Stir to Action Festival – A Playground for the New Economy – 16th-18th July, Frome, Somerset

We are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the Stir to Action Festival. We will be demonstrating our MassBespoke system and Irena will be discussing the Future of Housing with Mark Walton – founder and Director of Shared Assets, Tim Crabtree – founder and Director of Wessex Community Assets, and Paul Chatterton founding member of  LILAC co-housing.

Find out more at


East Leeds Project – The Pavilion

Big congratulations to East Leeds Project for overreaching their crowdfunder target of £10,000!!!

The Pavilion will provide a shared space where Makers based in East Leeds can come together to share their skills and learn new ones, meet other Makers and access affordable tools, equipment and training. The Pavilion will be open to everyone interested in Making, including people who’ve never made before but would like to try their hand.

Watch the inspiring story of community imagination and perseverance as it evolves and gains momentum and find out more at

Modernism as a Promise – Disruptions and New Orders

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 ( 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)


TEDx Bradford – Radically Social

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.

Abbey Mills, Kirkstall, Leeds

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.


Derby Silk Mill Museum of 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 

South Square Centre, Thornton

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:

We are working towards submitting the application for Planning Permission and Listed Buildings Consent in June 2019.

Testing Learning without The Pin-Up Crit at Dublin School of Architecture

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:


Hull Minster Phase 3

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.