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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lego Challenge: For children, or Scotland's top-notch architects?

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The BBC reports:

Five of Scotland's top architecture practices have accepted a challenge to design a building out of Lego ... The Lego buildings will be displayed at the Scottish Design Awards Nominations Exhibition on Wednesday. The designs, which will also be shown at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, will be auctioned off for charity in May. The winner of the Lego challenge will be announced at the Scottish Design Awards Gala Dinner on 29 May.

Lego Challenge competitors include some of Scotland's (and the world's) leading architecture firms, including Aedas, Michael Gilmour Associates, and RMJM. In the BBC's video feature, Isabel Garriga (of architects gm+ad) compares the Lego color scheme to that of modernist painter Piet Mondrian, explaining that, for open-minded adults, Legos could be considered a form of collaborative sculpture.

(Photo courtesy Brick Testament, a web comic devoted to hysterical Bible satire, using images created totally out of Lego blocks.)

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