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 Eighteenth Week

Monday 03 August 

5:30pm - 6:30pm Rev Ayla Lepine and guest, Prof. Victoria Young: 'It's the People, Not the Building? Church Architecture's Lessons from Lockdown' via Zoom 

From late March and across the weeks and months that would follow, an intensive debate grew about the place of sacred architecture in worship, the location of worship if it couldn't be in church, and the meaning of holy ground and rituals for people of faith. In response to the question 'What is the Church?' Countless people insisted 'It's the people, not the building.' This talk will explore why sacred spaces are needed more than ever, and what we've learned about religious architecture's unique significance while locked out during the lockdown. 

7pm - 8pm Hans van der Heijden: The architecture and urban design of Rotterdam before and during WW2 via Zoom

Hans van der Heijden will talk about his longstanding fascination for brick buildings in Rotterdam which were built from the 1930 – 1950ies. The reciprocity between their tectonic features and the urban space they shape is particularly noteworthy.

Tuesday 04 August

5:30pm - 6:30pm APPARATA and Ciaran Malik: Lifespan via Zoom

Lifespan is a live stream about looking critically at how buildings are (supposedly) designed with a specific lifespan, and how this relates to energy transition and fundamental conceptions of architecture, hosted by APPARATA and Ciaran Malik, with guests. Part of APPARATA's Making the World series, aimed at creating conversations between architects, engineers, historians, and policymakers on how the built environment is made. The discussion will be broadcast for the Architecture Foundation and recorded and edited with other content for a podcast hosted by Register, KSA Architecture school.

7pm - 8pm Mathias Clottu (Studio Mathias Clottu), Sarah Handelman, Rosa Nussbaum (Studio Christopher Victor) and Adrien Vasquez (John Morgan studio, ABYME): Book Club via Zoom

What does a conversation about architecture sound like with no architects in the room? Three book designers and one editor discuss making books about architecture and the architecture of books. With Mathias Clottu (Studio Mathias Clottu), Sarah Handelman, Rosa Nussbaum (Studio Christopher Victor) and Adrien Vasquez (John Morgan studio, ABYME). 

Wednesday 05 August

5:30pm - 6:30pm Alison Killing and Megha Rajagopalan: Investigating Xinjiang’s network of mass internment camps via Zoom

A hands-on exploration of the network of internment camps and prisons built across Xinjiang, China as part of the Chinese government’s campaign against Muslim minorities in the region. Surveillance and heavy restrictions on journalists’ movement have made it difficult to research this issue – we’ll look at the techniques that our team used to find the camp network regardless. We’ll use Google Earth to analyse a small number if camps, developing skills in satellite imagery analysis and looking at the specific architectural and urban characteristics of the camps. Format: introduction to Xinjiang and the research to find the camp network, followed by a guided workshop session to analyse a series of internment camps. Participants will need to have Google Earth Pro desktop in advance (https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/earth/versions/#earth-pro). The software is free.

7pm - 8pm Southern Ecosystems: Tomà Berlanda, Nerea Amorós Elorduy, Khensani de Klerk, Tao Klitzner, Scott Lloyd, Maxwell Mutanda and Sunniva Viking via Zoom

The dialogue will dissect the 8 months-long process developed by the Hunguta team formed by Tomà Berlanda, Nerea Amorós Elorduy, Khensani de Klerk, Tao Klitzner, Scott Lloyd, Maxwell Mutanda and Sunniva Viking. The conversation focusses on the process of conceiving an installation for the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, and co-producing the research to support it.

Thursday 06 August

1pm - 2pm Yasmeen Lari- Zero Carbon Architecture via Zoom

Yasmeen Lari, Fukuoka and Jane Drew Prize Laureate, is best known as the founder of Barefoot Social Architecture (BASA), devised for attaining social and ecological justice through participatory co-design enterprises.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Nicolás Campodonico - via Zoom

The Argentinian architect Nicolás Campodonico established his practice in Rosario, Santa Fe in 2000. He has built extensively in Argentina and Uraguay.  The San Bernardo Chapel (2015) in La Playosa was the winner of the 2018 Winerberger Brick award.

7pm - 8pm Superposition with guest editors Fredi Fischli + Niels Olson via Zoom

Superposition is a new periodical, investigating the human side of architecture. It reflects on the different historical layers within architecture - past, present and future. It brings together a wide range of contributors to create a space for an inclusive discourse around architecture - or what Kant might refer to as the Weltbürger.

Friday 07 August

5:30pm - 6:30pm Katherine Clarke and Liza Fior of MUF Architecture/ Art in conversation with Shahed Saleem via Zoom

Altab Ali Park in Whitechapel was renamed in memory of a Bangladeshi textile worker killed in a racist attack in 1978. Historically it was the site of the Church of St Mary Matfelon, first built of white chalk rubble (so giving Whitechapel its name) in the C13th, with subsequent rebuildings up to the 1870s. With Whitechapel being a crucible of migration through the centuries, this is a public space with overlapping and complex meanings. In 2011 MUF Architecture/ Art renovated the park and sought to create a public space that resonates with the multiple social and historical narratives of the locality. In this session MUF will discuss the background to the project and their ideas about the role of public space and social memory.

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 03 August: UVW-SAW (Jake Arnfield) 

United Voices of the World – Section of Architectural Workers (UVW-SAW), is a newly-formed grassroots trade union for architectural workers in the U.K. We collectively take action and fight against the negative impacts of architectural work on workers, communities, and the environment. Jake reads from 'Working for What?' by New Architecture Movement. 'Working for What?' is a report published in 1977 by the radical architectural group: New Architecture Movement (NAM). The report, written at the time of an economic crisis, calls for workers to collectively organise to both fight back against exploitation in the workplace, and to reimagine the role of the architect in wider society.

Tuesday 04 August: Alisha Morenike Fisher

Alisha Morenike Fisher is a design practitioner, co-founder of the design and research practice, MIGRANT’S BUREAU and co-founder of Black Females in Architecture, a support network for black women in the built environment.

Wednesday 05 August: Nana Biamah-Ofosu

Nana Biamah-Ofosu is an architectural assistant, researcher and writer currently working in London. She combines practice with teaching an undergraduate design studio at the Department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston School of Art. She is also part of the second cohort of New Architecture Writers. Nana has a keen interest in the relationship between housing, landscape and urbanism. She is also drawn to the complexities of the modern African city and the relationship between the individual artefact and its connections to the collective fabric and structure of the city. She is particularly interested in the colonial legacies embodied in the architecture of cities. She reads from Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners.

Thursday 06 August: Thomas Aquilina 

Thomas Aquilina is a London-based designer invested in building communities of radical thought and progressive practice. He currently works for Adjaye Associates, tutors for the New Architecture Writers (N.A.W.) programme and is a founding member of Afterparti, a collective focussed on race and space. He reads a selection of his vignettes [unpublished], each describing different rhythms of city life in Kampala.

Friday 07 August: Richard Wentworth

Richard Wentworth is a British artist, curator, and teacher. A major player in the movement of New British Sculpture towards the end of the 1970s, Richard Wentworth transforms found and industrial objects, redefining their presence within sculpture and everyday life. He reads François Truffaut’s letters.

Submit a Proposal

Our only stipulations are that each contribution:
- is broadcast live
- is delivered for free
- lasts no longer than an hour
- accommodates interaction with the audience