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Idea by

Maria Alexandrescu (landscape architect), Georgia Anderson (historian), David Doherty (builder), Charlotte Grace (architect), Benjamin Irvine (researcher), Erin Liu (designer), Louis Schulz (builder)

Ironed Curtains

MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DH, London, United Kingdom
Ironed Curtains draws together methods across the fields of architecture, design, education, activism, historiography and domestic labour. Having already forged convivial bonds through spaces of design education (Oxford Brookes, Central Saint Martins), archives (MayDay Rooms), political organising (Plan C), and social organising (going to the pub), Ironed Curtains is the first formal iteration of the active and social co-production of the aforementioned practitioners.

The Public House of Architectural Futures


Reactivating the Lucas Plan archive // Redesigning technology // Reformulating the good life !

The Public House of Architectural Futures


Reactivating the Lucas Plan archive // Redesigning technology // Reformulating the good life !
The Public House acts as a space of rest, spontaneous association and bold non-productive dépense.
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  • Systemic changes

Facing factory closures and looming unemployment in 1976, The Lucas Aerospace Combine Committee published an Alternative Plan to produce “socially useful products” to meet community needs. Many of these products—dismissed by management at the time—are now considered mainstream sustainability technologies. An unearthed documentary shows Lucas workers discussing their concerns in a Pub; the space and its associations facilitate collective reflection, debate, and tactical organising. We propose to reactivate the archive of The Lucas Plan by housing it in a Pub. We see the Pub as a communal architecture nurturing collective consciousness, outside of formal institutions. It acts as a useful space where discussions about social (re)production and participation can take place. We encourage collective participation through a series of talks/workshops of contemporary projects sharing an affinity with the Plan. This abstract has been accepted by the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale.


The Public House of Architectural Futures


Reactivating the Lucas Plan archive // Redesigning technology // Reformulating the good life !

The Public House of Architectural Futures


Reactivating the Lucas Plan archive // Redesigning technology // Reformulating the good life !
The Public House acts as a space of rest, spontaneous association and bold non-productive dépense.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Facing factory closures and looming unemployment in 1976, The Lucas Aerospace Combine Committee published an Alternative Plan to produce “socially useful products” to meet community needs. Many of these products—dismissed by management at the time—are now considered mainstream sustainability technologies. An unearthed documentary shows Lucas workers discussing their concerns in a Pub; the space and its associations facilitate collective reflection, debate, and tactical organising. We propose to reactivate the archive of The Lucas Plan by housing it in a Pub. We see the Pub as a communal architecture nurturing collective consciousness, outside of formal institutions. It acts as a useful space where discussions about social (re)production and participation can take place. We encourage collective participation through a series of talks/workshops of contemporary projects sharing an affinity with the Plan. This abstract has been accepted by the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale.



Idea by

Maria Alexandrescu (landscape architect), Georgia Anderson (historian), David Doherty (builder), Charlotte Grace (architect), Benjamin Irvine (researcher), Erin Liu (designer), Louis Schulz (builder)
Ironed Curtains
MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DH
London
United Kingdom
Ironed Curtains draws together methods across the fields of architecture, design, education, activism, historiography and domestic labour. Having already forged convivial bonds through spaces of design education (Oxford Brookes, Central Saint Martins), archives (MayDay Rooms), political organising (Plan C), and social organising (going to the pub), Ironed Curtains is the first formal iteration of the active and social co-production of the aforementioned practitioners.