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Architects build gingerbread city to whet appetite for design

LONDON (Reuters) – Architects swapped conventional constructing supplies for sugar and spice to create an edible gingerbread city of the longer term at London’s V&A Museum, to present that city planning will be enjoyable, and attractive.

The annual exhibition, which runs from Dec. eight to Jan. 6, showcases buildings by architects, designers and engineers who had been requested to create a sustainable and inclusive city of the longer term.

“We design and we work a lot in model making, and at this scale as well,” mentioned Robert Nolan, an architect at APT.

“If you can see yourself having fun with just gingerbread and then transplant that to something a bit more realistic, actually it’s not too far off and actually design is fun.”

More than 60 constructions have been baked and the city includes a cable automotive made from liquorice, and cycle lanes and pedestrian route made fully of sugar, whereas Holland Harvey Architects designed a contemporary homeless shelter.

“We had to be very careful when making it that suddenly you might be halfway through making something and then be like ‘oh, wait, where did that piece go? Oh, we’ve actually gone and eaten it’,” Nolan mentioned.

Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Editing by Louise Heavens

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