JOIN US FOR A FULL-DAY WORKSHOP IN LONDON ON 18TH SEPTEMBER  AT THE MAGICAL OMVED GARDENS.

We are inviting key players in the industry to join us for a full day discussing how a new regenerative architecture can truly integrate wellbeing, sustainability, teamwork and community into the design of our build environment.

This event is not a seminar or a conference. There are no keynote speakers or stages. Our intention is to create a space for deep listening, silent reflection and an emerging conversation through which we can begin to co-create a practical and solutions-focused manifesto with a growing network of likeminded peers. We invite you to let go of your preconceived ideas and assumptions and explore a new architecture beyond the physical form.

We have written an inspiration paper for such a new emerging narrative on regenerative space creation - you can read the document here

The day will be facilitated by Giles Hutchins, Laura Storm & Anton Chernikov - read more about them here

We are bringing together designers, urban planners, architects, developers and investors to explore new ways of working together. 

PRACTICALITIES ABOUT THE WORKSHOP IN LONDON

The day will consist of co-creation, silent reflection in nature, group discussions and embodied exercises. 

Our day will be shaped around the key questions guiding our work: 

- What makes you come alive? 

- Why do we need a new architecture? How do we define this new architecture?

- How do we practice this new architecture? 

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The day will be facilitated by Giles Hutchins, Laura Storm & Anton Chernikov - read more about them here

Location: Omved Gardens, London

Time: 8.00 am - 6pm, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day

Price: £250 to cover our costs - however, do note if this is a challenge for you in your sign up form

 

DIVING DEEPER

There's a new emerging architecture lurking in the near future. This new architecture requires us to look inwards before we design outwards. It is an architecture rooted in the study and practice of human wellbeing and organisational development. In short, we must seek to better understand the human and organisational processes that will give life to our buildings and communal spaces.

We propose to every individual and organisation working in the field of city development and architecture to consider the simple question of ‘What makes people come alive?’

Is this not the underlying purpose behind architecture?

OUR COLLECTIVE CHALLENGE

Let’s just take a moment to consider the exponential rate of urbanisation. Every week 3 million people move into cities. By 2050 there will be over 10 billion people on our planet and over 70% of us will be living in cities. Each year 1 million people take their own lives and 300 million suffer from clinical depression. Every 10 years global stress levels are expected to rise by 30%. Science now show that this stress-increase reduces our creativity, empathy, curiosity, conviviality and general well-being while also making us more addicted to personal possessions. We spend too much of our time in a ‘high beta’ brain- wave state - in other words, in a constant flight/fight mode. This reduces our ability to relate, create and care about what we value most in our lives.

One of the great design challenges we have today is to figure out how to design our build environment in a way that activates our humanity and wellbeing rather than undermines it.

The new architecture that we propose requires us to think and dream beyond the physical form and inquire about the day-to-day experience of our urban lives. As well as focusing on form and materials, wouldn’t it be good if architects and designers also focused on understanding the art and science of wellbeing and the future needs of humanity in a fast-evolving world? What if we invested more time to explore the architecture of community, organisations, and human relationships? What if we regularly immersed ourselves in nature as a source of inspiration for our work?

INTEGRATE NATURE INTO OUR DESIGN OF CITIES AND SPACES

Something incredible happens when humans spend time in nature. Science shows us that nature has a profound influence on our health and wellbeing. We open up, we transform, we connect. We activate our natural human capacity to self-notice, to pick-up on somatic sensations that influence our being-and- knowing. It is proven that spending time in nature reduces pulse rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels. We become more empathic, relational, enlivened, considerate, generous and ultimately more connected to others and the world around us.

Why not integrate this wisdom into the way we lead, build and design cities, buildings and communal spaces?

ABOUT THE NEW MOVEMENT ON REGENERATIVE ARCHITECTURE

WHAT:

The intention of this process is to open up a discussion specifically related to the field of city development, architecture and the built environment. We believe that it is critical given the scale of the social and environmental challenges that we face today to take the conversation surrounding future cities to a much deeper level. The guiding question that we will explore together is

'How can we begin to co-create a new architecture which integrates the wisdom of nature and the science of wellbeing into not only the physical design of our buildings but also the organisational structures and business models that have such a profound impact on how our cities continue to grow and evolve?'

It is with this spirit that we invite the industry players to a discussion around a new emerging manifesto. Such a manifesto can never be finished, nor should it be – a lived document that helps magnetise and mobilise the pioneers, disruptors and leaders in this field. But the industry is deeply lacking a key focus: How do we build thriving regenerative spaces? 

HOW:

On Tuesday 18th September, 2018, at the stunning Omved Gardens venue in London we shall be holding a one-day workshop for a unique group of key stakeholders to come together in a friendly and co-creative environment to explore this new architecture and the emerging manifesto.

The event will be a small gathering with space for co-creating. No keynotes or formalities.  

If you feel aligned with this and part of the industry you are more than welcome to join this process by applying here

PROCESS GOING FORWARD FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO JOIN - 

Step 1 - Read this paper

Step 2 - Participate in the September workshop and/or ongoing online and offline conversations.

Step 3 - We finalise the manifesto and create the movement around regenerative space-making.

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