‘Architecture of the Domestic’ for Make Place, Salford Museum and Art Gallery (2016)

Make Place is a talks programme exploring domestic space and identity at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Featuring renowned academics and artists from across the UK, the programme will contextualise Mark Devereux Projects represented artist Sophie Lee’s own artistic research into domesticity, which has included visiting the Gvendareyjar islands in Iceland to studying Salford Museum and Art Gallery’s extensive collection of nineteenth-century household objects, furniture, fixtures and fittings.

Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture, Royal Academy, London, considers how bricks and mortar, coupled with our desire to forge safe domestic environments, influences the way we live; Gill Perry, Professor of Art History, Open University, addresses the sociological and psychological impact the of domestic environment upon our everyday lives; Artist Becky Beasley will discuss her practice and relationship to notions of feminism within the domestic environment; and Edward Hollis, Director of Research, Edinburgh College of Art, will unpick the minor rituals and routines that allow us to constantly remake the home.

‘Ai Weiwei is a generator, an initiator and a director of architecture’ – The Architectural Review (2015)

The self-taught architect is better known for his art, but Ai Weiwei’s architectural studio has developed a restrained style that speaks to the fundamentals – form, structure, proportion and light

Read the full article on The Architectural Review

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With Blouin Artinfo on ‘Inside Heatherwick Studio’ exhibition (2015)

BLOUIN ARTINFO caught up with curator Kate Goodwin to discuss the finer points of Heatherwick Studio’s prolific and varied output, comparative perspectives on the British and Hong Kong design scenes, and the explosive growth in Asia’s emerging metropolises.

Thomas Heatherwick

What do you think distinguishes the creative process of Thomas Heatherwick and his studio? What is it that allows the studio to tackle such a wide range of project briefs and challenges both efficiently and innovatively?

The studio is not restricted by conventions or traditional boundaries: indeed, in many cases, it actively seeks to challenge them and offer new alternatives. They work across many disciplines and approach projects in a similar way, regardless of scale or typology. They critically analyze a brief, questioning the assumptions, and in some cases, initiated projects themselves.

They seek to find an essential idea or problem to solve, and do so in an inventive and original way, uniting the idea with a sculptural and sensual form. They also constantly question and re-evaluate the key idea behind a project, and their response is strong enough to inform and drive a project — an approach that assures they are constantly innovating.
Read the full Interview at Blouinartinfo.com

Photo © PMQ and Heatherwick Studio

Time Out: Curator Tour Sensing Spaces Royal Academy of Arts 2014

For the duration of Sensing Spaces, you won’t recognise the Royal Academy. Okay, so the grand Palladian exterior on Piccadilly will look as impressive as ever, but inside, a team of seven architects are transforming the galleries of Burlington House beyond all recognition.

The big aim of Sensing Spaces is to change the way the city thinks about and engages with architecture. At the show’s core is a series of space-changing installations – think bamboo pyramids that secrete incense, a disorientating maze of mirrors and a kaleidoscope-coloured tunnel that shifts shape as visitors interact with it.

Check out the video above for a taste of what’s in store when the show opens next year, and check back soon for more images, exclusive video content and information on how you can get involved with one of the most exciting shows of 2014.

See original article at timeout.com