ON FABRICATION: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN DESIGNERS AND MAKERS.  SESSION 3: FENELLA COLLINGRIDGE AND DAREN BYE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION PUBLIC PROGRAMME

2021

Project Role: Organiser and Chair

Project Category: Event

I organised and chaired this series of discussions, which explore the relationship between designing and making, and between designers and makers. The politics, poetics and practicalities involved in this exchange are regularly overlooked, with representation and documentation of completed projects tending to emphasise the role of the designer as sole author. Although a process of design delegation is intrinsic to construction at an architectural scale, the skills and expertise of a projects’ makers are often integral to the development of the design itself. In a year defined by the challenges of working remotely, it seems particularly important to maintain a conversation about working relationships, and to examine the means by which practical experience is exchanged, instructions communicated, and designs developed as shared endeavours.

In the third and final talk, Fenella Collingridge and Daren Bye review the construction of Walmer Yard. Completed in 2016, this group of four houses is built around a shared courtyard within in Notting Hill. Rich in both material and spatial variety, Walmer Yard presented unique technical challenges to both designer and maker in the production of bespoke components and details. Focusing on the cast-in-situ concrete elements, Fenella and Daren discuss their collaborative working method and the media used to resolve Walmer Yard’s detailed designs.