The Listening Project Booth

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CAR Director Tyrone Bowen provided structural engineering design advice to London architects JaK Studio for the BBC Radio 4 Listening Project booth. The aim was to produce a lightweight, demountable structure for the mobile recording studio.

The Listening Project is the BBC initiative in which people across the UK record a conversation with someone close to them on a subject they have never discussed before.

In 2013 Radio 4 and the RIBA launched a search for a designer to create a mobile space that would allow producers to bring The Listening Project further into local communities to capture and preserve unique conversations.

The commission was awarded to London architects JaK Studio, whose design took the form of a speech bubble and was inspired by the iconic Airstream caravan.
The Listening Project tour was launched on Radio 4 on 9 June. Some of these conversations are broadcast across BBC radio and will be archived by the British Library.

Photo © Nick Kane

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