The Gingerbread City Family Workshops
Beyond the Pages
Co-creating urban futures for the 90% - The ideals and processes of participatory placemaking
Date: 9 June 2016
Location: Machines Room, 45, Vyner Street, Hackney, London, E2 9DQ
Thomas Ermacora (Chair), editor of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures
Lucy Bullivant, editor of Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures
Clementine Blakemore, WORKSHOP architecture
Alastair Parvin, WikiHouse
Petra Havelska and Igor Marko, Marko & Placemakers
More speakers to be confirmed.
Beyond the Pages are MoA ‘live book’ events, they are opportunities for contributors to edited volumes to present projects to an audience, releasing ideas beyond the confines of the printed image or the written word.
Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, co-authored by Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant, examines the potential of citizen-led collaborative neighbourhood renewal strategies emerging in the interstices of rigid, top-down masterplanning, which has seen identity stamped out of place. Projects from Recoded City will be presented by their authors in short 5 minute presentations, followed by a chaired discussion among panelists and audience.
The projects are examples of architecture and urban design that are socially engaged and motivated by a civic duty to help the 90%, not the privileged 10%. In the Recoded City architects are enablers and facilitators, working with citizens for a better future. The panel will discuss how we can collectively achieve the Recoded City.
Beyond the Pages
SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture
Date: 11 April 2016
Location: Fagerhult Lighting Showroom, 33-34 Dolben Street, Southwark, SE1 0UQ, London
Paul James (Chair), Editor, mondo*arc magazine
Davina Jackson, author, SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities
Dr Vesna Petresin, Director, Rubedo and Visiting Fellow
Goldsmiths, University of London
Alex Haw, Director, Atmos
Kate Harvey, Associate Producer, Artichoke
The first in MoA’s ‘live book’ discussions will address a new global arts movement: ‘smart light’ creations in urban locations. Enabled by electroluminescent systems controllable via semiconductors rather than Edison-era switches, this movement takes light artists, designers and architects out of the confines of traditional art showplaces, to present dynamic creations at scales ranging from intimate to colossal, from footpaths to towering skylines. The editor of SuperLux, Davina Jackson, will explain her observations of today’s new genres of creative lighting in conversation with a panel of experts.
Conscious Cities: Architecture and Neuroscience
Date: 1 March 2016
Conscious Cities is a one-day conference organised by MoA and THECUBE exploring the relationship between neuroscience and architecture. By bringing together neuroscientists, architects, engineers, planners and developers, the conference offered tools for understanding how the built environment impacts our cognitive functions, while also showing how professionals can use research in neuroscience to design better spaces and cities for the future.
Conscious Cities conference brought together some of the most innovative and engaging experts in the field. A practical workshop and a publication expanded upon the findings and further disseminated the discourse at the conference.
SPEAKERSKeynote: Sarah Robinson, Architect and author, with Juhani Pallasmaa, Mind in Architecture, Neuroscience, Embodiment, and the Future of Design,
Emma Greer, Carlo Ratti Associati
How does the built environment affect behaviour and cognition?
Philip Tidd, Consulting Practice Area Leader, Principal, Gensler
Dr. Jon Goodbun, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Westminster
Panos Mavros, researcher on Emotions in Urban Behaviour, UCL
How can the latest findings in neuroscience inform the design of spaces and cities?
Fiona Elizabeth Zisch, neuroscientist at Spatial Cognition Group, UCL
Itai Palti, architect and author, “A Manifesto for Conscious Cities”
Dr. Hugo Spiers, neuroscientist and Head of Spiers Lab at UCL Institute of Behavioural
What is the role of technology in creating conscious spaces?
Ruairi Glynn, Director, Interactive Architecture Lab, Bartlett, UCL
Neil Davidson, Director, J & L Gibbons Landscape Architecture & Urban Design and coauthor,
Urban Mind project
Léan Doody, Associate Director, Arup Digital
What is the role of conscious cities in fostering innovation?
Juliette Morgan, Partner, Cushman & Wakefield and Head of Property, Tech City UK
Josef Hargrave, Associate, Arup Foresight Group
Mike Saunders, CEO, Commonplace
Dr. Harriet Harriss, Research Lead and Senior Tutor in Architecture and Interiors, Royal College of Art