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Calmast provides 'Structural Fun' at the Waterford Festival of Architecture

As part of the Waterford Festival of Architecture, Calmast gave two ‘Structures’ workshops on Sunday the 8th of May in the marquee at John Roberts Square in the centre of Waterford City. 

Particpants were invited to consider: "What makes a structure stand up? What makes a strong bridge?  All this and more were explored during the workshops, where participants were given a crash-course in architecture and engineering. Particpants built portals, corbells and arches and saw a number of demonstrations. This was followed with two challenges: making the strongest bridge possible using an A4 sheet of paper and building the tallest tower possible using three sheets of paper (no other materials allowed).

The sessions were finished with the assembley of a model cable-stay bridge showing the principles of the wonderful new Waterford Bridge. All the partcipants were able then to walk over this model bridge.

There was a great atmosphere on the day with many families taking place. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm, ingenuity and creativity shown by all the partcipating children. The Calmast sessions alternated with excellent "Architecture and Craftmanship" workshops by Aoife Banim. Other events taking place in the square included Rethink Waterford a brilliant display by WIT Architecture Students provoking passers-by to declare their own thoughts, hopes and visions for Waterford City.

Now in its 11th year, the Waterford Festival of Architecture is the only architecture festival outside the capital. The festival focuses on innovative work by Irish and international architects and will include original designs by Waterford IT architecture students. A list of the festival’s events can be found at


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