Field Office workshops are a collaboration for founding and supporting new site-specific practices.
The first workshop, designed for teams to attend both in-person and remotely online, will be on 13-14 October 2023 in Deptford, London (UK). It is a partnership with Sayes Court (CIC), a community organisation that has been developed through local resistance to a large ongoing urban regeneration project (Convoys Wharf). Sayes Court is a place that was historically the London home to John Evelyn, the author of ground-breaking books on urban forestry (Sylva) and air pollution (Fumifugium), and it is currently being developed as a public landscape and research centre.
With contributions from Akil Scafe-Smith (Resolve Collective), Elena Luciano Suastegui (Architectural Association/RCA), Jane Mah Hutton (University of Waterloo), Ken Worpole, and Roo Angell (Sayes Court), the first workshop will explore three questions: firstly, how projects create equitable and meaningful engagements with communities; secondly, how data that is collected and generated can be made accessible to communities that are part of sites; and thirdly, how study and design of a site/project, such as Sayes Court, can be distributed across a wider area. Participants will engage actively with these questions through site-specific research and design projects.
Project Studio was founded by Ed Wall as a platform for design and research collaborations focused on landscapes, cities and territories. Works, such as Lubricity, Park Works, Roaming Forest, and the Valley Project, have been published in The Guardian, Architects’ Journal, Architectural Design (AD), Building Design, Abitare, and Arch Daily and exhibited at the Van Alen Institute, Royal Academy, Building Centre, Garden Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Landscape Urbanism Biennial, and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.