Thursday 3rd May
18.30 Postcard Party, Please
Friday 4th May 17.30 fir 18.00
The Architecture for Humanity Conversation Series: Charles Thomson, Johanna Gibbons and Peter Barber; Chaired by Alasdair Ben Dixon
Come join Charles from Studio 54 Architecture , Johanna from J&L Gibbons and Peter from Peter Barber Architects as they discuss the challenges and rewards of socially-engaged projects. Deftly chaired by AfH London Trustee Alasdair, the conversation will focus on recently completed London-based homelessness and supported accommodation builds such as the Branches Hostel for Rough Sleepers and the Redbridge Welcome Centre as well as broader community focused regeneration and green infrastrucure initiatives such as Making Spaces in Dalston and the East London Green Grid. There may even be some wine…
Image © Peter Barber Architects
Saturday 5th May
At AfH London we certainly grow like we give a damn; that’s why we are dedicating Saturday to sharing our passion for urban growing with inspiringly green workshops aplenty:
12.00 – 13.45 Inkling Building Physics, Isabel’s Admirable Solar Collector
Want to make the best out of spring’s sunny spells? Isabel will take you through how to build a solar panel using recycled soda cans and use it to heat your green house. You will gain a real understanding of how solar collectors work and participate, step-by-step in the building of our Greenhouse Solar Collector. By the end of the session you will have gained the skills necessary to make your very own. Come along and bring some cans!
13.00 – 14.45 What if: projects, Vacant Lots
The Vacant Lots programmemaps neglected spaces on inner city housing estates and transforms them into environments that provide neighbourhoods with the most basic of requirements: outside space, a space grow food and a place to socialise. Within four years, over 670 new allotments have been created, providing 1.7 acres of new community growing space across Hackney, Islington and Camden.
Project co-founder, Ulrike Steven will introduce the programme and take you on site visit of the very first Vacant Lot. You will then have the opportunity to map sites in your own neighbourhood that could be reappropriated through urban growing. All proposed sites will be collated by What if: projects into a new Vacant Lots map. You may well find yourself starting your own Vacant Lots-inspired programme.
Image © What if: projects Ltd
13.00 - onward The Pothole Gardner Greens Greenhouse Saturday!
We are oh-so excited to announce that the infamous Pothole Gardener will be making a much anticipated appearance on Rivington Street as part of Greenhouse Saturday. Fresh from Milan, he will be adding delightful specs of green around Space fiftyfour.
For a chance to see him at wok as he creates his miniature landscapes, come along to Ideas on a Postcard Please on Saturday.
15.00 – 17.00 JAILmake, The Brick Replacement Service Goes Open Source
Become a brickie for a day. Enter Liam and Jamie’s one square metre factory and learn how make your own reseeding bricks. The bricks contain a multitude of seeds – from herbs and grasses to wild flowers and trees. They can be placed in holes in walls or used to fashion entirely new structures blooming overtime into pocket meadows. You can drop in any time until 16.30.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to reserve seats.
Sunday 6th May
What better way to celebrate the bank holiday weekend than by taking a stroll down Rivington Street, visiting the Ideas on a Postcard Please exhibition, and looking through the AfH bookshop as you listen to live music. A selection of titles, chock-full of Ideas, provided by our partners Abrams and Chronicle Books will be available to leaf through. There will be fresh coffee and delectable cookies. Sale proceeds will support AfH London’s work.
Monday 7th May
Love Architecture, Love Monday
We are spreading the love in London by launching an Architecture for Humanity Friends Scheme.
It is our way of reaching out to all those interested in our activities and to people who want to take part in the discussion around humanitarian design. Becoming a friend of London is a way of contributing to our work through an annual subscription. Drop by for a chat and meet the team. Join and reap the benefits - including a 10% discount on Design Like You Give a Damn  and surprise goody bag.
Tuesday 8th May
10.30 - 12.30
Katherine’s Partnerships Tuesday
Our Trustee Katherine McNeil will hosting a drop-in surgery from 10.30 to 12.30 to discuss collaborative opportunities with one and all. Whether you want to collaborate with Architecture for Humanity London as a client, partner, consultant or volunteer, we’ll talk you through what we do and how we deliver our projects. All your questions about community-engagement and humanitarian work, both in the UK and abroad, answered!
Just drop in anytime. We look forward to meeting you.
Wednesday 9th May
Urban Animals’ Wednesday
To round up the week, 51% studios present a gem of an idea.
Their Habi-Sabi project is a swift & bat box, beehive and planter with a tiny pool, log store and gravel tray which cater to the London wildlife’s every need. Made out of a recycled material and extremely simple to install, it encourages a wider variety of birds to our city centres improving our urban ecologies.
51% studios will also be launching a very exciting new endeavour, one which will bring you really up close to London’s animals… Come along for an opportunity to take part in the project.