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Future fitting event, 4 July 2013, staged by Urbanista.org in alliance with Recode Gallery

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Review by Rory Stott, Archdaily, 21 July 2013.

Urbanista.org, Lucy Bullivant's new webzine of critical perspectives on contemporary urban design and its responses to social, cultural, political and economic patterns globally, is staging a series of events from spring 2013 at Lime Wharf, a new futures gallery in London E2, in alliance with its Recode Gallery.

Future fitting

Interrogating urban models based on new metropolitan values, addressing local deficiencies in areas of publicly accessible open space, and improving connectivity - these are some of the myriad everyday tasks urban designers undertake. Committed to supporting the urban dweller who wishes to navigate more easily, to feel that their neighbourhood doesn't have a fragmented identity but brings pleasure, project teams need to implement a clear and shared perspective, find a balance between the impulse to reinforce coherence and the scope to recognize singularities. If they cannot, the response to local needs and future evolutions is lacking.

Rather than the much used term 'retrofitting', is the activity urban designers are undertaking more appropriately called 'future fitting'? For our July event, we invited Alessandra Cianchetta, co-founder of AWP, Paris, Andy Groarke (co-founder) and Lewis Kinneir (project architect) of Carmody Groarke, to present their strategies - whatever we call them - towards defining this balancing act, and multi-faceted impulse to evolve.

Thursday 4 July 2013
6.30pm for 7pm
Lime Wharf, Vyner Street, London E2 9DJ

6.30-7.00pm
Drinks
7.00-9.00pm
Talks by invited speakers (details below)
9.00pm soft launch of the Wharf Kitchen canteen

Urbanista.org in association with Recode Gallery, LimeWharf

Recode Gallery is part of LimeWharf, a new, Hackney-based futures gallery and artistic laboratory founded and curated by creative radical Thomas Ugo Ermacora on Regent's Canal in the heart of East London's creative quarter on Vyner Street. LimeWharf will open the canalside Annex gallery with works by sculptor Mattia Bosco, muse Nathalie White and photographer Robert Leslie who together are initiating a curatorial investigation of the themes of ambivalence, hybridity and imperial decay. The Wharf Kitchen canteen with healthy dishes for will soft launch on 4 July. Come also and play Animal Carnival and more. For details of the LimeWharf programme: http://limewharf.org/

Alessandra Cianchetta is a founding partner of AWP office for territorial reconfiguration, Paris, one of the new leading practices in France, and AWP-HHF, Basel. Her award-winning work ranges from large-scale urban design to temporary installations. Current projects include the public space and follies project for the Jardins de l'Arche below the Grande Arche de la Défense, a series of cultural and leisure buildings and follies set in a park in Poissy, France, and the masterplan and construction of housing and mixed-use sector in Lausanne. AWP won the French Ministry of Culture Prize for Best Young Architect. Cianchetta teaches design studios and theory seminars at Columbia University and at Cornell University. http://www.platforms.fr

Andy Groarke

Carmody Groarke is an award-winning, London-based architectural studio established in 2006 that has developed a strong reputation for designing buildings and spaces for culture and the arts. Completed projects include: the permanent memorial to the 7 July bombings in Hyde Park, London; new studios and workshop for sculptor Antony Gormley; The Double Club, a collaborative arts project with Carsten Holler and Fondazione Prada; headquarters fit-outs for the Contemporary Arts Society and The Architecture Foundation; and award-winning exhibitions within galleries and museums throughout the UK and overseas. Current projects include: the Windermere Steamboat Museum in the Lake District; a new permanent drawings gallery and archive for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); Frieze Art Fair 2013; and a rare books library and exhibition gallery for The Royal Horticultural Society. In 2007 Carmody Groarke was awarded the prestigious Building Design Young Architect of the Year. In 2010 their Studio East Dining temporary pavilion won the Emerging Architecture Award from Architectural Review.

Lewis Kinneir is an architect who has been a key staff member at Carmody Groarke since its founding seven years ago, and was project architect on the Studio East restaurant, Regents Park pavilion and 7 July memorial. http://www.carmodygroarke.com

Lucy Bullivant
Urbanista.org

Founder and Editor, Urbanista.org. Author, critic, curator of exhibitions and confererences internationally, guest lecturer and consultant. Adjunct Professor, history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London. Advisor to Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement, Paris and FRAC, Orléans. Author of Masterplanning Futures (Routledge), New Arcadians (Merrell) and Anglo Files (Thames & Hudson). Honorary Fellow of RIBA. www.urbanista.org

Thomas Ugo Ermacora,
LimeWharf

Urbanist and founder, Clear Village, creative regeneration specialists responsible for many participatory placemaking projects, and creator of LimeWharf futures gallery and artistic laboratory. Current and recent collaborations with World Design Capital, Helsinki; Design Council, UK; Big Lottery Local Food Programme. RSA Fellow. www.limewharf.org

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