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Block West: Interview with local residents involved in the build

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Interview with local residents involved in the build

See Knowle West residents Don Jones, Megan Clark-Bagnall and John Bennett being interviewed by Automated Architecture Labs (AUAR) as they describe the process of designing and making the ‘blocks’ that form the pop-up pavilion. The conversation will explore what has been gained through the process of collaborating, designing and building together, the experience of participating in a project using modern methods of construction, and how modular housing systems like this might benefit Knowle West.

The short film will be featured at Bristol Housing Festival 2020.


About Block West

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), a research laboratory based at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. 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.

Find out more about the project.

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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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