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Open Practice: Visit the architects driving sustainable building and retrofit

As part of Green Sky Thinking, some of the UK’s leading practitioners in sustainable design will be sharing their expertise through a range of events hosted in their own offices and in locations around London

Green Sky Thinking is a series of free London events taking place from 17 to 22 Sept 2011.

On this page you can find all events listed alphabetically by name of practice or company.

Register via email to green@open-city.org.uk unless otherwise stated below.


Aecom- ‘How can nature inspire new ways of thinking about urban design and development?

Level 3, Johnson Building, 77 Hatton Garden EC1N 8JS
Mon, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
How can nature inspire new ways of thinking about urban design and development? Join us as we discuss how water-sensitive urban design and biomimicry are pushing innovation forward. Advance booking is essential for entry: email green@open-city.org.uk
Tube: Farringdon, Chancery Lane; Rail: Farringdon
www.aecom.com


Aedas - ‘Building Performance Evaluation Pecha Kucha

5-8 Hardwick Street EC1R 4RG
Mon, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Aedas R&D invites you and your colleagues to a ‘pecha kucha’ and drinks reception at our offices in Clerkenwell. Participants in the Technology Strategy Board Building Performance Evaluation programme will be sharing their early findings and debating implication for policy and practice.
Tube: Angel, Farringdon, Kings Cross; Rail: Farringdon, Kings Cross; Bus: 19, 38, 341, 153, 63
www.aedas.com


Ann Bodkin Sustainability + Architecture - ‘Up on the Roof’

Meet at Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, North Lambeth SE11 6DN
Mon, 2.00pm - 5.00pm Tour starts 2.00pm 
‘Up on the Roof’: a living roof tour of North Lambeth, including roofs for bees, DIY community-built garage rooftops, artist’s ecostructure, edible bike shed and the UK’s largest green roof renewal housing project. Rooftop access involves climbing steps. Limited spaces - book to reserve place at green@open-city.org.uk
Tube: Lambeth North, Waterloo; Bus: 59, 159, 3, 360, 507
www.annbodkin.co.uk


Ash Sakula - ‘Leather Lane Stars’

Leather Lane Market, EC1
Wed, 11.00am - 2.00pm and 6.00pm onwards; Thurs, 11.00am - 2.00pm and 6.00pm onwards
‘Leather Lane Stars’ is a project to promote, publicise and reinvigorate the historic market of Leather Lane, EC1. As part of this campaign, architects Ash Sakula will be co-hosting stalls in the empty patches of Leather Lane from 11.00am - 2.00pm on Wednesday and Thursday - bring your ideas for London street markets. Leather Lane Lates will feature ‘Market Corner Drinks’ at the Craft Beer Co. public house, and then ‘Looking Back to Look Forwards’: an evening of films and talks at Le Regal cafe, also on Leather Lane.
Tube: Farringdon; Rail: Farringdon Bus: 55, 243, 63
www.ashsak.com
http://leatherlanestars.wordpress.com


Atelier Ten - ‘Turning a glass house into a green house’

19 Perseverance Works, 38 Kingsland Road E2 8DD
Wed, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
‘Turning a glass house into a green house’: a presentation given by Meredith Davey, followed by a Q&A session, on the development of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Three distinctive waterfront gardens in the heart of Marina Bay will define Singapore as the world’s premier tropical garden city. Whole office will be open to visitors. Access is via Hackney Road. Please note: no lift access to office. Booking required. Contact leanne.renn@atelierten.com to reserve your seat.
Tube: Liverpool Street, Old Street; Rail: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch, Hoxton; Bus: 26, 48, 55, 149, 242
www.atelierten.com


BDSP Partnership

The Battleship Building, Paddington Central, 179 Harrow Road W2 6NB
Tues, 11.00am - 1.00pm; Wed, 11.00am - 1.00pm; Thurs, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Presentation on BDSP’s sustainable design appproach and solutions through some built exemplar projects such as the London 2012 Velodrome and National Assembly for Wales (Tues and Thurs), as well as through current projects in the UK, Europe, UAE and Africa (Weds). Please check BDSP’s website for directions. There are 5 visitor parking spaces available.
Tube: Paddington; Rail: Paddington; Bus: 7, 23, 27, 46, 159
www.bdsp.com

 

Bennetts Associates Architects
1 Rawstorne Place EC1V 7NL
Sat, 10.00am-5.00pm. Regular tours. Displays of current projects including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Mint hotels in Amsterdam and Tower of London. Last entry 4.30pm. Max 20 at one time.
RIBA Award-winning architects’ office combining a revitalised group of redundant industrial buildings and an 18C barn with new contemporary elements. Sustainable features include re-use of existing buildings and green roofs.
Tube: Angel, Farringdon; Bus: 4, 19, 38

 

