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Make Lewes Festival 2014!

Lewes’ first festival of making, architecture and sustainable design, hosted by MakingLewes

Sat 13th – Sun 21st September

Click here to see the festival overview

For further information on each section of the festival click on the links below:

13th – 14thLocal Making & Building Talks 

13th – 21st The Bio-Base Exhibition & Seminar 

17th – 21st –  Housing Futures Exhibition & Seminar

17th- 19th – Design & Make Workshop

18th – 21st – Lewes Makers Exhibition @ The Depot

18th, 19.30 – 21.00 – Segal Self Build talk – Robin Hillier

19th, 12.00 – 17.00 – Visit to Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre

19th MakingLewes@Zu Studio – Talks & Party

Further details coming soon……

The Bio-Base Exhibition & Seminar


13 – 21st September, 10.00am – 5.30pm

An exhibition showcasing examples of the emergent Bio-Based building materials revolution. The latest in renewable, natural building materials, including timber, reed thatch, chalk, flint and seaweed, with examples from the South East and further afield.

With a Seminar* on Sat 20th September, 1.30pm – 6.45pm 


Jonathan Fovargue, Eurban, who have been at the forefront of Cross Laminated Timber use in Britain.

Ian MacKay of BBM Sustainable Design on how Lewes’s own sustainable architects have been pioneers in locally sourced, renewable materials.

Craig White, whose interdisciplinary practice White Design developed the straw based timber cassettes Modcell system.

Nozomi Nakabayashi who’s Big Shed project was the result of the Architectural Association first year Design and Build course at Dorset Woodland centre, Hooke Park, will talk about both Hooke’s past and present.

David Saunders and Steve Johnson will overview the pioneering work done at the Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre on creating locally sourced timbers for the regional building sector.

And from Denmark, Vand Kunsten’s Soren Nielsen will talk about the unique Laeso Island Seaweed House

*Suggested donation of £5

Email makinglewes@outlook.com to reserve your place.


17-18th September, 10am – 5.30pm

VENUE: William Hardie Design forecourt

Get sawing, hammering and nailing and come and join MakingLewes’s first design & make workshop. In collaboration with Hands on Bristol & UWE.

The Brief:

To design, make, assemble and inaugurate [or launch] a unique mobile community structure.

The structure will be demountable and easily transportable. 

It will be usable in different areas of the community as a temporary pop-up space.

10.00am start on Wednesday 17th. Make Sure you wear appropriate working and making clothing

This is an accessible introduction to live design and build, welcoming newcomers and old hands, student architects, makers and non-students in a participatory, shared experience. To sign up or get more info email: makinglewes@outlook.com



Friday 19th September, 18.00 – 12.00

Join us for two exciting talks, followed by the Make Lewes Festival Party!

18.00 – 19.00 Vigdis Haugtro – from Trondheim, Norway, talking about her Eco Pallet House, and the city’s alternative building culture.
19.00 – 20.00 Kristoffer Tejlgaard from TejlgaardJepsen, on Copenhagen’s 21st century geodesic dome builders.

20.00 – 00.00 Make Lewes Festival Party!
£10 suggested donation for both talks and the party.


Friday 19th, 12pm – 5pm

Building visit to the Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, which has pioneered the use of local South East growing woods (Sweet Chestnut, Douglas fur) for construction, with a series of cutting edge experimental buildings.

Guided tour of buildings and option to stay for discussion of Flimwell’s future.

12pm start from Lewes.

To sign up for the visit and get further details. Email makinglewes@outlook.com

Journey time to Flimwell is approximately one hour. Visit will last approximately three hours.

£10 Suggested donation.

Housing Futures Exhibition & Seminar


17 – 21st September, 10am -5.30pm

An exhibition presenting a broad spectrum of sustainable housing, from award winning mainstream schemes, to eco-districts, self-build and co-housing.

With a Seminar* on Sun 21st September, 1.30pm – 6.30pm


Pooran Desai, co-founder of BioRegional, the social enterprise behind One Planet Living and one of the originators of Britain’s first BedZED Zero Energy Eco-District.

Jeremy Till, Head of Central St Martins, on building design, flexibility and material scarcity.

Teva Hesse from the London office of CF Muller architects working with LewesPhoenixRising will talk with LPR about their early stage design plans.

David Knight, DK-CM Architects on alternative approaches to planning.

Richard Dollamore, Design Officer of the Southdowns National Park, will talk emerging SDNPA design policies and the SDNP’s intended approach to design guidance.

Sarah Wigglesworth, on community and self build projects Sarah’s practice is engaged with NASBA.

Kareem Dayes from the Rural Urban Society Synthesis Project will talk about this community led self build initiative.

Soren Nielsen, from VandKunsten, Copenhagen, on adaptable futures in housing.

Gareth Roberts from Sturgis Carbon Profiling, environmental footprinting and building greenwash – Sturgis Carbon Footprinting worked on the recent BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certified World Wildlife Fund Living Planet HQ and are consultants for the Kings Cross regeneration scheme.

*Suggested donation of £5

Email makinglewes@outlook.com to reserve your place.