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The Lockdown Festival of Architecture is a spontaneous response to the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in. From the 4th of May until the lockdown ends, we’ll be providing a series of positive, productive and provocative activities to debate the future after coronavirus. Serious topics, but no stuffy conversations.

ACAN Assembly:
No More Business As Usual 20th May
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These past months have given us time to reflect on our response systems and our ability to adapt in an emergency. We have been reminded of the fragility of our National Health Service and our supply chains. Deep inequalities have been further exposed yet we have been united in vulnerability and community. We have witnessed that governments and nations are capable of profound and rapid change when confronted by crisis.

Though experts had forewarned of such an event, we were still caught off guard and ill prepared. We cannot not let this happen again. It is time to apply emergency measures to an even greater threat: the complete collapse of our planetary systems.

Business as usual sees us returning to a degenerative work culture: one that is destructive and exploitative in its quest for continuous growth. In order to avoid further disaster we fundamentally cannot go back.

As the government makes proposals for returning to work it is essential we play our part in how this happens. Given the construction industry’s significant role in recovery, we must work together to ensure that all future developments are designed with resilience and ambitious climate targets in mind.

Let's use this meeting as a chance to reach out and open up debate, to strategise how we can all redress our practices as we begin to create the alliances and tools required to break the status quo.

Ideas from this assembly and from our survey below will help inform an ACAN transition toolkit to help us all return to work. We really want input from across the industry so please share with friends and colleagues and get it out there!

Take the survey! Click here!

This assembly will take place over Zoom. Please make sure you register on Eventbrite to be sent a joining link closer to the date.


Speakers:

Gunter Pauli - Economist and Entreprenuer, dedicated to the development of business models that protect health and the environment and support local economies and employement.

Renata Tyszczuk - Academic and Artist, whose work explores the dynamic, and contradictory relationship between architecture and the global environmental crisis.

Michael Pawlyn - Architect and Theorist, with a focus on systems-thinking he has built a reputation as a thought leader in regenerative design and the circular economy.


A big thank you to everyone who has donated to our events - we are really grateful for your generosity! If you would like to donate, please just select the 'Ticket with donation' option rather than a 'General Admission' ticket.


We hope you can join us! Click here!

Designing Rebellion #1:
XR Roadblock Boxes! 13th May
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© Natasa Leoni

Ever wondered how XR's protest structures are made? How can Architects and designers protest?

In the first of a series diving into the design and detail of XR's protest structures, Nick Newman from the Architecture practice Studio Bark and U-build, will talk about the the roadblock boxes that made XR's London October Rebellion possible and supported XR in Madrid.

This isn't just another zoom slideshow or passive panel discussion! We're making it as creative and engaging as we can. Grab a drink, bring pens and paper. #penpaperpint

Designing Rebellion is a series of events delving into the design and thought processes behind XR's theatrical structures. These have been a central part of Extinction Rebellion's actions, ranging from roadblock boxes, mathematical bridges, pink and purple boats, sinking houses and giant ostriches!


We hope you can join us! Click here!

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Zoomed Out? Open Call 1st May - 1st June

We’re launching a design call to unlock the streets once Covid passes, open to anyone. We invite you to look outside, go for a walk, run or cycle. Photograph a space that interests you and fill it. Draw, design and collage over it. Either crafty self-build structures or crazy speculative visions to spark debate. How do we re-unite? Want to enter? Click here!
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© Simon Holliday

Fun Palace for Architects! 6th May - TBC

Join us for World Kids Colouring Day 2020! (Yes, that’s genuinely a thing). On the 6th of May, we’re answering Allford’s attack on RIBA, his call to “storm the building, taking it back for architects and architecture”. This is a socially distanced siege, sharpen your pencils, brandish your pens and Wacom tablets, just don’t eat the crayons. Illustrate your version of Portland Place. We’ll be releasing a template and details on the day. Read Allford's AJ article here!
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