Wholeness Through Architecture

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects have been appointed to master planning the Steiner Emerson College in East Sussex.

Emerson College is also hosting an International Steiner Architecture Conference on the topic of ‘Wholeness Through Architecture and the Arts’ at which Sarah will be speaking , along with Peter Clegg, Chris Day, Sunand Prasad and others, from 10. – 14. July.

“We are all too aware that, from the world itself right down to our own lives, there is a tendency towards fragmentation. As designers we want to explore with colleagues and in particular students how to design and create in the context of wholeness.  Our focus is on creating places, either internal or external, which are themselves a ‘whole’ and relate to and contribute to a greater ‘whole’.  We will do this with the wisdom given to us by Rudolf Steiner.”

Introductory workshops for students and other will take place on 10 – 11. July. The early bird fee for students is £118 (without accommodation), £132 (camping), £152 (with accommodation).

Student fees for the main conference (11.-14. July) are £150 (without accommodation), £195 (camping), £255 (with accommodation).  These prices include all meals.

Full information about the Conference is available here.  Details of how to book can be found at on the Emerson College website.

AIA Noel Hill Travel Award

One of our undergraduate students, Rebecca Nixon, has just been awarded the AIA Noel Hill Student Travel Award, receiving £1,000 which she will use travelling to Uganda for her dissertation research. She will be running a series of workshops with architecture students on the RIBA validated course at Makerere University. These workshops will enable her to explore issues discovered in initial research undertaken last summer, ‘Evaluating  the appropriateness and success of the approaches to sustainable architecture by Western bodies in Uganda’.

The title for these workshops is ‘Cultural Exchange for Appropriate Architectural Design in Uganda’ and knowledge exchange is a key component. The funding from the AIA will unable her to taking a group of the participating students to the Lake Bunyonyi Community School, which is a successful project supported by from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and the Richard Feilden Foundation.

The image below is taken from Rebecca’s previous work undertaken in Uganda, which was supported by an RIBA West Yorkshire Bedford Scholarship.

Sacred Concrete

Professor Flora Samuel has just published her latest book, which is jointly authored by Inge Linder-Gaillard.  ’Sacred Concrete: The Churches of Le Corbusier’ is the first in depth review of all Le Corbusier’s churches set into the context of church politics in the twentieth century. It reveals a strongly feminist aspect to his take on religion. The book also examines the way in which Le Corbusier’s ideas have been absorbed into the work of other more contemporary church architects, usually minus the feminism.

The book is published by Birkhauser.  Further details can be found on Amazon.

The One Show

The BBC TV programme The One Show visited the Arts Tower and the School of Architecture on Friday to experience the joys of our paternoster lift.

They staged a race to the top of the Arts Tower, with 50 students ascending in the paternoster competing against 50 students using the high speed lifts. The University’s paternoster expert, Bryan Armitage, had carried out detailed computer analysis to try to predict the result and was on hand to share his knowledge.  A representative from English Heritage explained the conservation issues involved and paternoster website owner and fan from Suffolk made a special trip to ride in the lift.

The paternoster was completely refurbished along with the rest of the Arts Tower from 2009-2011. With 38 cars and rising 21 floors, it is believed to be the tallest paternoster in the world and one of only a handful that are still in regular operation. Originally known as ‘cyclic elevators’, the device was invented in 1884 by J and E Hall. It soon became known as a paternoster due to its similarity to a loop of rosary beads.

If you want to know who won the race, you’ll have to watch The One Show. The feature is scheduled to be transmitted on BBC1 within the next couple of weeks.

Taking Matters into your own Hands

Studio 5 and studio 7 in association with PAUD (Participation in Architecture and Urbanism) would like to invite you to:

Taking matters into your own hands

A panel discussion exploring the role of the Artist/Architect in enabling local people to become co-producers of their own future.

Date: Tuesday 23rd April Time: 12.00-14.00* Venue:  Room 16.03

Panel Members: Jeanne van Heeswijk (jeanneworks.net), Prof. Doina Petrescu (aaa / SSoA), Jonathan Orlek (chair / studio 7)), Nick Hunter (studio 7), Special Guest  (studio 5)

* Please feel free to bring your lunch to the event.  Nothing too noisy though.

About Jeanne

Since 1993 Jeanne van Heeswijk has been working on socially committed art projects that take place in public spaces. She sees herself as a mediator, an intermediary between a situation, a space, a neighborhood and the people connected to these. Acting, meeting and communicating are key concepts in her method of working. She generates “interspaces”, contexts and crossovers within which new relations and connections can be established between groups of people, institutions and conceptual frameworks that are always different. She herself has coined the term “urban curating” for her interventions. In the sedate Dutch art world in which all taboos appear to have been broken, her work – uniquely – arouses fierce controversy. Often, this is linked to the question of whether her interventions belong to the realm of art and how she stretches and shapes her art practice/ artistic strategy and positions her seemingly idealistic approach in an era which considers itself liberated from both ideology and idealism.


Recent Work

Over the last 2 and half years, artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, has been working with people from Anfield and Breckfield to rethink the future of their neighbourhood.

2Up 2Down provides a way for local people to “take matters into their own hands” and make real social and physical change in their neighbourhood. Local people of all ages are collaborating in the development of the project, volunteering their time and energy, and committing to play an active part in the long term. http://www.2up2down.org.uk/

SUAS Lecture

Jeanne will also be giving a SUAS lecture at 6.00pm on Tuesday 23rd April in the well.