The seminar will focus on We Made That’s work across research, strategy and design. The practice’s wide-ranging portfolio, spanning culture, economy, industry and community in city redevelopment, showcases a multi-faceted and socially engaged approach to architecture and urban design. After the introductory lecture, the audience will explore with Holly how the experiences and methods of this architecture practice could be transferred to St Petersburg today – in particular the potential of the city’s ‘grey belt’ – a complex of industrial buildings surrounding the city.
Holly Lewis is an architect and a co-founder of the We Made That architecture and urbanism practice. She has led a unique range of urban projects for the practice, from facilitated urban discussion events through to comprehensive high street regeneration in South Croydon. Holly also leads the research portfolio of the practice, which has included studies of local economies and placemaking in the London Legacy area and research into trends in industrial land uses across London.
Through their work, the We Made That helps establish dialogue between local communities, governments, businesses, and cultural institutions. The studio does research, publishes newspapers, and organizes multidisciplinary discussions and workshops. All their work is public, and aims to make imaginative and considered contributions to the built environment through socially engaged design processes.
The seminar is organized with the support of the British Council.
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Strelka Week is organized with the support of Gazprom Neft as a part of the Native Towns social investment program.