, Sketch Up plans (computer-aided 3D design), along with much blood sweat and tears.
Johannes interwove our minds with post-it notes during a  w-h-o-l-e  day and a half of project planning and learning, there was lots of heady terminology which made the team make noises like argh, ehhh, urghhhhh.

We wouldn’t have accomplished any of this had we not been fed and watered so very well …freshly cooked lunches made by any one of us new Edventurers. Hydrated and propped up with fair-trade caffeine from the Hub, and kept smitten and smiling with freshly baked flapjacks by the sweet treat goddess Esther (of the last Edventure team challenge)! thank you all

Collectively we’re inspired and happy to build something beautiful and as conscious as possible.There is also a deep understanding amongst the group of displacement through lack of housing and the effects this can have on your life and well being, and this not least makes us incredibly aware of people suffering far and wide across Europe and the world. No doubt the group has been in quite unfamiliar and somewhat uncomfortable waters the past couple of weeks getting  in to the rhythm of it all. But what we’re also understanding more and more, day by day, is each other. And how to progress in on this Edventure together 🙂 GO TEAM GO!  Quote of the week: “it’s so nice to have so many brains…” Sam

Written in slow-motion betwixt one of the artist’s on board and her daydreaming mind

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A housing solution – Edventure students get to work!









Building firm foundations and a strong team (with marshmallows and pasta).

A new cohort of Edventure students have begun a two month long training in community enterprise, this time with a focus on creating affordable living solutions for young people.

The group of students, which includes two architects, two builders, a plumber and three artists will spend the next eight weeks building a ‘Tiny house’ (or ‘micro home’) for a local business owner who would like a semi – independent living structure for her garden.

As young adults, many of us are struggling with the challenge of finding affordable accommodation. Many won’t be able to afford their own home in the foreseeable future, but are finding that renting a room in a shared house does not offer enough privacy or independence. The living structure, designed by architectural designers Ebanie Powell and Graham Burgess with the help of the students at Edventure, is being built to offer one solution.

As well being part of designing and building the prototype, the students are working to set up a business to offer these structures to the public at an affordable price to be used as office space, an extra bedroom, or to be occupied by a lodger.

One design feature is that the spaces will be ‘flat packable’. It will be possible for someone to own their own living accommodation and move it between locations which would suit those of us with more transient lifestyles.

During the next few months we look forward to inviting you to some events on the topic of housing and to sharing our story with you on the Edventure Blog.

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