As part of its ongoing exhibition of the 2013 AJ Small Projects, the Bristol Architecture Centre hosted the first ever event centered on the Small Projects Sustainability Award, now in its third year
Organised by Architecture Centre director Rob Gregory, the event was entitled Small Projects, Big Green Ambitions. Kilburn Nightingale Architects, this year’s sustainability award winner, and the shortlisted practices presented their work, followed by a Q&A on the current challenges of sustainable design.
Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio kicked off with an overview of his work which included the shortlisted Caretaker’s House at Hooke Park in Dorset and concluded with his current masterplanning work in Christchurch, New Zealand and upcoming £100,000 House programme for BBC2 which airs on September 18. ‘I am fed up with land-hungry eco-houses that you have to drive to. The greatest invention of sustainability is the city,’ Taylor said.
Matthew Driscoll and Jack Hosea of Threefold Architects presented their shortlisted Long Studio in Norfolk, as well as zero-carbon operational house in the pipeline in Dartmoor.
The evening concluded with Richard Nightingale of Kilburn Nightingale Architects explaining how his Rwanda Sculptural Park in Uganda evolved from the practice’s previous work in Africa. ‘It’s cheating to say it’s sustainable because it’s a long way from anything’ said Nightingale, explaining that they didn’t set out to design a sustainable building, but that the only sensible approach was to use materials that could be made or found locally.
About forty people attended, including Peter Clegg of FCBS, Bill Gething and Craig White of White Design. Drinks were provided by White Design.