The Penguin Pool is Arup's global creative events series designed to inform, inspire and entertain.
The series takes its name from Arup's first project - the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. It was a brave solution that introduced us to the design world back in 1935.
With these events, held all over the world, Arup aims to encourage new connections and seed future collaborations across the design community. To date we have hosted Penguin Pool nights in Beijing, Cape Town, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney (where it began) and Toronto.
Watch this space for more details of our forthcoming events and follow @ThePenguinPool on Twitter for information on our emerging plans.
London - 16 September
The next London Penguin Pool event will coincide with the London Design Festival, featuring guest speaker furniture and lighting designer David Trubridge. The talk will discuss the global exploitation of nature and how the wild has become a relentless juggernaut. Throughout our 100,000 year history, art has played a vital role in reconnecting us with nature and providing social cohesion to overcome threats. Based on his personal experiences in the wild, David Trubridge will offer his views on this role, and how creativity relates to the way our brains operate.
Amsterdam - 26 September 2013
The first Amsterdam Penguin Pool will revolve around ‘Senses’. Our interaction with the world depends on our senses, but today we often rely on one sense: our sight. This Penguin Pool will be an interactive event where emerging designers and creative professionals will stimulate our forgotten senses in alternative ways. Activities will include an intro to neuroscience (Devika Narain), a disorienting experience in the Sound Illusion Cube (Thijs Eerens), taste and smell workshops (Sfeercateraar Hééérlijk, Annindriya), neuromapping (Mindfree), alternative exiting design methods (Michiel van der Kley), live music (Basterdsuiker) and more. The Penguin Pool will be held at the Amsterdam Arup office.
Due to the limited size the event will be by invite only. For more information contact email@example.com.
London - 28 May 2013
Our latest London Penguin Pool revolved around landscape and nature. Dan Pearson gave an inspiring talk about his beautiful Millennium Forest in Japan, and while the uplifting sound of ‘More Like Trees’ filled the atrium, alternative food company ENTO gave us a peek in what the future of food looks like according to them. The Arup SoundLab formed a refuge from the crowd offering meditation sessions with soothing sounds of nature playing in the background.
Melbourne – 19 March 2013
Our second Penguin Pool in Melbourne was all about ‘pop up’ design and spontaneity. Taking over the office front lawn with creative chaos, it featured an impromptu choir, performance art and “genome” networking, collage and crafting. A jam-packed night of phenomenal pop-up design and art pieces, in which guests could take part or stand back and talk and observe as we transformed a tranquil garden into a pop up festival experience.
Toronto – 7 March 2013
Our first ever session in Canada was a lively, interactive, insightful night focused on play and how it can inform and inspire the design process: How does play help us solve problems? How can we use play to spark creativity? How do games help us be better designers? The discussion panel, chaired by Arup’s Matt Browning, included Kate Hartman, Assistant Professor, Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD; Zahra Ebrahim, Principal and Founder archiTEXT; Mark Argo Founder of Aesthetec studio and Patrick Redding, Game Director from Ubisoft Toronto.
Cape Town – 28 February 2013
Our debut event in South Africa explored the secret life of objects, featuring and inspired by Brad Baard, Creative Director and Designer for the Cape Town Carnival. It delivered colourful spectacle and lots of surprises including sandpit creativity, a giant crocodile head and a man-sized dancing praying mantis!
Hong Kong – 4 December 2012
Our second night in Hong Kong focused on food. It was a journey for the senses and the soul, from seed to plate, with engineer-turned-Michelin-starred-chef Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation); designer-turned-chef Margaret Xu (Yin Yang); (IHM co-founder) Todd Darling and chef Vincent Lauria; and (Grassroots Pantry owner) Peggy Chan.
Dublin – 27 November 2012
Our first Penguin Pool event in Ireland featured a presentation from inspirational Irish furniture designer Joseph Walsh.
Manchester – 14 November 2012
Senses + design + creativity: featured Professor Trevor Cox on sound exploring and Victoria Henshaw on the power of smell in urban design, installations by Liam Hopkins of Lazerian design studio, sensory food, and live music.
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