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.



Friday 31 July

5:30pm - 6:30pm Dirk van den Heuvel: The Open Society Then and Now - Paradoxes of Welfare State Architecture  via Zoom

Dirk van den Heuvel will revisit the interrelationships between welfare state planning, housing and architecture. The Team 10 discourse serves as a starting-point for a critical consideration of the many contradictions at stake, both the emancipatory potential and the pitfalls. In particular the work of Jaap Bakema and Alison and Peter Smithson will help in probing the issues of diversity and inclusion, egalitarianism and universalism in architecture. Renowned cases include Bakema’s plans for St.Louis, and the Hauptstadt Berlin competition of 1958-59, thus touching on the issues of racial segregation and Cold War propaganda. The idea is that a reassessment of the aspirations of the period will help to overcome the neo-liberal predicament of today, a condition that destines architecture to exacerbate social injustice and inequalities.  Dirk van den Heuvel is an architect and associate professor at TU Delft. He heads the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. He authored various books among others ‘Habitat: Ecology Thinking in Architecture’  (2020), ‘Jaap Bakema and the Open Society’ (2018), and together with Max Risselada ’Team 10 In Search of a Utopia of the Present" (2005). Together with Penelope Curtis he curated the exhibition 'Art on Display 1949-69' for the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, which will reopen in Rotterdam, October 3. He was a Richard Rogers Fellow for Harvard GSD (2017), and was the curator of the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale of 2014.

7pm - 8pm Sofia Delbono on Anne Tyng via Zoom

Sofia Delbono, a recent graduate of London Metropolitan University's School of Art, Architecture and Design shares her research into the life and career of Anne Tyng, an architect and geometer who played a key role in the architecture produced by the office of Louis I Kahn in Philadelphia, over the course of 29 years.

The Eighteenth Week

Monday 3 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 4 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 5 August

5:30pm - 6:30pm Alison Killing: 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 6 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 7 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.

Friday 30th July: Jake Sherwood studied Fine Art at Northumbria then Architecture (Part 1) at Central Saint Martins, his practice focuses on motives of truth, story, home and community. He currently divides his time between an independent art practice and work with Greenwich Citizens Housing Community Land Trust, and runs Portraiture Club. He reads from 'All About Love: New Visions Chapter Eight: Community: Loving Communion'  by bell hooks

Monday 3rd 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 4th August: Alisha Morenike Fisher is a design practitioner and co-founder of the design and research practice, MIGRANT’S BUREAU.

Wednesday 5th August: 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 6th August: 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 read from a series of vignettes [unpublished] by Thomas Aquilina. These short texts describe different rhythms of city life in Kampala and are part of the author’s research project Loose-Fit Infrastructures.

Friday 7th August: 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