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Something & Son

Following a significant period of research Something & Son developed a project which playfully tested out ways of both physically and mentally bringing the town and University closer together. 

Their commission led them to invite Loughborough academics to give 'Market Lectures' lectures in the Market Place and for the market to be relocated to the University campus to trade for a special 'University Market'.

Something & Son created a structure to be used within both a market and lecture scenario as a way of bridging the gap between the town and campus. The design is based on a retractable lecture bleachers that when opened can either become a small lecture theatre or, by using the underneath void, a covered market stall. The structure can then be added to with additional chairs to provide a lecture format or more stalls to provide a market. 

By organising a market on campus they hoped to demonstrate how empty spaces on campus can be appropriated to blur the boundary between University and town and to open up the closed market of the University to small independent traders. By disrupting the traditional patterns of trade on campus they hoped to provide a blueprint for the future whereby there is this sort of engagement with the town and its suppliers.

About

Something & Son is a London based practice founded by Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth in 2010. Their work reflects their varied backgrounds and shared passion in art, social systems, the environment and engineering, leading them to produce popular, provocative and witty work that tackles social and environmental challenges of our time. A keenness to collaborate has led them to work alongside and amongst others; swift experts, mushroom men, scrapyard merchants, farmers, scientists, horticulturalists, sound engineers, manicurists and sociologists…

As often as possible they look to build projects with a legacy by producing business models to help ensure a lasting future. Through their work as Something & Son they set up a farm in a shop, new systems of mass customisation, built an experimental community spa and with Makerversity created London’s largest Makerspace.

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Loughborough University Arts

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Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

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01509 222 881

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