2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join a live stream with Automated Architecture Labs (AUAR), the architects behind Block West.
Hear them talking about the increasing opportunity for people and communities to experiment with new forms of architecture and automation. Mollie Claypool (Co-Director) will introduce their modular housing system Block Type A, and how its use can enable homes to be built by the community.
AUAR Labs is based at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, find out more at: automatedarchitecture.io/about-us
Knowle West residents have been busy during COVID-19 lockdown, learning to use new digital design and construction tools.
The result is “Block West”, a temporary pavilion that showcases adaptable building systems and people-friendly technology that can help communities collaborate to create the spaces, homes, and places they need.
Block West is made from a modular building system – called Block Type A – designed by Automated Architecture Labs (AUAR). Block Type A uses a fixed set of Lego-like lightweight plywood building blocks that can be reconfigured into different designs over time without the need for specialised tools or expertise.
Block West was designed by local residents using a new design app developed by AUAR, following a series of online workshops during lockdown. The parts were manufactured in KWMC The Factory using our CNC (computer numerical controlled) machine, and a crew of local people assembled the blocks into the pavilion in under 10 days in September 2020.