On 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.
11.00 Introduction: Irena Bauman
Tina Saaby, Chief Architect od Copengahen and Visiting Professor @SSoA : On citywide Cloudburst Strategy
Signe Kongebro, Partner, Head of Sustainability @ Henning Larsen Architects, Visiting Professor @SSoA: On KlimatKvarter and Climate Block
Discussion: chair Aidan Hoggart
Indy Johar, co-funder of Projects 00 and of multiple social ventures such as Impact Hub: on the New Town Hall
Melissa Mean, Head of Arts,Knowle West Media Centre:The Factory: on Making, Co-Production and Community Factory.
Discussion: chair Doina Petrescu
13.50- 14.00 Next step
We enjoyed reading such an ode to our city on Leeds-List, and even more so when we saw we are behind two of them (Tower Works, South Bank and South Link, the station’s Southern entrance)!
The full article can be found here.
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.
Irena will be giving a talk at the Liverpool School of Architecture this Thursday, the 11th, at 5pm, titled “Retrofitting Neighbourhoods, Designing for Resilience”.
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.
The South Link to Leeds Station has now been open for a few weeks and it’s been great to see how well it’s used and the benefit it has brought to passengers accessing that part of Leeds. Some of our staff now find their commute up to the office a lot easier and faster too!
The South Link was a project that we were involved with up to design development “Network Rail GRIP Stage 4”, which included the planning permission for the £16m new southern entrance to Leeds City railway station, extending out over the River Aire and connecting into the Dark Arches, a designated heritage asset beneath the railway viaduct.
We are delighted to share the new website for Leeds Art Hostel, due to open its doors soon!
The Art Hostel in Leeds, is a project developed by East Street Arts and supported by Bauman Lyons Architects and Key Fund. It plans to harness the creative talents, and pure imagination, of artistic practitioners; welcoming audiences from in and out of Leeds to engage in a new cultural experience.
You can follow how the hostel is developing and looking so far on Twitter.
During the Christmas holiday period we all followed in angst the news of the flooding in the North of England. Leeds (luckily no one in the office was directly affected) and many other neighbouring places that are close to our heart being affected.
One of these places was Hebden Bridge. During the entire project life of the refurbishment and extension of the Town Hall we really got to know the local community. We were devastated to see the images of Hebden Bridge under water.
But this morning we received a truly uplifting email sent to us by an original Trustees who told us this about the Town Hall:
“You may have seen the recent floods in Hebden in the media, and how the Town Hall, as the only public building not to be affected, became the hub of the relief operations. Although no longer a trustee I was down helping and there were thousands of people throughout the building receiving help in all aspects of their lives. An amazing response from the community.
Without the Town Hall there would have been incredible suffering in the town and even though the building has been extremely successful since it opened, this must have been its finest hour.
So I just wanted to say thanks for making it so flood proof – it worked!!”
We are so happy not only to hear that the Town Hall was not flooded but above all how it is very much perceived and used as a real community asset, as the photo below (credit) show!
“The Town Hall, hub for flood management response” Image and text by Craig Shaw
We are grateful for the year we’ve had, the projects we’ve worked on, the clients we’ve worked with and to be continuing working with colleagues who are talented, fun and ambitious. We are very much looking forward to 2016!
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: http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/BCDP_BFOI_FOTFC_Brochure_Web.pdf