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Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius 

It's your chance to investigate both the facts and the misconceptions that surround this great genius of the Renaissance: Was he the period's only designer of machines? Did all of his designs get fully constructed?

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I went to this exhibition to research Da Vinci's flight mechanisms, and particularly the materials he used. I was interested in how he was inspired by nature, as my form has been closely linked to the cocoon, his research was very interesting as he explored a wide range of animals in relation to how he could design a flight mechanism. Da Vinci also used wood and canvas a lot in his work, which linked closely to the form i am currently interested in, this inspired me to look further into how I can use materials that stretch over each other to create as interesting forms that have a function. 

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Creation from Catastrophe - RIBA

HOW ARCHITECTURE REBUILDS COMMUNITIES 27 JANUARY - 24 APRIL 

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?A disaster zone where everything is lost offers the perfect opportunity for us to take a fresh look, from the ground up, at what architecture really is.? Toyo Ito.

The destruction of cities, whether manmade or natural, can present unique opportunities to radically rethink townscapes. The exhibition 'Creation from Catastrophe ? how Architecture rebuilds Communities' explores the varying and sometimes magical ways that cities and communities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of disasters. It considers the evolving relationship between man, architecture and nature and asks whether we are now facing a paradigm shift in how we live and build in the 21st century. 

Starting with the five alternative plans for London created after the Great Fire of 1666, the exhibition takes the audience on a journey through 18th century Lisbon, 19th century Chicago, 20th century Skopje, ending in current day Nepal, Nigeria, Japan, Chile, Pakistan and USA.

This exhibition has been very pivotal for me, as I have been struggling with who or what my proposal would be for. This exhibition inspired me, as I like the idea of how architecture can rebuild communities, therefore I will research this further and look into how Mobile Architecture can have a similar affect. I was also interested to find some of the schemes I had already researched come up in this exhibition. 

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States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness

WELLCOME COLLECTION: 4 February 2016 - 16 October 2016

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 This changing exhibition will examine perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition will examine ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.

After completing the Narrative workshop, I decided to go tooth's exhibition as it linked well with my idea of memory and nostalgia. I enjoyed this exhibition as it linked to what I learnt during Psychology A-Level and my interests in the subconscious generally, however it did not link greatly to my project, or give me any ideas on how to move forward. The most useful part to me was the 'Language and Memory' section, however this was more based upon forming language than memory. 

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download.php?file=1994710&view=182426&embedded=1&textbox=1995333        Early Flight exhibit at the Science Museum 

From mankind's earliest dreams of flight to the wide-body aeroplanes of today, discover the absorbing story of flight.

I visited this museum after the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the science museum. I was interested by how the majority of the flight mechanisms used a cage structure, usually wood or a lightweight metal, with a material stretched over it. This gave me inspiration as to how my structure could possibly be made.

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/exhibitions/flight

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