Urbanista.org in association with Recode Gallery presents:Future Fitting
Urbanista.org in association with Recode Gallery presents:Future Fitting

Urbanista.org in association with Recode Gallery presents:Future Fitting

Thurs 4 July

Urbanista.org in association with Recode Gallery presents:

Future Fitting

Interrogating urban models based on new metropolitan values, addressing local deficiencies in areas of publicly accessible open space, and improving connectivity – these are some of the myriad everyday tasks urban designers undertake. Committed to supporting the urban dweller who wishes to navigate more easily, to feel that their neighbourhood doesn’t have a fragmented identity but brings pleasure, project teams need to implement a clear and shared perspective, find a balance between the impulse to reinforce coherence and the scope to recognize singularities. If they cannot, the response to local needs and future evolutions is lacking. Rather than the much used term ‘retrofitting’, is the activity urban designers are undertaking may more appropriately be called ‘future fitting’? For our July event, we invited Alessandra Cianchetta, co-founder of AWP, Paris, Melanie Dodd, Programme Director, Central St Martins College of Art and Design and founder of mufAus, and Andy Groarke, co-founder of Carmody Groarke, to present their strategies – whatever we call them – towards defining this balancing act, and multi-faceted impulse to evolve.

Thursday 4 July 2013

6.30pm for 7pm start

Lime Wharf, Vyner Street, London E2 9DJ

Rsvp to attend.




Talks by invited speakers (details below)

Recode Gallery is part of LimeWharf, a new, Hackney-based futures gallery and artistic laboratory founded and curated by creative radical Thomas Ugo Ermacora on Regent’s Canal in the heart of East London’s creative quarter on Vyner Street. LimeWharf will open the canalside Annex gallery with works by sculptor Mattia Bosco, muse Nathalie White and photographer Robert Leslie  who together are initiating a curatorial investigation of the themes of ambivalence, hybridity and imperial decay. The Wharf kitchen canteen with healthy dishes for makers will soft launch on 4 July. Come also and play Animal Carnival and more. For details of the LimeWharf programme: http://limewharf.org/


Alessandra Cianchetta is a founding partner of AWP office for territorial reconfiguration, Paris, one of the new leading practices in France, and AWP-HHF, Basel. Her award-winning work ranges from large-scale urban design to temporary installations. Current projects include the public space and follies project for the Jardins de l’Arche below the Grande Arche de la Défense, a series of cultural and leisure buildings and follies set in a park in Poissy, France, and the masterplan and construction of housing and mixed-use sector in Lausanne. AWP won the French Ministry of Culture Prize for Best Young Architect. Cianchetta teaches design studios and theory seminars at Columbia University and at Cornell University.  

Melanie Dodd is Programme Director for Spatial Practices, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, and recently Associate Professor and Programme Director in Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne, where she founded mufAus, a collaborative practice of art and architecture committed to public realm projects. Her design practice and research focuses on the relationships between social infrastructures and constructed urban environments; between the lived and the built. She trained in architecture at University of Cambridge and took a practice-based PhD at RMIT.

Andy Groarke is co-founder with Kevin Carmody of Carmody Groarke, an architecture and urban design practice established in London in 2006. He was educated at University of Sheffield, and has taught at the RCA’s Department of Architecture. Realised projects include the 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park, Studio East, Frieze Art Fair 2012, the Filling Station, London, and many exhibition designs. Forthcoming are a new gallery for the RIBA Collection, a new headquarters for the Contemporary Arts Society in London, the Steamboat Museum and Lake Windermere.

Lucy Bullivant


Founder and Editor, Urbanista.org. Author, critic, curator of exhibitions and confererences internationally, guest lecturer and consultant. Adjunct Professor, history and theory of urban design, Syracuse University in London. Advisor to Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement, Paris and FRAC, Orléans. Author of Masterplanning Futures (Routledge), New Arcadians (Merrell) and Anglo Files (Thames & Hudson). Honorary Fellow of RIBA.


Thomas Ugo Ermacora,

Clear Village/LimeWharf

Urbanist and founder, Clear Village, creative regeneration specialists responsible for many participatory placemaking projects, and creator of LimeWharf futures gallery and artistic laboratory. Current and recent collaborations with World Design Capital, Helsinki; Design Council, UK; Big Lottery Local Food Programme. RSA Fellow.



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