New Radicals 2014 by Joanna Stabler

Wikihouse (and Civic Systems lab, a sister company of Architecture00)  have been voted one of the top 50 New Radicals of 2014.  Observer/Nesta New Radicals celebrates and supports exciting new projects making a real difference in communities.

Wikihouse gets special mention in Nesta's accompanying blog post.

 

AJ - RIBA Awards winners 2014: Workplace by Joanna Stabler

'Manor Works is a community enterprise centre - comprising offices, workshops, flexible working space and meeting rooms - to provide access into entrepreneurship for residents of Manor Estate. The building is a mature response to its context. Affordable and eminently accessible, it eschews the usual tropes of community architecture - ‘jolly colour’ and ‘whizz-bang’ formal gestures - structuring instead a controlled, confident proposition that acts as an armature for the business and social endeavours of its constituents'  19 June, 2014 | By Rab Bennetts / Architects Journal
Read the full article here.

Workshop at Manor Works by admin

A community workshop recently held at Manor Works (an addition to the Alison Business Centre) where the local people came together to assemble the new Open Desk furniture.

Manor works is a new innovative managed workspace for local start-up businesses alongside shared resources for local residents. 

Grand Designs Live by Joanna Stabler

Last week, Alastair took part in a panel debate hosted by Kevin McCloud, with Ted Stevens, Julia Thrift and planning minister Nick Boles MP at Grand Designs Live. The event came alongside the government's decision to launch consultation on national 'Right to Build' legislation, and asked the participants to set out policies they think the UK government should be looking to adopt to increase UK citizens ability to buy land and build their own home. Our recommendations included:

1. A legal definition The need for a legal definition of custom build, perhaps defined as 'Housebuilding whereby the house and land are procured independently of each other and by the end user of the home'.

2. A new land-use class 'C5' A recommendation (also put forward by Ted Stevens of the National Self Build Association (NaSBA)) for the creation of a new land use class in the planning system. 'C5. Custom build homes.' This would effectively create a parallel market for land, separating speculative development from those who simply want to build a home as somewhere to live.

3. Open data platforms Government support for open data platforms for land and planning, such as LandWiki.org.uk.

4. Rules-based planning A shift towards pro-active, 'rules based' planning, whereby instead of having to put in planning applications case-by-case, local neighbourhoods could democratically agree a set of predictable design rules with their local authority, which are communicated through a simple 'site passport', as used in the Netherlands.

RIBA Award Winner by Joanna Stabler

MANOR WORKS has been awarded ‘Yorkshire Building of the Year’ alongside a regional RIBA award.

As a new-build addition to the Alison Business Centre in south east Sheffield, the project provides innovative managed workspace for local start-up businesses alongside shared resources for local residents – a community workshop, digital media centre and multi-purpose hall that opens onto a new publicly inhabitable landscape. Funded through the LEGI framework, the building navigates a complex topography and planning constraints to provide welcoming facilities along an active public façade together with secure & affordable managed enterprise spaces. The project brings together combined opportunities in enterprise, community use and managed green space to deliver much needed public value for the residents of the Manor.

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Wikihouse at NYC Maker Faire by Nick Ierodiaconou

A couple of weeks ago Nick, Alastair, Sarah and Joni from 00 flew across to Queens in New York to build a WikiHouse for World Maker Faire 2013.  It was a project cut by Shop Bot and sponsored and co-built with SketchUp and friends. With one of the best amateur construction teams we’ve ever worked with, we put 1150 pieces together to construct the chassis of a double house in 16 hours.

See a timelapse of our Wikihouse Maker Faire build here.

There were 175 CNC sheets, which took Shop Bot two weeks to cut. There were some crazy times towards the end of the pre-build when Alastair was altering the SketchUp model in the UK, whilst Nick simultaneously updated files in Greece, whilst Bill in Shop Bot loaded the plywood onto the CNC table.

This project was the biggest WikiHouse we have made so far. It was a great opportunity for us to test our newest WikiHouse system. There was a lot of learning during the build itself, and we have already been making changes to the system to “Design for mistakes. Try to design components which either make it impossible for the assembler to get it wrong or are designed in such a way that it doesn't matter if they do” (WikiHouse’s design principle number 10).

See a timelapse of our Wikihouse Maker Faire build here.

- SG

Detail photos of Global Platform Denmark by Nick Ierodiaconou

Update: detail photos of the interior and exterior fit out of the new Global Platform at Action Aid.

00 developed the designs, as well as supporting ActionAid in the co-build refurbishment of their Global Platform in Copenhagen. Within a tight budget of £30k and 6-week timeframe, the building was refurbished by young people (16-30 years) with previously limited construction skills.

Greenhouse style meeting room with OpenDesk furniture (cafe table) and writable glass walls.

Bespoke project desks for private working or Skype calls.

Platform seating made from recycled milk crates.

Top floor cafe and community area.

One of the classroom / learning / presentation spaces with moveable whiteboard, a pallet stage and alphabet chairs.

Outdoor greenspace and greenhouse meeting room.

Pallet garden for flexible outdoor seating and presentation space.

Global Platform Denmark is a community of 13 organisations, academics and social entrepreneurs, who collaborate on creating activities, which engender global sustainability and democratic participation, and fight poverty and injustice.

All photos by Lynton Pepper.

- DS

Global Platform Denmark launch by Nick Ierodiaconou

From London to Denmark, 00 has teamed up with former team member Tim Ahrensbach (now at Action Aid) to design and build Global Platform Denmark - Denmark’s new centre for global citizenship and education.

Global Platforms is a worldwide network of training hubs for empowerment and activism, providing innovative trainings and capacity building for organisations and young individuals who wish to take positive action in their societies. 00 developed the designs, as well as supporting ActionAid in the co-build refurbishment of their Global Platform in Copenhagen. Within a tight budget of £30k and 6-week timeframe, the building was refurbished by young people (16-30 years) with previously limited construction skills.

If anyone is in Copenhagen this September, we invite them to come to the launch of Global Platform Denmark on September 6th at 15:00, where you will get the opportunity to see the space and get an insight into the activities and organistions that are housed here. The day will offer a plethora of workshops, drinks, good music, networking and light refreshments.

Global Platform Denmark is a community of 13 organisations, academics and social entrepreneurs, who collaborate on creating activities, which engender global sustainability and democratic participation, and fight poverty and injustice.

- SH & DS

Surprise wedding bells at 00 by Nick Ierodiaconou

This weekend it was surprise wedding bells for 00 couple, Lynton Pepper and Debbie So (now Pepper). The couple invited friends and family over under the pretense of a house warming BBQ and to our delight it was actually the surprise reception for their new marriage.

All the best to the happy couple from everyone at 00!

- 00