Location

Thames Path, Nine Elms, London

YOUR RIVER – NINE ELMS Public Consultation

Client

The Brick Box CIC, Churchman Landscape Architects, Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

YOUR RIVER – NINE ELMS Public Consultation

Urban Projects Bureau are working to provide a series of public engagement events for the Thames River Path in Nine Elms.

The first event, which took place the weekend of the 25th & 26th of October 2014, was part of The Big Draw. We produced a dynamic interface for recording people’s impressions, ideas and responses to the Nine Elms Thames River Path, and collected and represented key geographic, psycho-geographic and statistical data.

UPB are working in collaboration with The Brick Box, Studio Weave & Churchman Landscape Architects under the appointment of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership to study the River Path between Chelsea Bridge and Lambeth Bridge, and work with the local community in developing proposals to improve the experience and accessibility of the path for everyone.

With The Brick Box, Churchman Landscape Architects & Studio Weave.

cups-01

man-with-card-01

Location

THE BRITISH PAVILION, 13TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE, VENICE, ITALY

The Image of the Architect

Client

THE BRITISH COUNCIL

The Image of the Architect

‘After travelling to a diverse set of locations and contexts across the globe, this team of architects and a writer Owen Pritchard, examined how the image of the architect varies around the world. From Houston and Bangkok to Amsterdam and Ebbw Vale, these locations reveal a variety of approaches to urban development. Conceived within a UK context of apprehension about the future of the profession, their investigation was motivated by a desire to reaffirm qualities that are vital to the continued progress of society and to the architect’s role as an agent in the world. Two motivating factors drove their work: first, they aimed to accurately depict an image of architects within varied but specific contexts. Second, they sought to provide a platform for debate surrounding the future of the profession. The group’s findings will inform an Open Charter – a proposal for a new platform for discussion and engagement for the architectural profession to clarify, critique and act upon critical issues that determine the role of the architect.’ Vicky Richardson, Venice Takeaways Publication.

With public works and Owen Pritchard

http://www.venicetakeaway.com/
http://www.open-charter.net
http://www.labiennale.org

Location

RIBA, London

Ideas to Change British Architecture

Client

The British Council / RIBA

Ideas to Change British Architecture

Urban Projects Bureau were part of the prestigious Ideas to Change British Architecture exhibition at the RIBA February – April 2013. As part of the exhibition, we hosted a 2 month residency at the RIBA and launched the Open Charter Agency, a new platform for discussion and action for the architecture profession and those disciplines involved with architecture to clarify, critique and act upon critical issues determining the wider role of the architect and their identity as a catalyst for change.

With public works and Owen Pritchard

http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/RIBATrustProgramme/SpringSeasonIdeastoChangeBritishArchitecture.aspx
http://www.venicetakeaway.com/
http://www.opencharteragency.tumblr.com
http://www.open-charter.net
http://www.publicworksgroup.net

Location

The White Building, Hackney Wick, London

Open Charter Agency Discussion Bureau: Knowledge Exchange & Modes of Learning

Open Charter Agency Discussion Bureau: Knowledge Exchange & Modes of Learning

Public discussion hosted by the Open Charter Agency, discussing different forms of knowledge exchange and modes of learning as an essential part of experimental and engaged spatial practice, and the potential for alternative forms of education as a driver of change within the architecture and design professions.
Speakers:
Professor Robert Mull, Dean of The Cass
Colin Priest, Chelsea School of Art
Neil Pinder, Graveney School, Trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Trust
Francesco Ponzo, The Silent University
Moderated by Alex Warnock-Smith
www.opencharteragency.tumblr.com
www.open-charter.net

Location

The RIBA, London

Open Charter Agency Discussion Bureau: Future Practice

Open Charter Agency Discussion Bureau: Future Practice

Public discussion hosted by Alex Warnock-Smith (Urban Projects Bureau) and Owen Pritchard (Icon Magazine), outlining the research and ideas that underpin the Open Charter Agency and providing a platform for an emerging generation of architects and students to deliver presentations about their thoughts on the current state and future of the profession.
Speakers:

Steven Teague – The Architect as an Active Knowledgeable Citizen

Charlie Critchell – The Role of the Architect in Local Governance

Gina Doyle – Reform and Agency in the Post-Political City

Joseph Henry – Student Societies and Informal Agency

Moderators:

Alex Warnock-Smith & Owen Pritchard

With thanks to Kieran Long and Michael Howe for their contribution

http://www.venicetakeaway.com/?page_id=95
www.opencharteragency.tumblr.com
www.open-charter.net

