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Designs for positive provocation

Temple Galaxia by Format

How can designers use the immediacy and impact of the physical nature of their work to inspire, influence behaviour and generate change?


01 Oct


13:00 - 14:00


Online session


Format engineers have produced a climate action installation for the V&A and are internationally known for their beautiful and dramatic work like their installation for the Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

Join us to hear thoughts from Stride Treglown and from Format on the role of art, architecture and engineering to address some of today’s challenges, and for a preview of a bold climate action installation they are collaborating on in Bath.


Stephen Melville, founding Director  – Format

Formerly a Director of Whitbybird Engineers then Design Director of Ramboll UK, Stephen set up Format in 2014 with the goal of establishing an Engineering design studio which considered Structural Engineering, geometry modelling, digital optimisation, fabrication, research and education as an seamless entity and as a bridge between the worlds of Science, art, architecture and design.

He is CABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, the IStructE Digital Design panel, the visiting RIBA education board and was a member of the 2013 RIBA awards jury and the 2018 RIBA Rising stars jury.

Stephen regularly lectures and critiques at Architecture schools across the world. He has published several papers on the subject of digital design in Engineering and Architecture and on innovation in project design. Stephen’s recent projects include the world’s largest tensegrity structure at Goodwood Festival of Speed and installations at the V&A London and Dundee. The company was recently featured in Bath Unlimited’s publication ‘Made in Bath’ together with other innovative business such as Real World Studios, Moulton Bikes and Bertinet Bakery.

Rob Delius, Architect and Head of Sustainability – Stride Treglown

Rob has been responsible for a number of award-winning projects, including Great Bow Yard in Somerset which was named ‘most energy efficient street in the UK’ when it was completed. He led the practice’s finalist entry for the RIBA international competition ‘Re-imagining the Garden City’ and has been the winner of two other RIBA competitions: ‘Tomorrow’s Garden City: A sustainable approach to living’; and ‘Imagine Bath’. He has also been behind several initiatives focussing on wellbeing, placemaking and sustainability, including 52 Big Ideas for Bristol and the Therapeutic City in Bath.

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