The SpACE Yoke - Making More With Less

We set ourselves a challenge on the SpACE exhibition, showcasing Edinburgh’s sustainable journey to zero carbon, to design it using the minimum amount of recyclable materials and components.

The graphics are printed directly on to Dufaylite board which is made entirely of FSC grade paper, using an internal honeycomb structure to give it rigidity. Each board is connected together using custom designed, birch plywood, Yoke connectors to form a Y-shaped structure. It is just the boards and the Yoke connectors and a half-housed dry joint. No glue and no other structure or framing is involved. This allows the exhibition to be quickly assembled, relocated and re-purposed and ultimately recycled. It was an interesting challenge to see how we could do much more with less in a lean piece of design.

SpACE, the Space for Architecture, Carbon and Environment, is a pop-up public exhibition and events venue in Edinburgh that addresses the biggest issue of our time - the climate emergency - and how the built environment affects it. SpACE is for everyone involved with buildings and places, from the general public to professionals, planners, developers, contractors, heritage groups, students and many others.

The current SpACE exhibition has re-purposed the former Fire Station in Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, which now forms part of Edinburgh College of Art. It is open to the public from 11am to 6pm, every day from the 1st of November to 4th December 2021