Child Graddon Lewis studios
Studio 1, 155 Commercial Street E1 6BJ
Sat, 10.00am-5.00pm/Sun, 12.00noon-5.00pm. Last entry 4.30pm. Max 100 at one time.
Old warehouse building opening onto a courtyard with a large green planted wall and art exhibition wall. Refurbished by Child Graddon Lewis Architects & Designers.
Tube/Rail: Liverpool Street; Overground: Shoreditch High Street; Bus: 67, 149, 8, 48, 35

 

David Morley Architects - ‘Natural Consequences’
The Lookout, Hyde Park W2 2UH
Thurs, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
“Five-by-five” means a signal that has excellent strength and perfect clarity — the most understandable signal possible. The second event in David Morley Architects’ FIVEby5 series, ‘Natural Consequences’, introduces the practice’s environmental design approach.
Tube: Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park Corner; Rail: Paddington, Victoria
www.davidmorleyarchitects.co.uk

 

Duggan Morris Architects Ltd - ‘Reinventing the Ordinary’
Unit 1, Zeus House, 16–30 Provost Street N1 7NG
Wed, 4.00pm - 6.30pm
‘Reinventing the Ordinary’: DMA will present, through a series of displays and exhibition pieces, projects both past and present and a slide presentation, showing their thoughts on how reinventing ordinary spaces in our communities can lead to new approaches and innovations towards ‘green sky’ thinking and design. There are two entrances: a side access via stairs to our basement location or via the main entrance into Zeus House which has a lift/ramp for disabled access. Please call ahead on 020 7549 1780 should you need to access the lift, so we can ensure easy entry. Note no parking available as double yellow lines.
Tube: Old Street; Rail: Old Street; Bus: 43, 55, 271, 21, 214
www.dugganmorrisarchitects.com

 

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios - ‘Urban sustainability: the issues beyond architecture’
Twenty, Tottenham Street W1T 4RF
Thurs, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
‘Urban sustainability: the issues ‘beyond architecture’: presentations and debate exploring the wider issues of sustainability in the urban context. Speakers include Carolyn Steel, architect and author of Hungry City; Sion Parkinson, artist from the Cape Farewell project; and Nick James, Sustainability Projects Manager for BioRegional Quintain, speaking on the Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios project One Brighton. Booking required. Contact holly.mansergh@fcbstudios.com to reserve your seat.
Tube: Goodge Street; Rail: Euston; Bus: 10, 14, 24, 73, 29
www.fcbstudios.com

 

Passive Heat Recovery Module - Green Structures
Green Structures
Unit A, Swan Island, Strawberry Vale, Twickenham TW1 4RP
Tues, 10.00am - 3.00pm; Wed, 10.00am - 3.00pm; Thurs, 10.00am - 3.00pm. Max 8 in workshop at one time R T
Green Structures will be demonstrating a range of built environment innovations including Passive Heat Recovery Ventilation (Ventive), Thermal Memory House Project, Retrofit for the Future innovations, Zero Carbon Heating designs and other innovative architectural solutions.
Tube: Richmond, then bus; Rail: Strawberry Hill, Twickenham
www.greenstructures.co.uk


Gregory Cowan - ‘Occupying Streets at all Hours’

Meet at 9 Caledonian Road N1 9DX
Mon 19 Sept, 12.00pm - 3.00pm
‘Occupying Streets at all Hours’ workshop:  a practical fieldwork street design appraisal exercise for any professional with an interest in urban public space/urban design and wishing to add this to their CPD. The exercise will assess walkability, liveability and urban sustainability through a variety of research methods. Please bring a short statement about your interest in the workshop as an introduction to other participants. Access arrangements will be made for anyone with special requirements.


Hawkins Brown - Redevelopment vs Refurbishment Debate

60 Bastwick Street EC1V 3TN
Wed, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Hawkins\Brown hosts a panel debate of the current options, pressures and incentives for redevelopment versus refurbishment across key sectors, including its Clapham Estate Regeneration and Low Carbon Workplace projects. Ring the bell for entry.
Tube: Barbican, Old Street Rail: Old Street, Kings Cross; Bus: 4, 55, 243
www.hawkinsbrown.co.uk

 

Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre - ISG
ISG plc - Site Breakfast at Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre
Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre Landmark Site, Tidal Basin Road, Royal Victoria Dock E16 1BW
Thurs, breakfast from 8.30am and talk on site 9.00am - 10.00am
Site Breakfast at Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre: visit the site of the new Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre and learn about the construction of this world-leading example of sustainable building, which is also the first within London’s new Green Enterprise District. Presentations by Siemens, ISG and Wilkinson Eyre. Breakfast included. Follow signs to project office. Please note no parking available on site and we recommend arriving by public transport. Limited availability and pre-booking advisable - email@isgplc.com
DLR: Royal Victoria; Bus: 347, 147, 241, 300, 325, 474
www.isgplc.com


Jerry Tate Architects - ‘Why aren’t buildings more like trees? Why aren’t cities more like forests?

