Cass at the London Festival of Architecture 2018
Students, lecturers and alumni of London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design will be making their mark on Europe’s largest annual architecture festival this summer with a series installations and events that celebrate London’s reputation world-leading architectural experimentation, practice and debate.
The London Festival of Architecture, which opened on 1 June, attracts a vast public audience – 400,000 people in 2017 – and a global media audience of millions. The vast majority of events are free, and are staged by a core festival programming team working alongside architecture and design practices and practitioners, leading cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others.
Identity and diversity: different ways of being-in-the-world at Calcutta Roof Garden
15 June 2018
The Cass has been working with The DisOrdinary Architecture Project over the last two years, to co-explore how we can open up the multitude of different ways of being-in-the-world to students, both as a potential design generator and as a key part of personal development. DisOrdinary is a platform bringing together disabled artists and built environment/design students, educators and practitioners for creative dialogue and action.
The exhibition will present student projects with disabled artists, on prototyped co-partnered activities that were funded by Arts Council England. They include making 'soundmarks' and other kinds of body mapping; doing audio-descriptions as a way to look more closely at the world around us, as well as understanding more about how blind people experience space; and the production of "objects that act in the spaces between body-identity and the wider world", such as masks and/or body extensions.
At the exhibition a film that records and reflects on the process will be shown, with a discussion on our experiences of the project. Here, identity and diversity are understood as complex but vital aspects of design making; with projects aiming to help foundation-level students creatively and critically engage with their own and others' multiple identities.
Free (Booking essential). Find out more.
Place for Play: the Search for Identity
16 June 2018
The Cass will present and consult new installations that showcase how play shapes life in London at this year’s London Festival of Architecture, on 16 June. The constructs will be prototyped by Architecture Studio 4 and installed on Aldgate Square. The proposal for frame structures and cast components that provide a setting for specific games and non-prescriptive play will be described and tested at the public opening of Aldgate Square, the City of London's the new public space in Aldgate.
The Cass event ‘Place for Play: the Search for Identity’ is running on Saturday 16 June and is free to attend. Find out more.
Planning Action Old Kent Road
16 – 17 June
During this two-day workshop urban design professionals will work with local residents, businesses and members of the public to initiate creative responses to the area's key contested development sites. How industrial and commercial use can be combined with housing and communal spaces will form a central question. We will offer some exciting alternatives for the area that both relate to its current identity, and that seek to inspire future planning.
This event is a collaboration between architecture practice what if: projects, London Metropolitan University's Cass Cities programme and Cass Architecture Studio 8, local business association Vital OKR, community group Peckham Weeklies, Livesey Exchange workshop, Treasure House and Southwark Council. Resulting propositions will be presented as part of the Cass Summer Show and published as a pamphlet.
Running alongside the workshops will be guided walks around Old Kent Road, exploring its history and including visits to some of its exciting local businesses vital to London's economy.
Free (booking recommended). Find out more
The Cass Summer Show
22 June - 7 July
Exhibition of work by students from the Undergraduate Studios and Postgraduate Units at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. The annual Summer Show which runs from 22 June to 7 July launches with a Private View event on Thursday 21st June from 6.30pm. Work from other disciplines represented will include Creative Writing, Fashion, Fine Art, Foundation, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interiors, Jewellery, Photography, Textiles and Theatre.
Free (Booking recommended). Find out more