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PIONEERING THE POTENTIAL 2021

Natural Building Materials across the Weald & Downland

We are pleased to be supporting this years Pioneering the Potential, an evening micro-symposium hosted by Fourth Door Research.

Talks, presentations and an exhibition focused on timber, demonstrating Sussex’s pioneering natural building materials role and potential.

Friday September 10th 2021, 18.00 – 21.00 at Studio Hardie Workshop* Studio Hardie, Unit 4, Phoenix Works, North St, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE

*Seating will be appropriately spaced. The studio workshop is large and well ventilated. We would prefer face coverings to be worn inside.

Booking through Eventbrite. Free/Donations – pay what you can.

Symposium Speakers:

Steve Johnson (the Architecture Ensemble) and Chris O’Callaghan – Flimwell Park a new all-wood development showcasing local timber in Flimwell village.

George Fereday and Nick Meech Home Grown House + the Home Grown House demonstration projects exhibition.

John Russell (to be confirmed) – Foxwood Cruck Frame built from local thinnings.

Amy Hammond/Lantern Re-using urban and roadside wastewood, ash dieback and other wood destined for burning.

Lukas Imhof live on Zoom from Switzerland – on his engineered ash Ekkharthof Community Centre building.

Plus:

Fourth Door’s Annular wood and timber culture website relaunch will be part of the evening. Revisiting The Bio Base – Another opportunity to view Making Lewes’s 2014 the Bio Base exhibition.

More detailed information available via Fourth Door.

For further information please email editorial@fourthdoor.org or contact Sam Jenner (07884 006413)

Pioneering the Potential is hosted by Fourth Door Research in association with Making Lewes http://www.fourthdoor.org.

Photo credit: Flimwell Park Roland De Villiers/ShootLab

Supported by:

Makers Evening With Jim Keeling

Jim Keeling set up the well-known Whichford Pottery and was instrumental in the Oxford Anagama Project. Keeling spoke to a sizeable audience of potters and other makers in Making Lewes member Studio Hardie’s ad hoc evening venue on Friday 28th.   Alongside exploring his thirty year Whichford Pottery journey, Keeling also told us about making and building a version of the ancient Japanese Anagama kiln, in the heart of Oxfordshire’s Whytham Woods, and his hopes and fears for the future of craft in current times.

Building With Water With Niklaus Graber

Architect Niklaus Graber, curator of Bengal Dreams, the major Swiss Architecture Museum exhibition currently touring Europe, provided an in-depth exploration of the relationship of architecture and water in the Bangladesh delta, where, with the majority of this populous nation’s land sitting at below sea level, there is a need to work carefully with water at all levels of society, including the built fabric.

Building With Water With Richard Coutts

After Maggie we moved from the developing world and its pollution issues, to the world-wide one of rising water levels, cities and other urban areas, and what floating buildings could contribute to this whole planet challenge. Richard Coutts, principal BACA Architects, leading UK specialist floating buildings studio, sped through a presentation of the many projects and research concepts he and BACA have been involved in, while illuminating for the audience how policy and Governmental change is opening up the possibilities for scaling floating building infrastructure in the soon to arrive future.

Building With Water With Claire Whistler, Charlotte Still & Jane Trowell

By way of complete contrast the water performance by Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still, co-founders of Pevensey Marshes Water Week Festival and Jane Trowell from PLATFORM was a moment of in-breathing stillness in the busy afternoon of speakers, stories and information. The trio had made the upstairs quarters, the octagonal walkway of Fitzroy House, the site of their performance, letting water fall from a medieval monastic water carrier. They quietly sang as the water fell, a grieving psalm of loss for what humankind has wrought on the water world, before descending to the ground auditorium to be interviewed by one of their number, Jane Trowell asking questions of Whistler and Still, about their wider Pevensey Water Week Festival work.