Saturday, 21 November 2015
Take a peak in Pinterest and you'll see shipping containers put to good use beyond their intended purpose. Swimming pools, mobile pizza oven, university dormatory blocks, a bar, green house even as large scale art installations.
Kevin McCloud (orange hard hat above) has used his popular Channel 4 hit TV show Grand Designs to campaign for residential home building innovation and his personal sustainable passion for the environment. In this linked episode he follows a Northern Irish architect who chose to build his dream home on a farm using four shipping containers. Watch out for the chocolate stick visual modelling (Kit Kat).
Fast Food pop up restaurant situated near the taxi rank on Frankfurt International Airports kerbside.
Used as promotional, temporary storage during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
BBC used blue containers for their TV studio at London 2012 Olympics
Containers offer a practical building solution for glacier visitors in Iceland
Royal Holloway MBAs have been challenged by Thorpe Park Resort to consider 'what next' for their highly innovative Shark Hotel. Link here for more details. It is one of four live business consultancy challenges that have been woven into the general management programme for work experienced professionals.
Royal Holloway MBA:
Thinking outside the box ?
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Lynne Schey approached Royal Holloway with a real challenge.
What did her successful wood flooring, cladding and decking company need to do to its website to remain competitive ?
|Sustainable Amazonian Hard Woods|
WoodTrend is a premium, sustainable company which has taken painstaking care to ensure that its Brazilian forestry complies to the highest levels of contemporary ethical business. Imitators have copied innovative 'hidden nail' joinery design that had been a source of competitive advantage. Increasingly sophisticated web based shop windows have seen strong price transparency emerge, driving commodity-price focussed consumption. Architects on large, high end construction projects are increasingly under pressure to 'value engineer' their designs to offer a luxurious look on a lean budget, putting further pressure on margins.
|Rodrigo in discussion with the group|
Justin O'Brien, MBA Director at Royal Holloway, was delighted at the high levels of energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by the students, who were mid-way through their first term of an intensive study programme. This was the first of four real, live business consultancies the hard working group have woven into their demanding and practically oriented full time masters degree.