Bristol Festival of Ideas – Thurs 19th Nov

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Irena will be speaking at a plenary session on 19th of November at Bristol Festival of Ideas- Festival of Cities in a session on New Thinking about Cities (2), Thursday 19 November 2015, 09.00-10.30 Watershed, Bristol. In this second session on new thinking about cities, there are contributions from: architect and writer Irena Bauman on resilience in neighbourhoods; writer and place-hacker Bradley Garrett on the need to oppose the privatisation of public space; Caroline Haynes (KPMG) on Magnet Cities; Charles Landry (Comedia) on ambitious cities; Mike Rawlinson (City ID) launches a manifesto for legible cities; and Melissa Sterry (design scientist and futurist) on bionic cities – how nature would design a city. Book your place here.

You can follow the event on Twitter @FestivalofIdeas and for the full programme see:


BLA at The Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition

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We are pleased to have participated in The Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition held on November 5th/6th in Birmingham. This is Europe’s leading museum and heritage event and the largest event of its kind for museum and heritage professionals in Europe with over 1,500 attendees from all over the world coming together to discuss the key issues affecting the sector.

  • Irena presented a panel convened by Derby Museums Silk Mill  titled Head, Heart, Hands – Think , Feel, Do . The panel reflected on the issues of co-production learned through the successful Re-Make The Museum pilot that led to an award of £9.4 Million grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a contribution of £4million for Derby City Council towards the development of Silk Mill: Museum of Making.
  • The panel was chaired by Daniel Martin from Silk Mill, with Helen Charman, Director of Learning and Research at Design Museum, London and Chris Keady Curator of Making and Lifelong Learning Programmer at Silk Mill as panelists.

For full details of the Conference Programme see:

Exploring Neepsend 2015 // Public Charrette


The Sheffield School of Architecture students on the MA in Urban Design Programme will be hosting a public design charrette “Exploring Neepsend 2015” this Thursday at KIAC (Kelham Island Arts Collective).

The students have been studying the area around Neepsend through a range of creative research urban design tools and methods. During the charrette they will share their findings and their views on the area, seek feedback on their proposals, and initiate a discussion around possible futures for Neepsend and surrounding areas.

This event is jointly organised by the Sheffield School of Architecture, SKINN and KIAC.

Where: KIAC, The Lions Works, 40 Ball St, Sheffield S3 8DB
When: Thursday 22 October 2015, 4-6pm



RISE Awards 2015

We were delighted on Friday evening to be the recipient of the RISE Awards 2015 for Product & Element Interface. The award recognises the development of our MassBespoke digital construction system, enabled by Innovate UK grant funding.

The RISE Awards celebrates research & development in academia and industry and is hosted by Leeds Beckett University. The awards ceremony followed the “Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering Design for Society” conference, with a keen focus on innovation.

Congratulations also to CITU for winning a RISE Awards in the category “Sustainable Development & Energy” and for hosting us at their dinner table.

Little Kelham, Sheffield

We are delighted to be working with Leeds-based developer CITU on their mixed-use residential project at Little Kelham in Sheffield. Adjacent to recent regeneration projects at Kelham Island, Little Kelham will be a new energy-efficient, low-carbon neighbourhood on a former steel works complex North of Sheffield City Centre. 153 super insulated and air-tight homes are currently being constructed using offsite technologies. The project is being fully documented and delivered to BIM Level 2.

Original site model by Sturgeon North/CAL Architects

As taken from Green Lane end, phase 1b is visible in the distance with the pitched roofs.First image: Original site model by Sturgeon North/CAL Architects
Second image: Taken from Green Lane end of the site, phase 1b is visible in the distance with the pitched roofs

Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale

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The Building Local Resilience School Platform, of which Irena Bauman is part of as Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, is an exciting new initiative in the Sheffield School of Architecture. Currently this project is being developed as a new ‘umbrella’ research platform. A timeline of events has been part of this process, which began in June 2013 is now leading to the Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale international conference, of which Irena has been the lead organiser.

The conference will provide the opportunity to explore the many ways that architectural academics and practicing architects are engaging with issues of resilience, to collate the emerging knowledge and set it in its theoretical context. Also, this conference celebrates the body of work developed in the Building Local Resilience School Platform and the contribution it is making towards transformational society. We share the words and sentiment of the anthropologist Henrietta Moore : .. the future  learning will not be about the transferability of whole models with known outcomes, but rather about incomplete learning, experimentation and collaboration.

The conference will be held at the Showroom, Sheffield on the 10th till the 12th of September 2015. Fore more information on the conference and how to book, please see here.