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Join Turner Prize 2015 nominees Assemble to discover more about their democratically run architecture, art and design practice.

Do hand-made, improvised and small-scale interventions have any real impact on the long term social and political life of a city? Do these projects really benefit those involved, and if so how?

Assemble is a team of 18 young architects and designers who seek to champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative. Their projects include an adventure playground in East Glasgow, a temporary cinema in an unused Clerkenwell petrol station and collaborative affordable workspaces in Walthamstow and Bow. In Liverpool they joined residents of the Granby Four Streets in Toxteth in their 20-year battle to save their homes; work which has earned Assemble a nomination for the 2015 Turner Prize. 

This event will feature a presentation of selected works by Assemble including two primary school commissions in Bristol developed as part of the Primary Capital Programme, followed by a panel discussion with Dr Stephen Knott of Liverpool Hope University chaired by Jonathan Mosley Associate Professor of Architecture, at University of the West of England.

Listen: Missed this talk, you can hear it here


This event is part of the ‘Art in the City’ Lecture series, organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England. Supported by Bristol City Council.


Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen. 


Giles and Amica:

Giles and Amica are founding members of Assemble. Amica has been heavily involved in the origin, creation and development of Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Glasgow. Giles is currently working across a number of projects from a healthy chicken-shop to an alternative city plan for Vancouver. Both are interested in the role of the amateur, and of amateur making, in the development of architectural practice.




Architecture Centre:

Part of Festival of the Future City.