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Master of Architecture students win two grants to build at Burning Man festival 2013

9 May 2013

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Master of Architecture (RIBA Part II) students Athanasios Korras and Georgia Collard-Watson from Westminster's Design Studio DS10 have both been awarded Burning Man Art Grants, securing $30,000 funding to build at Burning Man festival this summer.

The two projects being built are Athanasios Korras’s Fractal Cult, a ten metre high climbable fractal pyramid, and Georgia Collard-Watson's project Shipwreck, a large wooden sculpture which rises out of the desert sand like a boat.

Burning Man is held each year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, in the United States. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance, where all material, food and  water must be brought to site as the nearest shop is over 100 miles  away, and no money is used on site. The week-long festival culminates with the burning of all the major art pieces.

They  will be utilising the latest digital manufacturing techniques to  prefabricate the projects in the States, before heading to Nevada in  August with the rest of their design studio and tutors, Arthur Mamou-Mani and Toby Burgess. Prototypes of the projects will be displayed at the end of year architecture exhibition at the University of Westminster.

You can support their upcoming Kickstarter campaign and follow their progress on the Westminster DS10 studio blog at

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