Category Archives: Soundingsoffice

Event Cancelled – Isle of Wight Architecture Centre

Due to severe weather conditions, this event has been cancelled.

As soon as a new date has been agreed, we will update the blog.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused: Christina and Steve look forward to visiting the Isle of Wight Architecture Centre at a later date.

Choreography for Blackboards at Hayward Gallery – Saturday 27th November, 4pm

Choreography for Blackboards

Something for the weekend… (text and images from Southbank Centre website).

This installation-performance by Michael Kliën features six people drawing on blackboards in a ritual ambience. Klien’s choreography weaves individual expressions into a dreamlike collective dance of minds. Viewers are free to walk, sit, read and converse throughout the process.

Credits –

Choreography – Michael Kliën

Dramaturgy – Steve Valk

Music – Volkmar Klien

Lighting – Dave Guy

Choreography for Blackboards takes place from 4pm to 5.30pm on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November.

Admission free with Move: Choreographing You exhibition ticket.

Supported by Culture Ireland and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Soundings/Fluid @ Open City, Architecture in Schools


Amanda, Kat and Georgina have partnered with Blackheath Bluecoat Secondary School years 9 to 12 to as part of Open City’s Architecture in Schools programme.

Helping to bring architecture and the built environment into the classroom, we have collaborated with Open City, Blackheath Bluecoat School, Broadgate Estates, and Vincent Liu, an architecture student from Westminster University, to volunteer along with another 35 ‘teams’ and 1000 students in a London-wide student design competition.

A building exploration to Broadgate Tower began our architectural journey, looking at what we could see, feel and hear in and around the building. A ‘wayfinding’ trip to the 17th floor showed us breathtaking views and a chance to understand the density, massing and use of space in the City. Finally, we looked at the unique structure behind the building and how its environment is maintained.

Creative exploration into modular architecture vs. bespoke architecture was the basis of our model-making workshop. The students developed designs initially created through classroom work into concept models and a fantastic series of representational drawings.

Thanks to all involved and fingers crossed for the competition!

Soundings staff sing at the MUSARC Christmas Concert – Friday 10th December

Caf and Kat will be returning to one of London’s most beautiful churches and great acoustic spaces for the MUSARC Choir’s Christmas concert this year. They would like to invite you to join MUSARC on Friday 10th December 2010 at St Bartholomew the Great, EC1, for a night of sound and music from the 15th century to the present.

For more information and details of how to book tickets, see here.

Urban Acupuncture

Acupunctura Urbana, by Jaime Lerner

In Christina’s recent talk about the future of London, she referenced the idea of Urban Acupuncture, “the idea of small interventions to improve the experience of living in the city” as something that has to happen more in and around the city.

This is an idea that has been around for a while, and is being implemented in various ways across the globe. At a State of the World conference in 2007 Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, a city that has demonstrated a fresh approach urban planning, called for Urban Acupuncture to “bring revitalization and sustainability to the world’s metropolitan areas.” See more here.

Examples of this kind of activity can be seen closer to home, with pop-up shops and guerrilla gardening increasingly becoming the norm in our major cities. The London Festival of Architecture provided a fair few case studies of this. Below we have featured one such project, initiated by Space Pilots.

Some food for thought…

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Urban Islands Project, Space Pilots

*content from their Facebook page follows below:

“The Urban Islands Project is part of an ongoing project SPACEPILOTS introduced in 2009 under the title of Unlocking the City, aiming to excite young people about their city, engage them with their environment, and to empower them to get involved in the actual shaping of places.

We are inviting young people aged 16-25 to participate in the research and development of design ideas for Urban Islands.

We launched the project in the form of a small pilot at this year’s London Festival of Architecture [LFA 2010] between 19 June – 4 July 2010, in the Borough of Southwark, South London.

A citywide survey has been run in 2009 asking young people about their local environment and the improvements/interventions they would like to see put in place to improve their lives… – The Urban Islands Project is a direct response to their call to create places where they can meet each other and feel safe.

Help us detect existing or potential urban spots, overlooked and/or ignored, and revive them into Urban Islands!”

Find out more by visiting their Facebook page, or the Urban Islands website.

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Related projects:

Union Street Urban Orchard, a London Festival of Architecture initiative conceived by Heather Ring. The project was featured in a past blog post here.