25 January 2015
Camden mushroom farm
We're working with the urban farming startup Article No.25 to integrate commercial-scale farming into the fabric of the city. The pilot project has gone in for planning, and soon should be producing 750kg of Oyster and Shitake mushrooms every month from a disused basement garage in Camden.
16 January 2015
A packed meeting for the launch of "Longfield Listens" - work has started on the next phase of the Longfield Hall project, with a consultation programme to listen to local residents in parallel with a series of surveys of the historic building. Local residents can fill in the questionnaire online here.
19 December 2014
A preview shot of one of the timber models for the KL Civic project - more to follow...
2 December 2014
Our entry for the Guggenheim Helsinki competition - this is an isometric drawing showing the new structure in relation to the harbour and the city. We'll put the rest online soon.
28 November 2014
The book promotes and explores an extended situational practice of graphic design and tests the idea of the 'visual event'. It compiles contributions from different disciplines alongside the work of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, and includes our essay 'Event Spaces: Infrastructure, Interference, and Indeterminacy'.
16 November 2014
A visit to the workshop making the two prototype furniture pieces for the Factory collection - room divider and library ladder. The steel frames are nearly complete.
29 October 2014
Our Hand Car Wash project is on show at Cities Methodologies, UCL Urban Lab's annual exhibition of innovative methods of urban research. The opening was last night and we'll be talking there today. The show runs until the end of the week at the Slade Research Centre in Woburn Square, London.
20 October 2014
London Met Connect
Five gatehouse structures have been built by our students in Architecture Studio 8 at the Cass, working in collaboration with Rowan Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities as part of Islington Exhibits and London Met Connect.
The five structures are installed in the courtyard of the LMU Tower building courtyard, positioned to mark the entrances to key spaces for the event, which runs for five days from today.
15 September 2014
Brixton Design Week
As part of Brixton Design Week, we're working with local social enterprise and youth design agency HustleBucks to run some workshops in Brixton Village, making T-shirts with kids using offcuts from HustleBucks' printing process
Here's a photo from Saturday showing a detail of our remixed market stalls - thanks to Brixton Market Traders Federation for lending us the market frames and to Max Creasy for taking the photographs of the market that we used in the workshop. We'll be back next Saturday afternoon, so if you're looking after kids in the area, bring them along - event details here.
We'll also be talking at the 'Change Brixton by Design' event on Wednesday evening - event details and booking here.
20 August 2014
Hand Car Wash
Our Hand Car Wash project has been selected for Cities Methodologies 2014 - UCL Urban Lab's annual exhibition exploring innovative urban research.
The Hand Car Wash is a street-level incarnation of the idea of ‘pop-up’ or ‘meanwhile’ uses for empty urban sites. Operating at the very margins of legality within the cash economy, these sites use manual labour to replace a process which was once automated. We have documented 17 different Hand Car Wash sites in South London using a combination of reportage photography and analytical drawing, working in collaboration with photographer Matt Clayton.
29 July 2014
On site in Borough
An evening site visit to check progress on our fit-out for a digital design agency in Borough. The black timber frames support wall panels of raw OSB. These frames are lined internally with a seamless white surface to create spaces for meeting and concentrating on projects in small groups.
13 July 2014
Exhibition in Leipzig
The exhibition 'Heart, Allure, and Feeling' has opened at the Museum of Fine Art in Leipzig, marking the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig and featuring work by graduates of the school.
The Modern Follies project, our collaboration with Oliver Klimpel and the school's System-Design Class, was selected for the exhibition. The students created an interior ensemble relating to the courtyard installation, with a full-scale wall drawing of the pavilion and mobile staircase in pencil and three furniture objects to provide an environment for reading the Visual Event book.
The show runs until 19th October 2014.
9 July 2014
First photos in Bermondsey
We have the first few shots of our lobby interior in Bermondsey - here's a detail of the terrazzo flooring and skirting, which integrates ventilation outlets.
25 June 2014
The Cass summer show opens today in Central House opposite the Whitechapel Gallery.
Our students in Studio 8 have been studying the phenomenon of the supermarket and designing new spaces for food supply and social exchange. This drawing shows their studies of the mediaeval typology of the Market Hall, which accommodates an enclosed room for governance over an open space for commerce.
Studio 8 focuses on the large and ugly structures which are central to global capitalism, exploring the nature of shared space within contemporary society and proposing optimistic models for new forms of public building.
18 June 2014
Book launch in Brno
'THE VISUAL EVENT - An Education in Appearances' edited by Oliver Klimpel and published by Spector Books is launched today at the Brno Biennale.
The book promotes and explores an extended situational practice of graphic design and tests the idea of the 'visual event'. It compiles contributions from different discplines alongside the work of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, and includes our essay 'Event Spaces: Infrastructure, Interference, and Indeterminacy'.