A very excited Crona and Kat made their way to the New London Architecture (NLA) Annual Lunch in Guildhall on Thursday 11th of July where the 2013 NLA Awards were announced. We couldn’t help but comment on what a stark contrast this very nice lunch was to our activities of only a year earlier when we were busy preparing the brown site in Canning Town for the grand opening of our Festival of Upcycling.
The NLA criteria for the awards was for projects to not only be of the highest architectural and design quality but also for the impact on their surroundings and wider contribution to London. If I’m honest, we knew we weren’t going to win given the other wonderful projects we were up against, but, in preparing our application for the awards we were again able to take stock of just what had been achieved at and through the activities of Industri[us]. I think we can be proud of the impact it had on the surroundings and through the many conversations we are continuing to have with many different people throughout London and further a field we feel what has been learned from Industri[us] will contribute to many other meanwhile projects going forward.
Thank you to the NLA for recognising our project with their nomination, we were very proud to be associated with such high calibre projects as our fellow nominees. Congratulations to the teams at Sou Fujimoto Architects and Haworth Tompkins the winners on the day for their work on The Serpentine Pavilion and National Theatre’s The Shed respectively.
School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University
Could urban re-industrialisation be seen as a method of increasing business effectiveness in the context of a politically stimulated ‘green economy’? Could it be seen as a nostalgic mutation of a creative-class concept, focused on 3D printing, ’boutique manufacturing’ and crafts? These two notions place urban re-industrialisation within the context of the current neoliberal economic regime and urban development based on property and land speculation. The key question for this conference is could urban re-industrialisation be imagined as a progressive socio-political and economical project, aiming to create an inclusive and democratic society based on cooperation and symbiosis that goes way beyond the current model of a neoliberal city?
Christina Norton of Industri[us]/Fluid will be one of the speakers at this one day conference in Plymouth University.
Further details on the symposium can be found here.
Moira Lascelles from the Architecture Foundation will present her recent research commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation which examines a selection of national and international creative re-use case studies, including Industri[us].
The research assembles a series of lessons learnt to inform the potential creation of a Materials Reuse Centre in East London on an interim use site. This facility would potentially aid the construction of future meanwhile projects on or around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and also offer building materials and components for sale to the wider public for reuse.
For further information on the event, including details on the other speakers, see R-urban Wick.
The Wick Sessions are hosting a second evening of presentations exploring fabrication with recycled and reclaimed materials.
The evening session brings together people working in the field of sustainability and those reworking recycled materials. Industri[us] is looking forward to be taking part in this evening of discussion hosted by Public Works. Find out more about the event here.