Derby Silk Mill – FIGMENT festival

The BLA team spent an enjoyable (if not a little windswept!) Saturday helping to build ‘Tensegrity’ structures from bamboo with visitors to Derby’s first FIGMENT festival hosted by Derby Silk Mill.

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The ASF UK’s powerful training and methods

The ASF UK (http://www.asf-uk.org/) are developing powerful training and methods for co-production of development with some of the most dis-empowered communities: Resilience by Design, Change by Design and Challenging Practice .

Also Key note by Irena Bauman spoke at the Challenging Practice Design in Uncertain Global Times staged by ASF in March 2016 and mapped the ASF methods across work of BLA- a commercial practice that shares ASF values.

Session - ASF UK

INTERVIEW FOR YORKSHIRE VISION MAGAZINE, JUNE 2016

Irena Bauman was interviewed for the “Yorkshire Vision Magazine” on June 2016. The article starts with the headline: NOT SO GRIM UP NORTH. “Architect Irena Bauman tells John Grainger how Leeds. which once epitomised the decay of post-industrial cities, has completely transformed itself”.

INTERVIEW YORKSHIRE VISION MAGAZINE

Irish Architecture Foundation conference: Beyond Participation

Irena will be speaking at Beyond Participation on the 16th of June.

The event will examine how architectural practice has moved beyond the traditional boundaries of ‘user participation’.

The event is already receiving a high level of interest and excitement!

IAF conference

The relevant details of the conference, film screenings and conversations at the following link –  http://eepurl.com/b1HKkH

Low Carbon off-site timber frame system

Bauman Lyons are working with Citu Developments and Leeds Becket University on developing high performance timber frame system for manufacture in Citu factory due to be commissioned in autumn this year. This research and development project is supported by Innovate UK.

 

New Factory

 

For more info, visit the YEP online at: www.yorkshireevening.co.uk

We are all set to run engagement events for Bolsover District regeneration framework from 13th to 21th of April

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The consultation events will be held as follows:

Bolsover: The Assembly Rooms, Hilltop, Bolsover, S44 6NG. 13 April from 12pm – 7pm
South Normanton:
The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ. 14 April from 12pm – 7pm
Clowne:
The Schoolroom, Clowne Methodist Church, North Road, Clowne, S43 4PF. 20 April from 12pm – 7pm
Shirebrook:
The Christian Centre, 18-26 Main Street, Shirebrook, NG20 8DG. 21 April from 12pm – 7pm

Study trip to New York with the Silk Mill and Leach Colour teams

Study trip to New York001-003Study trip to New York with the Silk Mill (http://www.derbymuseums.org/locations/the-silk-mill/#.VvozAfkrLIU)  and Leach Colour (http://weareleach.com/)  teams to look at how Brooklyn Museum (https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/) and Copper Hewitt (http://www.cooperhewitt.org/ – interactive pen) innovate to attract new audiences.

Study trip to New York002-004In between had time to put on pop-up dinner in a protected urban commons space in the Old Seaport area making the most of the American fabulous salad bars.

 

 

Derby Silk Mill – Next Phase

We are delighted to have been appointed to progress Derby Silk Mill through to RIBA Stage 3 and thus be given the opportunity to continue working with Derby Museums’ Silk Mill team to support their innovative approach and their vision of what museums can be in the future. We are also pleased to continue our involvement with Derby, where we have worked on other schemes, such as the refurbishment of Marble Hall in Osmaston and Sadler Bridge Studios.

Joining our team will be Leach Studio, specialists in developing inspirational visitor environments, to develop the look and feel of the exhibition and learning spaces.

“Challenging Practice” /// ASF-UK one day symposium

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Irena will be Keynote speaker at this one-day symposium “Challenging Practice: Designing in Uncertain Global Times” organised by Architecture Sans Frontières on Saturday the 5th of March in London.

More information and how to book can be found here.

SSoA “Scale of Resilience” Symposium

SSoA_ChangesEverything_SymposiumOn Wednesday 24th of February, 11.00-14.00, Irena together with SSoA staff and students have organised a one-day symposium “Scale of Resilience”.

This is part of the SSoA Building Local Resilience Platform project “This Changes Everything”, a PGT/MArch Cross studios Think Thank.

This symposium will explore how adaptation to climate change, onset of new technologies and the emergence of new forms of governance play out at city, neighbourhood and single citizen scales. 

Programme

11.00 Introduction: Irena Bauman

11.10- 11.40

Tina Saaby, Chief Architect od Copengahen and Visiting Professor  @SSoA : On citywide Cloudburst Strategy

11.40 -12.10

Signe Kongebro, Partner, Head of Sustainability @ Henning Larsen Architects, Visiting Professor  @SSoA: On KlimatKvarter and Climate Block

12.10- 12.30

Discussion: chair Aidan Hoggart

12.30-13.00

Indy Johar, co-funder of  Projects 00 and of multiple social ventures such as Impact Hub: on the New Town Hall

13.00- 13.30

Melissa Mean, Head of Arts,Knowle West Media Centre:The Factory:  on Making, Co-Production and Community Factory.

13.30- 13.50

Discussion: chair Doina Petrescu

13.50- 14.00 Next step

“Digital Making – What Kind of Future in the Construction Industry”

We held a great workshop here at BLA on Digital Making – What Kind of Future in construction Industry. A lot of good discussions amongst Irena Bauman, Matt Murphy and Maria Hensall from BLA, Melissa Mean from The Factory, Ivan Rabodzeenko from Chop Shop, Phil Langley from Bryden Wood Architects, Jonathan Wilson and Colin Dixon from Citu as well as Alastair Parvin from WikiHouse.

The workshop was hosted as part of our Innovate UK funded feasibility study into integrating construction supply chain.

Job opportunities at BLA!

We are looking for a number of architects with 3-4 years post Part 3 experience with diverse skills sets.

We invite applications from architects with strong design skills and excellent construction knowledge as well as familiarity with Passivhaus standards and other aspects of sustainability and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Archicad and BIM skills would be an advantage.

We are also looking for architects with co-production and engagements skills, experience of working with user centred design on buildings and strategic frameworks . Strong graphic and social media skills would be an advantage.

We are also looking for Part 2 students who wish to develop some of the skill sets listed above but also graduates with interest and skills in parametric design and coding. We are happy to consider applicants who are wishing to combine study for part 2 with working.

We are working on a variety of projects in the North of England including masterplanning, regeneration strategies, new build low carbon housing schemes, listed buildings refurbishment, light touch/high impact improvements to social housing, bottom up regeneration strategies and research projects.

We work 5 days in 4 – long days but 3 day weekends! We are keen on good gender balance in the team.