Location

Recode Gallery, Lime Wharf, London

Participation, Engagement, Informality… Some Thoughts On Our Minds

Client

Clear-Village

Participation, Engagement, Informality… Some Thoughts On Our Minds

Urban Projects Bureau discuss informality, participation and engagement with the larger forces of government and policy at Clear Village, December 13 2012, with Cany Ash (Ash Sakula), Indy Johar (00:/) and Thomas Ermacora (Clear Village)

www.ashsak.com
www.architecture00.net
www.clear-village.org

Location

Paviljonki, Helsinki

Hel/lo Let’s Talk About Alternatives

Client

The Finnish Institute, Blueprint Magazine

Hel/lo Let’s Talk About Alternatives

Urban Projects Bureau were invited speakers at a public discussion about Alternative Forms of Practice, as part of the Hel/lo Let’s Talk Series hosted by the Finnish Institute in London and Finland, as part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

With Sean Griffiths (FAT), Beatrice Galilee, Annamari Vansa and Krista Kosonen

http://helloletstalk2012.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.finnish-institute.org.uk/

IMG-20120912-00328

Location

Design Junction, London

Blueprint Magazine’s Blue-Movies

Client

Blueprint Magazine, London Design Festival

Blueprint Magazine’s Blue-Movies

Urban Projects Bureau produced a 3 minute participatory film exploring spatial narratives in London in 2012. The film juxtaposed different film and text narratives collected via live twitter feeds across London in the summer of 2012.

The film was commissioned by Blueprint Magazine and was broadcast at Design Junction in the Old Sorting Office as part of London Design Festival 2012.

Location

Unit 237, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Elephant in the Room

Client

N/A

Elephant in the Room

A 10 day residency in Elephant and Castle shopping centre with MArch students from the University of Brighton, Elephant in the Room / Room in the Elephant was an alternative form for producing and discussing architectural education and the varied and changing world it takes place in. Beyond the analytical and critical norms of “research” and “proposal”, the residency was a method for direct engagement within a living context – a chance to make “real” change.
As part of the residency, we transformed a disused shop in Elephant and Castle shopping centre into a project space, with a 1.100 map of Elephant and Castle was traced on the floor and walls. Throughout the 10 days, we hosted a range of small scale participatory and socially engaged interventions dealing with themes of age discrimination, fear, crime, nostalgia, informal productivity, food, mental health, protest, riots, capital, commodification, and the medicalisation of the public realm, and a public dinner party, in which food sellers and vendors from around the shopping centre were invited to bring locally-prepared dishes to the party.
Elephant in the Room attracted a great range of participants and formed al live venue for discussion about Elephant and Castle’s future. The residency created an informal experimental space of social and cultural activity, small scale economic production and academic speculation within the shopping centre, testing the potential of a civic economy by carving a civic space out of a dominant commercial and spatial type.

EITR_Image 05

EITR_Image-04

 

Location

Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames

Mapping the Cube

Mapping the Cube

Urban Projects Bureau were invited to take part in the ‘Can You Show Me The Space?’ mapping exhibition and series of events as part of art and architecture collective public works’ fellowship at the Stanley Picker Gallery, University of Kingston. We mapped the social networks created by Public Works’ Granville Cube, a temporary mobile installation in a housing estate in Kilburn, and drew the territory of the cube as an extended social space.

Location

Architectural Association Gallery, London

London +10

London +10

Since the early 1970s when the unit was first established by Bernard Tschumi, the AA’s Diploma Unit 10 has experimented with diverse ways of engaging with the city and in the last 10 years, led by Carlos Villanueva Brandt, the unit has focussed this engagement on London, in the process of developing the concept of direct urbanism. The London +10 exhibition explores 20 years of this work, and speculates on the relationship between the live realm of the city and its urban fabric, and includes 40 projects that tackle topics such as politics, crime, sex and terrorism.
Urban Projects Bureau took part in the design of the exhibition, which includes a number of drawings by Alex Warnock-Smith and new drawings produced especially for the exhibition. Alex Warnock-Smith was assistant editor of the London +10 book, published by AA publications.

London+10_Image 01

Location

Guadalajara, Mexico

Mexhibition

Mexhibition

The AA Housing & Urbanism programme was invited to exhibit at the Guadalajara International Book fair in 2006. The exhibition presented an overview of work developed by students over a series of workshops held in Mexico City between 2003-2006. The workshops were held in collaboration with the staff and students of the Architecture Faculties of local universities: UAM, UNAM and the IBERO. The focus of the workshops was to propose development strategies for the historic centre of Mexico City and to consider alternative approaches to incorporating the informal sector into urban development strategies for the district.

Location

Hanbury Studios, London

Productive Dystopias, This is Not A Gateway

Productive Dystopias, This is Not A Gateway

As part of the ‘This Is Not A Gateway’ Festival of Urbanism 2009, Urban Projects Bureau presented recent work and took part in a round table discussion along the theme of Productive Dystopias, with Darryl Chen and Liam Young (Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today), Finn Williams (Common Office), Austin Williams (Future Cities Project), Tomass Klassnik (Klassnik Corporation), and Amin Taha (Amin Taha Architects).

TINAG_Image 01