Hothouse, 274 Richmond Road E8 3QW
Tues, 3.30pm - 6.00pm Last entry time 5.00pm
Tea, treats and talking sustainability: ‘Why aren’t buildings more like trees? Why aren’t cities more like forests?’ An interactive exhibition and talk with tea and cakes. Office, meeting room and rooftop open to visitors - visitors will be met at reception and directed to event.
Tube: Bethnal Green; Rail: London Fields; Bus: 106, 254, 48
www.jerrytatearchitects.com

 

John Thompson & Partners
23-25 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DN
Sat, 9.00am-2.00pm. Regular architect-led tours, first come basis. Architectural exhibition about building and other JTP projects.
Refurbishment of a former 1920s warehouse into an architects’ studio, fitted out with the latest green technology as a demonstration of sustainable office design.
Tube: Barbican; Tube/Rail: Farringdon, Old Street; Bus: 4, 55, 153, 243

 

Moixa EnergyMoixa Energy - ‘Green DC Pie in the Sky’
Visit www.moixaenergy.com for confirmed location
Wed, 1.00pm - 4.00pm 
‘Green DC Pie in the Sky’ - take a stroll in the park and see our complete office in the sky, running on sunshine and a bit of magic from our box of tricks. As an exemplar of green sky thinking, Moixa will present a demonstration of a green office desk powered by renewable energy, and provide insights from award winning sustainable designers.
Tube: Chalk Farm, Camden Town; Rail: Kentish Town West; Bus: 27, 29, 134, 214, 88
www.moixaenergy.com

 

Nick Willson Architects - Veil HouseNick Willson Architects - ‘Retrofitting Made Simple’
G2 Hoxton Works, 128 Hoxton Street N1 6SH
Wed, 9.30am - 1.00pm Last entry at 12.30pm.
‘Retrofitting Made Simple’: Nick Willson Architects invites the community and local business into its office to demonstrate and offer advice on how to improve and retrofit their existing properties to raise the sustainability credentials and performance of the fabric and space.
Tube: Old Street; Rail: Hoxton; Bus: 55, 149
www.nickwillsonarchitects.com

 

Penoyre & Prasad - ‘Retro-Fit for Purpose’
28-42 Banner Street EC1Y 8QE
Thurs, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
‘Retro-Fit for Purpose’: The retrofit of non-domestic properties to meet the UK’s carbon reduction commitment appears dauntingly complex with properties of different ages, size, construction, and with varied tenures demanding different solutions to almost identical properties.  Penoyre & Prasad look at the imperative of efficiencies through repetition and scale, and at emerging patterns which may provide an effective blueprint, with reference to recent projects including Guy’s Tower. Booking essential: contact Diane Hutchinson at d.hutchinson@penoyreprasad.com
Tube: Old Street; Rail: Liverpool Street; Bus: 55, 76, 242, 243, 43
www.penoyreprasad.com

 

PRP Architects - ‘Delivering Zero Carbon Residential Developments’
10 Lindsey Street, Smithfield EC1A 9HP
Wed, 6.00pm - 8.30pm Last entry time 6.30pm.
‘Delivering Zero Carbon Residential Developments’: in a lively open panel discussion with industry professionals and the audience we will be examining what it takes to deliver zero carbon residential developments in an inner city context. Please contact Tracy Galvin at tracy.galvin@prparchitects.co.uk or 020 7653 3510 to register your interest in attending.
Tube: Barbican, Farringdon; Rail: Barbican, Farringdon; Bus: 4, 56, 76, 153
www.prparchitects.co.uk

 

Studio Egret West - ‘From Pea Soup to Onion Rings’
No. 1 Compton Courtyard, 40 Compton Street
Wed, 6.00pm - 8.00pm Max 50
‘From Pea Soup to Onion Rings’: presentation and debate on how to best to consolidate the future growth of London. Please buzz “1” from Compton Street to access office. Parking available in car park just off Goswell Road. 
Tube: Farringdon, Barbican; Rail: Farringdon, Old Street; Bus: 4, 54
www.egretwest.com

 

Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre Landmark Site, Tidal Basin Road, Royal Victoria Dock E16 1BW
Thurs, breakfast from 8.30am and talk on site 9.00am - 10.00am
Site Breakfast at Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre: visit the site of the new Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre and learn about the construction of this world-leading example of sustainable building, which is also the first within London’s new Green Enterprise District. Representatives from Wilkinson Eyre and ISG on site. Breakfast included. Follow signs to project office. Please note no parking available on site and we recommend arriving by public transport. Limited availability and pre-booking advisable - email@isgplc.com
DLR: Royal Victoria; Bus: 347, 147, 241, 300, 325, 474
www.wilkinsoneyre.com

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