21st Oct 2014 5:30pm
3rd floor, Mithras House, Moulescoomb
This lecture will focus on works produced in Grymsdyke Farm, a site within Lacey Green, a small village set in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, about 35 miles northwest of London. The properties on the site of Grymsdyke Farm comprise a series of farm buildings surrounded by a paddock, a walled vegetable garden and a small orchard. At the turn of the last century, it was a large working farm. Over time, it was divided and sold off into different properties. The farmhouse and the small cottage remain as residential, but the rest is slowly being converted into workshops and studios. The core interest at Grymsdyke Farm is to establish and explore the value of a living/working practice that involves an intimate engagement with materials and processes of making in a specific place, Lacey Green. Here, we engage in a wide range of design fabrication and site-specific installations. Our aim is to expose, articulate and demonstrate the essential connections between processes of design, making and place. This idea rests on more than just personal interest. The practice involves building relationships with other individuals who share a similar enthusiasm for making. The practice is thus communal, as it becomes a place where people can exchange ideas, working methods, interests and expertise.
In addition, I will talk about our recent successful RIBA research trust award proposal on clay and robotics. This practice-led research project will reconsider the extraction and use of local clay deposits by combining traditional expertise with robotic technologies. Focusing on the geological and cultural sites of clay beds in Buckinghamshire, the aim of the project is to advance sustainable and site-responsive architectural practices. We define this as a process of making that is of benefit to the natural and social ecology of a region, both now and in the future.
Dr. Guan Lee graduated with a B.Sc. (Architecture) from McGill Montreal, and received a Diploma and MA in Landscape Urbanism from the AA. He holds a PhD in Architecture by Design from The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. His practice, Grymsdyke Farm, located in Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire is engaged in a wide range of design fabrication, digital and analogue. Since 2011, Guan has taught the Graduate Architectural Design (RC5) course at the Bartlett, DS16 at the University of Westminster and the Graduate Architectural Design course at the Bartlett. He began teaching ADS6 at the Royal College of Art in 2013. This year, he will also be running Undergraduate Unit 10 (UG10) at the Bartlett.