In partnership with Birmingham Made Me and the Birmingham City University Institute of Art and Design, Mobile Studio hosted a brilliant design dialogue between Birmingham Alabama (BA) and Birmingham Britian (BB) on the topic of sustainable cities and the role of creative industry in the 21st century.
Happening concurrently at historic Sloss Furnace in BA and Millennium Point BB, the live design exchange was attended by a dynamic mix of parliamentarians, city council members, manufacturing CEO’s, academics, design advocates, and public historians.
In the midst of stimulating conversations on the challenges of building smart city infrastructure for low carbon futures, Wiliam McGrath- CEO of AGA Rangemaster, threw down the gauntlet and challenged his city’s namesake to the Iron Bowl of Design!!!
Lifting an original cast iron bowl to the screen, McGrath reminded us of the original inventor/designer of the iron pot, Abraham Darby, who in 1707, invented the coke-fired, green sand-cast method for producing light weight, low-cost, durable cast iron cookware. He suggested that Alabama’s most important sports tournament, named for this significant moment/innovation in industrial history be used symbolically to inaugurate and inspire a new era of international collaboration: the Iron Bowl of Design. Mobile Studio is honored to make this happen!