Suburbanstudio London, Ashton Porter Architects

Suburban Studio London, Ashton Porter Architects

A symposium on live/work projects at London Metrpolitan University launches a new on-line information resource

Designing the Workhome is an on-going £187,000 AHRC-funded Knowledge Transfer project to create a design-guide for the sustainable ‘workhomes’ of the future.

The research traced the history of the workhome, from medieval times to the present day and analysed its contemporary form through the close scrutiny of the lives and premises of 76 home-based workers in urban, suburban and rural contexts in England, across the social spectrum, in diverse occupations and inhabiting a wide range of building types. A series of principles and typologies was identified through this process.

The UK Coalition Government’s pledge to lift the ban on social tenants starting businesses in their homes makes design for home-based work a live policy issue.


2.00pm coffee / registration

2.30pm Introduction | Robert Mull
[Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University]

2.40pm Keynote | Angela Brady
[President-elect, RIBA]

2.50pm ‘Introducing the workhome’
Frances Holliss and Colin Davies [Workhome Project]

3.15pm ‘Sustainable technology and construction for home-based work and the workhome’
Oliver Rehm [Director, Baufritz [UK] Ltd]

3.30pm ‘9-11 Stock Orchard St’: Living and working in a self-built workhome’
Sarah Wigglesworth [Director, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects]

3.45pm Questions / discussion

4.00pm Tea

4.20pm ‘The artist’s workhome’
MJ Long [Director, Long & Kentish; CABE Commissioner]

4.35pm ‘The complexity of neighbourhoods: new strategies for change’
Lucy Musgrave [Leading practitioner on sustainable communities, social architecture and urban design, Director, Publica]

4.50pm ‘Does home-based work provide the big idea for the next wave of urban design, regeneration and policy?’
Graeme Evans [Director, Cities Institute]

5.05pm Questions / discussion

5.20pm Conclusion and thanks
Frances Holliss / Colin Davies / Robert Mull

5.30pm Exhibition opens / drinks reception

Wednesday 16 February 2011
Followed by reception

Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design
London Metropolitan University
Spring House
40–44 Holloway Road
London N7 8JL

The event is free, but registration is necessary as places are limited.

Register here

The Workhome

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