Whether in the form of architectures, urban concepts, as an instruction in knowledge institutions or as a lifestyle – modernity is discussed as a socio-political construction, criticized and placed in relation to the current zeitgeist. But how does modernity work? What role do transition, ambivalence and in-betweenness play? In general, can the postulates of modernity be negotiated and updated, or are they no longer viable and therefore historicized?
This year HafenCity Lectures (https://hafencity-lectures.de) at the University of Hamburg are a series of talks to explore this subject.
Irena will be participating in a discussion on the 25th of June in Hamburg with:
Valentin Groebner (Historian, Luzern)
Cesar Peña (Architectual Theorist, Bogotá)
Steven ten Thije (Curator, Eindhoven)
Catch up with Irena’s talk from TEDx Bradford earlier this year. Irena spoke about how emerging technologies can enable socially useful production and collaborative ways of place making. Find out more about the Built InCommon network and MassBespoke – the innovative off-site construction system that Irena, Bauman Lyons and architect Matthew Murphy are developing to enable neighourhoods to self-build their own community-led housing.
Congratulations to Kirkstall Valley Development Trust!
Subject to due diligence, Homes England have awarded £200k for a social housing feasibility study at Abbey Mills, a Grade II Listed set of buildings on the River Aire in Kirkstall, Leeds.
Over the next few months we will be bringing local people together who are interested in living there, to shape the plans, developing design options and testing the viability of the scheme.
It was a pleasure to see the work of the 120 students who make up SAUL. Great model making, drawing and engagement with identity of place. Also exceptional facilities in the FabLab which enables the making.
We are working in a collaborative team of Client, consultants, main contractor and subcontractors under the Integrated Projects Insurance (IPI) contract to deliver the £ 17 million Museum of Making in Derby.
IPI offers a transformational way of procuring capital projects and provides much to reflect on the changing role of the construction industry. With a year still to go the First Purpose Build Factory in the World has been gutted back to its original shell and is ready to receive its new functions.
Architectural photography by Nick Dearden. @nick.dearden
We are delighted to be working with the inspiring South Square Centre, Thorton on the Stage 1 HLF project to improve the premises.
South Square is a collection of Grade II Listed 19th Century workers cottages and was renovated as a community arts centre in 1982. The Centre houses artists studios, as well as a gallery, community spaces, archives for the Thornton Antiquarian Society, fine art framers, a bar and a cafe. Find out more about South Square here: http://southsquarecentre.co.uk/
We are working towards submitting the application for Planning Permission and Listed Buildings Consent in June 2019.
Irena participated in a round the table conversation reviewing students work in an alternative environment to the traditional crit.
All students reviewed said they preferred it to the pin-up crit. The ongoing research in the alternative pedagogies was supported by four lectures in one week. Find out more about the lecture series on this link: http://www.dit.ie/architecture/newsevents/newseventsarticles/headline173089en.html
We are thrilled to be supporting Hull Minster on phase three of the transformation of the Minster.
The works build on the successful phase two scheme, completed in 2017, which involved reordering and opening up the Nave of the Grade 1 Listed building.
Phase three will involve the construction of a new extension, adjoining the Minster and facing on to Trinity Square, to house a visitor and heritage centre with exhibition spaces, a café and other facilities.
We are very proud to have been part of TEDx Bradford on 16th January this year. Irena spoke about how emerging technologies can enable socially useful production and collaborative ways of place making. Find out more about the Built InCommon network and MassBespoke – the innovative off-site construction system that Irena, Bauman Lyons and architect Matthew Murphy are developing to enable neighourhoods to self-build their own community-led housing.
A great series of 5 x 15 minute programmes on how we can all make small changes in our everyday lives to help bring about a big transformation towards de-growth and decarbonised society. The ideas include food, water, fashion, transport and use of space.
Have a listen to Irena’s suggestions on how to declutter and how to live with less space https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001w3q
Using less water: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001vl0
The wasteful fashion industry: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001v7f
The shift toward electric cars: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001tz9
Eating less meat: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001t9w