Blu-sky thinker Rachel Armstrong will be on the main stage at Creativity World Forum in the morning of the very first day. If you want to follow her and be introduced to her fellow sustainable innovators from the Experimental Architecture Group, then look no further!
In this session, you will get to work alongside the three brilliant experimental architects. There will be discussions on living architecture, built and natural environment and generally how we build a world we want to live in.
Ohya, and then you will be building it too!
Join this session if in your mind, rolling up your sleeves and thinking outside the box are not polar-opposites. …or if you want to learn how.

Living bricks of Aarhus

“A place where architecture ends and the world of the imagination begins.” – Aldo Rossi

Immerse yourself in a world of overlooked opportunities, where the way you sort, order, value and upcycle discarded materials reveals something about yourself and the world you want to live in. Through simple acts of design, this workshop re-imagines what the basic unit of design – the brick – could or should be. It is equally suitable for non-designers and experienced architects. You will begin by making your own ‘living’ brick from pre-collected and washed waste objects harvested from the city of Aarhus. Through your
creative reading and re-assembling, these bricks will become more than a simple building block. Using techniques like storytelling and creative thinking, your proposal for a future Aarhus will suggest strategies for inhabiting its spaces and places in new ways. Working with others you will build a collective structure that embodies the dreams and aspirations of all participants and speaks to the city of the future.

Who are the members of the Experimental Architecture Group?

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. She is a Rising Waters II Fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (April-May 2016), TWOTY futurist 2015, Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. Rachel is a ‘sustainability’ innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She is coordinator for the €3.2m Living Architecture project, which is an ongoing collaboration of experts from the universities of Newcastle, UK, the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, Italy, the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, Austria and EXPLORA, Venice, Italy that began in April 2016 and runs to April 2019. It is envisioned as a next-generation, selectively, programmable bioreactor that is capable of extracting valuable resources from sunlight, wastewater and air and in turn, generating oxygen, proteins and biomass.

Simone Ferracina is a Research Assistant at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, and the Director of the Organs Everywhere Imprint for Punctum Books, New York. He is a PhD candidate in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, where his thesis on exaptive design methods reframes up-cycling for the 21st century. Prior to joining Newcastle University, Simone was an Associate and Project Director at Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP in New York City, where, for over fifteen years, he worked on high-profile international projects in Italy, Czech Republic
and Taiwan.

Rolf Hughes is Research Associate and Director of Artistic Research Practices within the field of Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University, Hughes is a writer and researcher of innovative forms of artistic, design-led and transdisciplinary practices. He holds the first ever PhD. in Creative and Critical Writing funded by the British Academy from the University of East Anglia, UK, and has been at the forefront of research developments in architecture since 2000, when he was employed as Senior Researcher at the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, on a series of projects funded by the Swedish Research Council, while supervising several pioneering PhD dissertations. Since then he has been Guest Professor in Design Theory and Practice-Based Research at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design; Senior Professor in Research Design at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture (KU-Leuven, Belgium, 2007–2013), where he helped create and develop a pioneering international, practice-led PhD. programme for professional architects, and the inaugural Head of Research and Professor of Artistic Research at Stockholm University of the Arts. He has served two terms as Vice President of the international Society for Artistic Research (2010-2014).

The group is assisted by architecture students from Aarhus School of Architecture.

Image credits: All images courtesy Simone Ferracina.