100 Day Studio

The Architecture Foundation brings you a daily diet of online lectures, interviews, building tours and panel discussions - all live and all free

Boccaccio’s fourteenth century classic The Decameron takes the form of 100 tales told by a group of young people who have retreated to a villa while waiting for their native Florence to escape the grip of the Black Death.

The 100 Day Studio is a new initiative devised by The Architecture Foundation that adapts this model to our current health crisis.  For 100 weekdays from Monday April 6th to Thursday August 27th, the 100 Day Studio brings you a daily diet of online lectures, interviews, building tours, panel discussions and quizzes.  Each Friday we will publish the curriculum for the week ahead.

All times are in British Summer Time (GMT+1). Please note, while the meetings are accessible to everyone, for security reasons, we do require attendees to have a registered Zoom account.


The 100 Day Studio Playlist

Each night, we ask the speaker to choose a piece of music to play before the lecture begins. This is a collection of those choices, which we will continue to add to.



The Final Week

Monday 24 August 

5:30pm - 6:30pm ArchitectureDoingPlace, Gbolade Design Studio, Jas Bhalla Architects, Kristofer Adelaide Architecture, McCloy + Muchemwa & NimTim Architects: Housing for a Better World via Zoom

The shortlisted practices for the Housing for a Better World competition, launched by Brick by Brick in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, will present developed proposals in the final stage of the competition. The judges include Anisha Jogani, placemaking team leader at Croydon Council; Architecture Foundation Young Trustee Betty Owoo & RIBA council member Yemi Aladerun. Applicants were asked to submit thought-provoking ideas for how homes can improve the urgent issues of health, sustainability and inequality for residents and wider communities. The competition was launched to help Brick By Brick build relationships with a range of talented practices that have been under-represented so far. The organisation has committed to working with practices that are representative of the wider population of Croydon, and to bring positive change within the architecture profession.

Architecture Doing Place

Architecture Doing Place are an architecture and urban design practice, who aim to produce beautiful buildings and spatial interventions from our immersion in the arts and contemporary architecture.

Gbolade Design Studio

Gbolade Design Studio’s response redefines the ‘home’ from the individual house, to a ‘collection of dwellings centred around community living’; encouraging the richly diverse Croydon community to interact with, learn from and grow together in order to create strong and integrated communities. The environmental response ensures new developments address Croydon’s flooding challenges, and becoming carbon-neutral, while utilising the wealth of local talent for supply and manufacture. We believe this response truly makes everyday places for people extraordinary.” – Tara Gbolade

Jas Bhalla Architects

“Our submission addresses the consistently poor living conditions found above Croydon’s linear retail parades – accommodation disproportionately used by minority ethnic groups. Housing in these locations rarely meets internal or external amenity standards, and is often accessed via services yards used to store commercial refuse. Through targeted intensification, Parade Living seeks to demonstrate these locations can provide alternative models of housing that are generous, flexible and commercially viable.” – Jas Bhalla Architects

Kristofer Adelaide Architecture

“A.F.R.O House is a concept house type that uses modular construction to satisfy high housing needs, with high quality manufacture and great design. As Berthold Lubetkin said, ‘Nothing is too good for ordinary people’.” – Kristofer Adelaide Architecture

McCloy + Muchemwa

“The principles of modularity, environmental synergy, and shared open spaces have driven our proposals for an adaptable system of housing. We want to tackle notions of density, biodiversity and community cohesion within the scheme. We initially identified structural timber and CLT as a flagship sustainable building method, this will allow for modern methods of prefabrication, faster and safer construction on site.” – McCloy + Muchemwa

NimTim Architects

“Our proposal is to ask a simple question to people in Croydon: ‘what kind of home and neighbourhood do you want to live in?. We will use playful, intuitive techniques to explore what kind of home they want to live in and how new homes could help them live healthier and happier lives.” – NimTim Architects



Samuel Lundberg presents the work of Hermansson Hiller Lundberg, the Stockholm-based practice he founded with Andreas Hermansson and Andreas Hiller in 2010. The talk will center on current and recent projects and the themes, conditions and interests that form the core of the practice.

Tuesday 25 August

1pm - 2pm The Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture with Ben Mclaughlin, Peter Nencini and Corinna Dean: Slacklands 2 via Zoom

The Archive for Rural Contemporary Architecture (ARCA) proposes a discussion on the process of creating Slacklands 2 in which a collaboration between the graphic designer Ben Mclaughlin, (BAM, who designed the re design of 20th Society Magazine, Christies etc.) the artist and educator, RCA, Peter Nencini, and Corinna Dean. Peter was asked to respond to the buildings and sites in Slacklands through his montages as chapter introductions. He has a particular interest in the material nature of sites. Arca seeks to create dialogue around left over landscapes, which have been labeled Drosscapses, Terrain Vague, slack, these aesthetics owes much to James Corner and Alex S. MacLean’s ground-breaking book Taking Measures across the American Landscape (1996), which combined photographs, diagrams and text to chart the intersection of natural and man-made ecologies. ARCA attempts to raise awareness of the landscapes which the buildings sit in how they will be programmed in response to creative approaches to the Anthropocene thereby looking at their use as a responsible reading in the longer term processes of these sites. 

