Thursday 30 January 2020
15:00 - 16:00
seminar room level T1
City vs Countryside
Where is the ideal place to live and work? Historically, people have always travelled to cities for work and desired a country retreat for a healthy home life. Now we’re becoming more polarised into urban dwellers and rural types but we all like a bit of nature. The rolling hills of England's green and pleasant lands are enticing but the metropolis can be awash with pocket parks and green spaces. The panel will explore a series of case studies that either sit within a verdant expanse or enclose their own micro landscape.
David Michon is a writer and strategist, and the former managing editor Monocle magazine and Winkreative creative agency. He's a past editor of Icon, and has written for L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Kinfolk, The Gourmand, PIN-UP and Disegno.
Piers Taylor, Principal, Invisible Studio
Piers Taylor is an award winning architect, and principal of Invisible Studio. He was the inaugural Studio Master at the Architectural Association for the Design & Make Programme at Hooke Park, a former Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and is a PhD Scholar at the University of Reading. Taylor lives and works in a 100 acre woodland that is managed by his practice as a place for ongoing research to inform the buildings they design and make. He runs a progressive architectural practice which designs and constructs in a collaborative fashion, often with ‘unskilled’ labour using materials grown or sources from the site.
Niall Maxwell, Founder, Rural Office for Architecture
Rural Office for Architecture was established in rural Wales in 2008 by Niall Maxwell, having moved there from London in 2004 to work on the development of Cardigan’s historic port.
The practice classifies itself as regionalists, often working within rural settings, responding to the context and surroundings by reinterpreting the familiar architectural language of the past. Niall has spent the last decade documenting the landscape of Wales as he travels across the country for business, reflecting on the shift in agricultural practice and rural industry. The practice's output is small with projects often taking years to reach completion, if at all, with much of their work involving strategic consultancy for universities, cultural organisations and heritage bodies.
Selected by the Architecture Foundation in 2015 as one of the best emerging practices in the UK, they were part of the winning design team for the RIBA House of the Year in 2017, a country estate called Caring Wood in Kent. They are currently working on a range of barn conversions across the UK, three new residences in Wales and a rural dwelling in Japan.
Hugo Lindsay-Fynn, Co-founder, Palladian London
Palladian London is a high-end, boutique architectural practice run by brothers Hugo and Alexander Lindsay-Fynn that specialises in the design of beautiful, distinctive homes which reflect the personalities and lifestyles of their owners.
Alexander has a background in urban planning and interior and architectural design, while Hugo’s background is in the history of architecture, architectural design and real estate development. They founded Palladian London in 2005 and are personally involved in every project the practice takes on.
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