Can Self-Build Save Us All? Assemble, Thomas Lommée & more

Assemble, Daniel Charny, Alice Rawsthorn and more on the promise and pitfalls of self-build strategies

18 Feb 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Rochelle School
Arnold Circus
London, E2 7ES
United Kingdom

The concept of self-build has a long and varied history, going back centuries and across cultures. Recently, it has been brought to centre stage, touted as the answer to a myriad of housing crises including those related to emergency accommodation, long-term homes and to the grey area in between. The term also cropped up repeatedly in the recent Venice Architecture Biennale. This half-day symposium invites architects, designers and critics to address the history, the promise and the potential pitfalls of self-build strategies. The event is part of a new series on Art, Design and the City hosted by design historian Emily King. Please see full schedule below.

Tickets priced at £60, drinks included.
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Emily King
Emily King is a London-based design historian who both writes and curates. Her books include monographs on Peter Saville, M/M Paris and the legendary 1950s art director Robert Brownjohn. Among her exhibitions is ‘Quick, Quick, Slow: graphic design and time’, which she curated for the Lisbon design biennial Experimenta, and monographic shows on Alan Fletcher and Richard Hollis. She has contributed to numerous magazines including friezeThe Gentlewoman and Harvard Design Magazine.

Image courtesy: The Urban Shelf architect’s rendering of integrated housing concept for refugees, designed by Studio Schwitalla. Courtesy: © Studio Schwitalla, Schindler Ltd.


The legacy of Walter's Way: Alice Grahame (Walter's Way resident and curator of the Architectural Association exhibition ‘Walter’s Way: the self-build revolution') and James Langdon (designer)


Presentation by Thomas Lommée (Open Structures)


Is Fixing the Future of Design? Presentation by Daniel Charny (Fixperts)


Panel: Can Self-Build Save us All? Paloma Strelitz (Assemble) and more, chaired by Alice Rawsthorn (design critic)

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