5.30pm - 6.30pm RAAMWERK: Empathic Architecture via Zoom

RAAMWERK is a design collective led by Gijs De Cock and Freek Dendooven, creating an empathic architecture characterized by critical social, programmatic and economic research. The practice strives to achieve a certain generosity within the architectural process - the act of building - finally resulting in spaces that can be claimed by its users.

7pm - 8pm Emmanuel Pratt: Sweet Water Foundation via Zoom

Emmanuel Pratt is an urban designer creating a model of resident-driven community development in neighbourhoods that have suffered the effects of long-term disinvestment. Pratt is co-founder and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation (SWF), a nonprofit organisation based on Chicago’s South Side that engages local residents in the cultivation and regeneration of social, environmental, and economic resources in their neighbourhoods.

Wednesday 26 August

1pm - 2pm Museum of Slavery and Freedom (MoSaf) & Ash Sakula: Animating the Brief via Zoom

Ash Sakula share their ten years of experimental animation and recent work with the Museum of Slavery and Freedom in Deptford, a group looking to capture the stories of London’s past. Warda Farah (MoSaf), Cany Ash and Lydia Stott (Ash Sakula) and Julie Oti (member of BFA) discuss how animation allows more voices to be part of developing the brief and inventing the future of a place.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Eric Parry: On Certain Possibilities via Zoom

On Certain Possibilities will trace an interest in the social life of things through the evolution of a number of objects created in the process of designing buildings – a bench, an altar, a handle, a carpet, a digitised screen for instance. Like the short story in literature they have an ability to be autonomous and complete in themselves but can be part of a more complex setting that involves dialogue with artists, poets, and others to deepen the narrative around projects.

Thursday 27 August

5:30pm - 6:30pm Doreen Gehry Nelson & Neil Pinder via Zoom

Doreen Gehry Nelson began developing her Design-Based Learning methodology in the late 1960s, originally working in collaboration with her brother, the architect Frank Gehry.  The 1972 documentary 'Kid City' captures their early attempts to transform the teaching culture of a fifth-grade class of students in a deprived area of Los Angeles, by focussing every aspect of the curriculum around the task of designing and managing a fictitious city.  Fifty years later, Nelson continues to develop and promote the Design-Based Learning methodology through the newly established Center for City Building Education. The session will include a contribution from Neil Pinder who has pioneered the teaching of architecture in schools in the UK.

7pm - 8pm Jan De Vylder and Inge Vinck: On Boredom via Zoom

Jan De Vylder and Inge Vinck are cofounders of architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (2010), and most recently, of architecten jan de vylder inge vinck (AJDVIV). Jan and Inge will discuss their recent book 'Verveling' which means 'boredom', and how this fits in the strange situation we all are discovering/living in. 

Bedtime Stories is a series of nightly readings from texts chosen to inspire our attempts at imagining after the health crisis. Curated by Alicia Pivaro, the programme draws on a pool of rotating readers. Every weekday night, 9pm - 9:30pm, on the Architecture Foundation Instagram Live.

Monday 24 August: Blanche Cameron

Blanche Cameron has taught Environmental Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture since 2013 and is a visiting lecturer on other UCL programmes. Blanche co-ordinated the Bartlett School of Architecture’s response, declaring a climate and ecological emergency.

Tuesday 25 August: Tatjana Schneider 

Tatjana Schneider is a professor for architectural theory at TU Braunschweig. There, she heads the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and the City (GTAS) and the Collection of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SAIB). She researches, discusses, writes about, and resists violent — exploitative, speculative and exclusionary — productions of architecture, city, and space. 

Wednesday 26 August: Rowan Moore 

Rowan Moore is Architecture Critic of The Observer. He was formerly Director of the Architecture Foundation, Architecture Critic of the Evening Standard and Editor of Blueprint magazine. His books include Slow Burn City, which explores the unprecedented transformations of London in the 21st century, and Why We Build. He reads 'London The Unique City' by Steen Eiler Rasmussen.

Thursday 27 August: Beatrice Galilee

Beatrice Galilee is a curator, critic and cultural consultant specializing in the field of contemporary architecture and design. She is the founder and executive director of The World Around, a New York-based conference and platform for cultural discourse whose critically acclaimed first event took place in January 2020.

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