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Assemble’s Louis Schulz explains the significance of “local resourcefulness” at reSITE 2018

Czech Republic - Jun 14, 2018 - 04:05   1712 views

London-based collective studio Assemble's Founder Louis Schulz has presented the key issues on the Granby Four Streets project in Liverpool, the project that caused the studio to win the 2015 Turner Prize

Louis explained how their bottom-up approach has changed cities and local neighbourhoods in London and across many cities at the reSITE's 2018 Conference entitled ACCOMMODATE

Assemble, comprised of 18 members, is best known with their bottom-up design approach that changes the cities with a combination of craft and local resourcefulness. In every project, the studio is closely working with local residents, volunteers and other local collaborators.

In a 20-min lecture, Schulz explained the unexplored issues of building small-scaled spaces and how they re-build neighborhoods by hand from the bottom-up, rather than regenerate from the top-down through mega-projects and gentrification.

Louis Schulz said that "we are not talking about a general design, we are designing a particular place, that's why, we are talking with philanthropists, theorists, municipalities and local communities during design process."

Schulz also talked about their "Grandby Workshop" project in detail, explaining that how they developed the project in each stage considering all details. "There are so  much slums in Liverpool and we used the existing fabric because we're producing designer-led manufacturing process," said Schulz. 

"Everywhere is densified with many buildings and we're actually following the totally opposite paradigm in local neighbourhoods," he added.

Founded in 2010 with 18 team members, the studio is working across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY (do-it-yourself) sensibility.

Assemble produced a large number of projects with collaborative approach, including on-going projects: Sugarhouse Studios, Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Durham Wharf, Goldsmiths Art Gallery, Granby Four Streets, Granby Workshop are just one of them among their projects.

reSITE’s this year’s theme is ACCOMMODATE, focusing on the future of housing, affordable living and innovation for new housing models. Sou Fujimoto, BMW-MINI, Airbnb, WeWork/WeLive and OMA’s Reinier de Graaf, Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos, Richard Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities are among the speakers at reSITE’s 2018 Conference.

reSITE, the annual conference penetrating in all segments of architecture, urbanism ad innovation, has hosted its first keynote address and conversation with Richard Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme, after Martin Barry’s - Founder & Chairman of reSITE, opening speech at the reSITE stage.

World Architecture Community is the Main Media Partner for reSITE 2018 and is bringing you the hottest topics, live-discussions and keynote sessions from the two-day event with exclusive interviews.

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