Alessandra Cianchetta Lecture – Future Fitting

Future fitting
Interrogating urban models based on new metropolitan values, addressing local deficiencies in areas of publicly accessible open space, and improving connectivity – these are some of the myriad everyday tasks urban designers undertake. Committed to supporting the urban dweller who wishes to navigate more easily, to feel that their neighbourhood does not have a fragmented identity but brings pleasure, project teams need to implement a clear and shared perspective, find a balance between the impulse to reinforce coherence and the scope to recognize
singularities. If they cannot, the response to local needs and future evolutions is lacking.

Rather than the much used term retrofitting  is the activity urban designers are undertaking may more appropriately be called future fitting For our July event, we invited Alessandra Cianchetta, co-founder of AWP, Paris, Melanie Dodd, Programme Director, Spatial Practices, Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Andy Groarke, co-founder of Carmody Groarke, to present their strategies – whatever we call them – towards defining this balancing act, and multi-faceted impulse to evolve. www.limewharf.org

More info
Future fitting, Thursday 4 July
LimeWharf, the Hackney-based futures gallery
6.30-7.00pm
Drinks 7.00-9.00pm
Talks by invited speakers (details below)

Urbanista.org in association with Recode Gallery
www.limewharf.org

Melanie Dodd, Central St Martins
Melanie Dodd is Programme Director for Spatial Practices, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, and recently Associate Professor and Programme Director in Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, where she founded mufAus, a collaborative practice of art and architecture committed to public realm projects. Her design practice and research focuses on the relationships between social infrastructures and constructed urban environments; between the lived and the built. She trained in architecture at University of Cambridge and took a practice-based PhD at RMIT. www.spatialpractices.org

Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP
Alessandra Cianchetta is a founding partner of AWP office for territorial reconfiguration, Paris, one of the new leading practices in France, and AWP-HHF, Basel. Her award-winning work ranges from large-scale urban design to temporary installations. Current projects include the public space and follies project for the Jardins de l’Arche below the Grande Arche de la Défense, a series of cultural and leisure buildings and follies set in a park in Poissy, France, and the masterplan and construction of housing and mixed-use sector in Lausanne. AWP won the French Ministry of Culture Prize for Best Young Architect. Cianchetta teaches design studios and theory seminars at Columbia University and at Cornell University. www.awp.fr

Lucy Bullivant, Urbanista.org
Founder and Editor-in-chief, Urbanista.org. Author, critic, curator of exhibitions and confererences internationally, guest lecturer and consultant. Adjunct Professor, history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London. Advisor to Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement, Paris and FRAC, Orléans. Author of Masterplanning Futures (Routledge), New Arcadians (Merrell) and Anglo Files (Thames & Hudson). Honorary Fellow of RIBA. Urbanista.org

Andy Groarke, Carmody Groarke
Carmody Groarke is an award-winning, London-based architectural studio established in 2006 by Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke (above right) that has developed a strong reputation for designing buildings and spaces for culture and the arts. Completed projects include: the permanent memorial to the 7 July bombings in Hyde Park, London; new studios and workshop for sculptor Antony Gormley; The Double Club, a collaborative arts project with Carsten Holler and Fondazione Prada; headquarters fit-outs for the Contemporary Arts Society and The Architecture Foundation; and award-winning exhibitions within galleries and museums throughout the UK and overseas. Current projects include: the Windermere Steamboat Museum in the Lake District; a new permanent drawings gallery and archive for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); Frieze Art Fair 2013; and a rare books library and exhibition gallery for The Royal Horticultural Society. In 2007 Carmody Groarke was awarded the prestigious Building Design Young Architect of the Year. In 2010 their Studio East Dining temporary pavilion won the Emerging Architecture Award from Architectural Review. www.carmodygroarke.com

Thomas Ugo Ermacora, LimeWharf
Urbanist and founder, Clear Village, creative regeneration specialists responsible for many participatory placemaking projects, and creator of the LimeWharf futures gallery and artistic laboratory, London E2. Current and recent collaborations with World Design Capital, Helsinki; Design Council, UK; Big Lottery Local Food Programme. RSA Fellow. www.limewharf.org