House Block

House Block asks what could our environment look like if our homes were not static structures, but could evolve over time? What if there was no set design, but an ecology of elements that constantly reorganise through automation? Could we even dare to think of a future that democratises access to building systems – one that alleviates the housing crisis and supports labour practices threatened by ever increasing automation?

House Block is designed and built using a discrete housing system what we can consider to be a kit of parts, known as Block Type A. Each block is milled from a single sheet of plywood using CNC machines and assembled by hand, then post-tensioned and joined together using rods. These are considered to be ‘discrete’ because the blocks are not fixed, instead offering the opportunity to be assembled, dismantled, reconfigured and reassembled over and over again.

The prototype demonstrates what could be achieved if we were to think about participatory approaches to housing where local communities make use of digital modes of production. Our four takeovers, hosted by The Building Centre (19-25 April), The Good Thing and Gonzalo Herrero (26 April – 2 May), Studio Wayne McGregor (3-9 May) and L U C I N E (10-16 May) provide live demonstrations of this potential, as the blocks morph over time into configurations that support different needs, provocations and conversations.

House Block is delivered in partnership with Hackney Council as a part of an exploration of digital approaches to community-led developments.

House Block is supported by UCL Trellis: Community Partnership Building Events, EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Follow-On Funding, UCL East Community Engagement Seed Fund, UCL Innovation & Enterprise HEIF Funding.

 
Public Programme

You are able to get involved by joining our taster sessions or attending events as a part of our public programme.

The public programme will run in collaboration with our project partners from 19 April 16 May 2021. The events cover talks, tours, performances and installations bringing new perspectives to issues around local housing needs, applications of technology and governance that move between near-future solutions and more speculative visions.

 

Week 1

Taster Sessions
  • Saturday 17th of April / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

Taster Sessions
  • Monday 19th of April / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

More Events TBA

Week 2

Taster Sessions
  • Saturday 24th of April / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

Taster Sessions
  • Monday 26th of April / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

More Events TBA

Week 3

Taster Sessions
  • Saturday 1st of May / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

Taster Sessions
  • Tuesday 4th of May / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

More Events TBA

Week 4

Taster Sessions
  • Saturday 8th of May / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

Taster Sessions
  • Monday 10th of May / 10:00 - 13:00
  • AUAR
  • House Block

Taster Sessions

Taster sessions will provide an opportunity to meet the designers and a chance to get hands-on with Block Type A as we construct the takeovers. These sessions will be held between 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Taster sessions are paid opportunities @ £50 per session (capped at 3 people per session).

More Events TBA

Visitor Information



House Block is located in the playground of the old Harrington Hill Primary School, in Clapton. (London, UK).


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House Block is accessible through the public transport network.


By Overground:

Clapton Station - 10 minutes walking.


By Train:

Lea Bridge Station - 22 minutes walking.


By Bus:

393: Mount Pleasant Lane Stop - 3 minutes walking.


If you use public transport, please follow the current national guidance on Covid restrictions for safe travelling.

If you feel unwell, please stay at home and contact us to reschedule your visit, if possible.

Please note that attendance at taster sessions and public programme events will be capped, to ensure we are compliant with national guidance on covid restrictions, allowing up to 6 people from different households to mix in an outdoor setting.

Please wear a face covering when accessing the site, unless you are exempt. 

 

We are able to accommodate small educational tours for primary and secondary schools alongside community groups in Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham, please email us for more information: projects@automatedarchitecture.io

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