From ideas to action: Make Lewes festival 2015
Initiated in 2014, the festival will see its second edition in the small town of Lewes near Brighton in the south of England.Lewes is a small town of 16,000 near Brighton in the South of England. The selection of speakers and participants includes representatives of some of the leading practices in the UK from the field of sustainable architecture and design.
The festival will be a series of events open to the public, each event focusing on a particular area of innovation in the field. Highlights include:
· ReMake, Remodel Symposium and Exhibition, looking at the latest in collaborative design and shared workspaces including “MakersSpaces”. Speakers include Turner Prize short-listed Assemble; Duncan Baker Brown, lead creator of the Brighton WasteHouse; and Jonathan Minchin from Valldaura, Spain, the driving force behind the world’s first green “Fablab” which promotes the sharing of ideas, technology and connections.
· Rethinking Housing Symposium and Exhibition, focusing on sustainable housing, covering award winning mainstream housing schemes, eco-districts, self-build and co-housing. Speakers include Lisa Baraitser and Ken Rorrison on their award winning Copper Lane Co-Housing project in London and Paul Chatterton of LILAC Leeds, innovators in the new wave of co-Housing projects.
· Collaborative Collisions, an opportunity for different makers and craft disciplines to work and improvise together on a live project, with open workshop sessions at the Foundry Gallery and Makers Talks evening presentations by leading craftspeople.
· Kinship II, a design and make workshop co-partnered by William Hardie of Studio Hardie, Lewes, and Sally Daniels of the University of West of England’s Architecture Department, in which up to twenty five participants will design and build a portable community structure, supported by professional carpenters.
· Lewes Makers Distributed – an exhibition of work by Lewes craftspeople and makers including basket weavers, jewellers, bread makers and textile makers.
· Post Local, part of the Lewes District 2030 events, an afternoon of debate exploring cutting edge sustainable technology, design and materials, with expert speakers including a keynote presentation from the Centre of Alternative Technology’s Peter Harper.