6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This talk will bring together cutting-edge perspectives on community participation and automation. Contributors include Automated Architecture (AUAR Labs) at The Bartlett School of Architecture, WikiHouse and We Can Make. What should we automate in the design and production of our homes, and why? What benefit does this merging of tech and community bring to Knowle West?
The conversation is being screened as a part of Bristol Housing Festival 2020.
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.