Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party
Thursday 9 June, 6-9pm Spend a relaxed summer evening in London’s interior hot spot. Visitors can rub shoulders with the leaders in the interior design field and meet the names behind the showrooms Enjoy street entertainment and music, delicious food and drink at this perfect summer soiree. Decorex International 18- 21 September London Design Festival 17- 25 September
Anupama Kundoo: High-speed Housing
31 March - 18 June 2016 Admission free Visit the Roca London Gallery to view its latest exhibition, entitled 'Anupama Kundoo: High-speed Housing'. Architect Anupama Kundoo is internationally recognised for her experimental work in sustainable, affordable construction. She adapts her processes to respond to local socio-economic contexts, working with a huge range of makers, from the most technologically- advanced engineers, to local Indian craftspeople who continue to pass their skills down through the generations. For her exhibition at Roca London Gallery, which works as a companion piece to her scheduled installation in the Arsenale at this year’s Venice Biennale, Kundoo shows the design process that she and her team have followed to construct lightweight, resilient solutions to housing and sanitation issues worldwide. Elements of her Full Fill Home prototype, Light Matters Housing and Easy WC are on display, alongside photographs and films that show construction in progress. The skills required to build the homes can be acquired by anyone: simple enough to pass on to local craftspeople yet sophisticated enough to withstand seismic shocks. Biennale director Alejandro Aravena praises Kundoo’s resourceful fusion of old and new, her ability to learn from indigenous practice and adapt it to contemporary needs: “It is a unique, remarkable design that balances a very rare quality in architecture: resonating with the archetypes of construction, coming from the beginning of the times and simultaneously pointing to the future as a highly innovative project. It carries the DNA of timelessness; we would like to learn from those architects and projects that are going to stand the test of time, I am sure.” Roca London Gallery said: “We are very excited to be able to bring Anupama Kundoo’s groundbreaking work to London for the first time. Water is becoming an increasingly limited resource and Roca is committed to supporting and promoting environmental issues through its We are Water Foundation. Kundoo’s concept for better domestic sanitation in economically deprived countries is inspiring and we hope this exhibition will highlight the need for a more sustainable solution to a global problem.” Full details available here.