Group 1: Amy Wallace, Ayanna Adannay Blair-Ford, Claire Greenland, Emily Chooi, Daniel Innes and Helena Francis.

Our group proposal of a Spatial Practice Bachelors degree and Union of Spatial Practitioners arises from a critique of the existing design education and industry systems. We collectively argue that in order to understand the very real barriers which face within the UK’s construction industry in relation to sustainable, economic and social practice, it is essential to re-examine the overarching structure of the system. We believe that an integral reason why current practice struggles to provide effective sustainable development models is the hyper-specialisation and…


Group Members: Amber Godfrey, Andra Pop-Jurj, AnYu Chan, Clementine Holden, Han Ning Loh, Kate Frew, Lara Bryan

ALT+LAND proposes an intervention to existing agricultural land development models to offer a dynamic housing solution whilst promoting soil health and sustainable farming practice.

The Problem

Farmers currently face pressure to be competitive, leading to the use of artificial soil treatments such as pesticides and nitrates to minimise soil recovery periods and therefore temporarily maximise yields. …


Agata Nguyen, Janice (Yee Teng) Tai, Maciej Kanarkowski, Natalie Sitt, Tonderai Maboreke

Smart Grid Coop sees the intersection between domestic space and urban infrastructure as a key site of radical shift towards environmental and socio-economic justice. The proposition model aims to assist in the development of cooperative housing communities focussed around shared energy infrastructure, as part of the wider energy decentralisation movement.

Smart Grid Coop would facilitate communities coming together to create their own energy & housing cooperative. This could be either an existing community planning to retrofit, or a group of people seeking to incorporate renewable energy into their…


Group members: Ophelie Prevesianos, Claudia Robalino, Annalaura Fornasier, Beatrice Rita, Cristina Loya, Salima Toturbieva, Pinar Cengiz

Mission Statement

The construction industry is one of the most significant contributors to waste generation in the UK, as well as worldwide. Evidence shows

that it uses up to 50 % of its mineral resources from nature and it is predicted to generate 2.2 billion tonnes of waste by 2025 (Fabris,

bdcnetwork). In addition to its apparent environmental benefits, waste reduction would be economically beneficial to the UK government

and to the construction sector. …


Nour Al Ahmad, Walid Bhatt, Sarah Cummins, Chris Laing, Chris Scarffe, Rachel Waller

Planning Collective Pitch Poster

Our proposal is concerned with the current planning process, and how we believe it is not a collective, knowledge just, transparent, equitable, or sustainable, model. Our solution, the Planning Collective, aims at resolving these issues through radicalising and empowering community input — or, put simply, by democratising engagement.

The Planning Collective is a national independent body, funded by not for profit grants, investments into planning, and tax revenue. It proposes two main interventions within the planning network and system.

The first part of the proposal is the…


In the evolving speed, temporality and course of contemporary London, the relationship between land and use is as fragile as ever. Yet, in the City in 2018, at least 20,000 commercial units remained empty for at least six months, and 11,000 for over two years.

In the context of pledges to reach a Net0 built environment, meanwhile spaces expose opportunities to address this issue with re-use rather than re-build in an effort to better utilise land resources. The meanwhile space compromises a stance on urban land use and seeks to find alternative methods of property quotas in the city; offering…


Abstract

The problem:

In the UK we have been separated from the acts of physical building, it is wrongly believed that only a selective few have the ability to construct, retrofit or to assist with building: ‘only 10% of the UK’s new homes are self-builds, compared with around 50% in other European countries’[1]. It has got to the stage in the UK where working on one’s home is seen more as a privilege than a necessity. Alongside this issue of disconnection with construction we are facing a climate crisis. ‘The UK has the least energy efficient housing stock in Europe’[2]…


Abstract

The first section of the paper aims to summarise the original proposal as presented to the Radical Practice panel in December 2020. We will briefly cover the current structural problems when envisioning Juniper, and aspects we tried to tackle to create a more efficient environment for investing in green infrastructure within our cities. The purpose of the summary is not to evaluate any part of our proposal but to comprehend our thinking process throughout the first assignment of Radical Practice 2020–2021.

In the second chapter, we attempt to critically evaluate our built environment model by assessing all the elements…


Monica Patel, Darcy Arnold-Jones, Zhuxuan Yang, Francesca Savanco, Francesca Benetti Genolini, and Reediima Uppal

OurSpace.CoOp is a community-based model that challenges the current structure of public space in terms of its procurement and function. The model aims to enable greater input from the local community, encouraging a development of public space projects that reflect the needs and values of the users. OurSpace.CoOp thus allows for public space to have a longer lasting impact both socially and environmentally.

Mission

The mission of OurSpace.CoOp is to reframe who we view as the “client” in the development of public space. Current methods of…


The Radical Institute of the Built Environment (tr.IBE) is a proposal for a new, alternative institution in order to give a form of accreditation to professionals across the built environment and construction industry. It would aim to encourage collaboration, radicalisation, and cross-industry education and would provide an inclusive, constantly evolving and subscription-based form of accreditation.

The requirement to join would be to take part in both research-based and real-world projects as cross-industry teams; which together would be gathered into an open-source, online knowledge platform to be shared by all other practices and companies. …

Radical Practice

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