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‘Listening + Doing – An Exploration of Contemporary Council Housing

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Produced as part of the London Festival of Architecture in 2016, this exhibition in our Bermondsey studio used some of our most recent projects as the basis to explore and illustrate how we work with residents as part of the design process.

Responding to the festival’s theme of ‘Community’, it focussed on our Bacton project with the London Borough of Camden, and the Colville and Kings Crescent Estates with the London Borough of Hackney. Led by local authorities, these projects are part of a new generation of transformative projects that seek to address what doesn’t work, and resolve this with designs for either new build or refurbishments that improve the lives of residents and revive communities.

Alongside project essays and new models, the exhibition featured a researched history of public participation in the built environment and 1:1 residential plans from live projects that extended 20 metres across our studio floor. Throughout summer the exhibition and floor installation served as the backdrop and ‘welcome mat’ to a mini season of studio screenings, gatherings and discussions that included an in conversation with Kate Macintosh, architect of Dawson Heights, in partnership with The Architecture Foundation.

Exhibition 1- 30 June 2016