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Wastes and Strays: The Brighton Pavilion of the Commons

To celebrate completed work on the AHRC funded interdisciplinary Wastes and Strays project the University of Brighton is co-hosting a series of exhibition events with Newcastle University and the University of Portsmouth of academic research and student architectural design work on the Urban Commons.

The exhibition events are taking place at the following venues:

Tuesday 10th May 2022, 11:00-16:00, Wylam Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ.

Monday 16th May 2022, 11:00-16:00, Clifton Observatory, Bristol, BS8 3LT.

Thursday 2nd June 2022, 11:00-16:00, The Open Market, Brighton, BN1 4JU.

Tuesday 7th June 2022, 11:00-16:00, Frere Road Community Centre, Norwich, NR7 9UT.

All are welcome.

For more details on the project please see the blog post

Design development studies for 2020 Brighton Pavilion of the Commons

Following an intensive LabWeek, development studies for the forthcoming live-build pavilion structure were unveiled earlier today in the School of Architecture & Design, University of Brighton. I have written about the project previously here.

With the summer opening of Brighton’s Wastes and Strays Pavilion fast approaching, the shortlisted projects have been developed as a series of laser cut 1:3 scale models by groups of students from the BA Interior Architecture and Product Design courses.

An announcement will follow once the university judging panel have selected the proposal which is to be taken forwards into the next stage of development prior to fabrication. We are indebted to ongoing support from our project sponsors James Latham PLC and Josh Mitchell, Lewes-based furniture maker and director at 10 Tables.

The wider AHRC-funded Wastes and Strays interdisciplinary project is bringing together expertise from the Universities of Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield and Portsmouth. Detail on the wider research investigation can be found here.


Stage 1 proposals for 2020 Brighton Pavilion of the Commons

Earlier this week studio06 welcomed Stuart Devoil, Group Head of Marketing at James Latham; Josh Mitchell, furniture maker and director at 10 Tables; and co-investigator Alex Zambelli from the AHRC-funded Wastes and Strays research group for the stage 1 judging of the live build-project.

Wastes and Strays is an interdisciplinary project investigating aspects of common or common-like spaces within or adjacent to urban areas and is bringing together expertise from the Universities of Newcastle, Sheffield and Brighton. I have written about the project previously and further detail on the wider research investigation can be found here.

Studio 06 have been invited to design and fabricate a mobile pavilion sited in Brighton’s Valley Gardens in readiness for the start of the wider research project’s community engagement commencing in May 2020. The pavilion is being designed as a structure within which interviews can take place and exhibitions and information about the commons can be shared.

Projects from 3rd year students Marinos Mavrogenis, Josh Wiseman and 2nd year student Arthur Siegel will now be taken forward for consideration in the next stage of design development.

Glimpses of the 2020 Brighton Pavilion of the Commons to come

Exploratory work has been underway since October for the design-make commons pavilion which the studio has been invited to design.

Propositional work has been developed through a series of design and fabrication workshops, reviews and many hours spent in studio working through drawn and modelled iterations.

In December we look forward to welcoming our client Alex Zambelli, from the AHRC-funded Wastes and Strays research group (which I have written about previously here) and timber specialists from industry, for the stage 1 judging of the studio proposals. We will then be determining which aspects of the work will be taken forward into the next phase of design development and prototyping.


Congratulations to graduates from studio 06 UoB SoAD

Delighted that Clara Calladine from studio 06 has been nominated for the RIBA President’s 2019 Bronze Medal Award.

Details of her project work can be found here.

Also congratulations go to Alastair Manley, Reo Shima, Clara Calladine and Harry Horwood from this year’s studio cohort who collected prizes at University of Brighton’s SoAD annual awards on the opening night of the Graduate Show 2019.

Tangible and Intangible Commons

It was a pleasure to participate at the Tangible and Intangible Commons symposium on June 13th at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus in the city centre.

An insightful and reflective account of the event can be found here, written by architect, academic and event coordinator Dr Alessandro Zambelli, detailing presentations given by the 10 invited speakers. Our common ground lies within the discourse relating to ideas of ‘commons’ and processes of ‘commoning’ which we know to be a topical subject of increasing academic and community interest.

Entitled (re)public Brighton, I presented a selection of propositional work from our 2015/16 undergraduate studio situated in Valley Gardens. These gardens represent Brighton’s most significant public space and are (in all but name) important urban commons. During the course of the year long enquiry, our studio sought to bring evidence of the value of urban common land, far beyond its mere physical state, in allowing for (re)production of public space in the contemporary city.

Set within the symposium’s wider context with a diverse field of speakers including historians, architects, human geographers, planners and landscape architects, we were invited to consider what the future might look like for these valuable and historic contested urban spaces.

[MEERA LAD: City Choreography: A Social Dance Event Centre]

Further project work from this studio can be found here and below.