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Speakeasy Sessions on building design planned for Roots Architecture at the WOMAD music fesitval

For the first year, 2013’s Roots Architecture at the WOMAD music festival in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, UK will feature a series of building- and architecturally-related talks and discussions. The three talk sessions are focused on Post Disaster & Humanitarian architecture, Self & Community Build, and timber as a future Twenty-First century construction material.

Roots Architecture@WOMAD has been run for the last for years as a network including tangentfield and Fourth Door, with workshop contributors TYIN Tegnestue, Kobberling & Kaltwasser, WKSHP, Charley Brentnall and Bamboo Jack. This year's workshop teams consist of Architecture for Humanity-UK, Architecture Sans Frontier, Architrek, and the Centre for Alternative Technology.

The talks present a diverse cross-section of speakers spanning mainstream architects to community networks such as Transition Town, long time alternative technology advocates CAT and pioneering forestry specialists who have introduced local indigenous wood to the building industry.

Friday: Post disaster design & humanitarian architecture - 11 - 1 pm

Peter Clegg - The work of FeildenCleggBradley Architects and the Richard Feilden Foundation's projects in the developing world
Bill Flinn - Designing for disaster - What post-emergency situations need
Katherine McNeil - the work of Architecture For Humanity-UK, in Britain and internationally

Saturday: Self & Community Build - 2 - 4 pm

Peter Lipman - Chair of the Transition Network and the Centre for Sustainable Energy on the Transition Towns localist vision for building culture
Jackson Moulding - Self-Build in action - Ashley Vale eco-village community, Bristol, and other self and community build initiatives
Allan Shepherd - Approaches to community self-build at CAT, past history to a future zero carbon Britain

Sunday: Timber - A building material for the twenty first century - 2 - 4 pm Charley Brentnall - The Carpenters Fellowship and timber frame building, old and new
Nozomi Nakabayashi - Hooke Park and the first of the new generation timber projects at Hooke Park, Nozomi's Big Shed project
David Saunders - Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre in Sussex as a model for developing local wood as construction materials

More information can be found here.

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