Transition by Design

Transition by Design

Transition by Design
T/D is a cross-disciplinary design collective operating at the junction of architecture, strategic design and social change practice. Their work focuses on the transition to an equitable and convivial low-carbon society. They work collaboratively with multiple partners, and it is through this process that they believe the most relevant and creative responses are produced.

Since its inception in 2011, T/D has been working with groups fighting for housing justice, both locally and nationally. As such, T/D has become strategically situated amongst communities and organisations working in this field. In Oxford, it's members have been active in establishing the Oxford Tenants Union, a coalition of community groups under the banner ‘Homes for Oxford’ and 'Oxford Fairer Housing Network', and Open House. Nationally, T/D supports the Radical Housing Network, UK renters’ groups, Community Land Trusts and Community-led housing Alliance.

We're delighted to be joined by Nadhira Halim and Andy Edwards to share their innovative work, including developing concepts of 'stage zero design' - their own approach which connects ecological design with value-led design, systems design thinking and strategic design theory. 

You can find out more about T/D on their website: transitionbydesign.org

Typesun

Typesun

Drummer, producer, house music firebrand, and all round dance wunderkind

Paul Allen

Paul Allen

As project co-ordinator at CAT, Paul has made presentations to diverse audiences on the technical findings of our Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) research.

Reclaiming PV

Reclaiming PV

Hands-on session where you'll get to break down (literally) how solar photovoltaic panels work

Yoga

Yoga

Find balance in body and mind with yoga teacher Anita Linskil

Ruth Potts

Ruth Potts

Ruth Potts is a Senior Lecturer in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College. She is a co-founder of bread, print & roses, a collective engaged in seditious pamphleteering, radical walking, anarchist baking and transformative education and is a co-editor at Red Pepper magazine. Ruth initiated (with Gareth Evans) and was Artistic Advisor to Utopia 2016 a year of events, exhibitions and activity exploring the importance of utopia at Somerset House, London. She has designed and delivered publications, events and conferences for a range of organisations including Tipping Point and Caroline Lucas MP, and at the Southbank Centre and the ICA. Ruth is co-author of The New Materialism, covered by the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. She was Campaign Organiser for the Great Transition at nef (the new economics foundation) where she co-developed a new model of campaign designed to kick-start the decade -long transition to a new economy and society. She is a trustee of the Pioneer Health Foundation, the pioneering holistic model of health that influenced the World Health Organisation. She brought together and co-hosts eco-feminist collective: the Hoydens, co-created and curated a series of events about the joy and intelligence of craft at the School of Life: Practitioner’s Parlour, and more recently helped to devise a series of poetry events celebrating unusual spaces and liminal places: ‘Somewhere in Particular.’

Caitlin Shepherd

Caitlin Shepherd

Caitlin is the artist behind recent installations Discord (2016) and Home (2017).

Louise Halestrap (CAT GSE)

Louise Halestrap (CAT GSE)

Louise is a Senior Lecturer on CAT's MSc in Sustainability & Adaptation, and will be joining us to run our practical workshop on building with rammed earth, and will also convene our Global Housing Justice panel.

Louise spent her early career studying almost everything decomposing, from dead fish and abattoir waste, antibiotics produced in eggs, headache pills, nappies, TNT and pesticides in the soil, sewage, household waste...

She has worked in University, Private and Charity sectors on large scale composting and Organics Research and Development. During her first stint at CAT she lead the consultancy services on the composting and sanitation research programmes including: live testing of home composting as a waste minimisation strategy; social factors involving householder participation in composting, ran specialist courses on Composting and Sewage Solutions and lectured to a wide range of students.

Since returning to CAT and GSE in 2008, Louise has focussed on adaptation and practical building with sustainable materials and eco retrofit, also building with nature connection in mind. She also has special interest in Distance and Blended Learning provision, as well as providing maximum inclusion for all students.

Granby 4 Streets & ASSEMBLE

Granby 4 Streets & ASSEMBLE

Granby 4 Streets is a Community Land Trust based in Liverpool. It was established in 2012 with the aim of putting residents in control of their community, rather than having demolitions, neglect and unhelpful regeneration imposed upon them from outside and follow 20 years of campaigning by Granby Residents Association. The Community Land Trust now works in collaboration with Design and Architecture collective, Assemble. Together, they have redesigned and renovated empty homes in the community - preventing them from being demolished. They have also secured a number of shops and set up Granby Workshop, which makes interior products using experimental manufacturing processes, some of which make use of construction waste from the demolitions. 

In 2015 Assemble and Granby 4 Streets hit national news when they won the Turner prize. It was the first time a collective had won the prestigious prize, and the first time it had been won by an architectural project. 

We will be joined at Small Is Beautiful 2017 by Hazel Tilley (Granby 4 Streets) and Fran Edgerley (Assemble) to discuss their groundbreaking collaboration.

House of the Commons

House of the Commons

House of the Commons is a platform for events exploring creative solutions to the housing crisis. In October 2014 and 2016, architecture and design collective, Transition by Design, working in collaboration with citizens, activists and housing professionals hosted two major events concerned with the UK housing crisis, specifically focusing on Oxford, but with a UK outlook. The event hosted a diverse and engaging line-up of speakers, workshops, skillshares and performances examining the current context – the drivers of the crisis, and we heard from groups and individuals pioneering creative alternatives to these problems.

House of the Commons is designed to be participatory with a focus on self-organisation for practical action and is open to all people wanting to find out more about our current housing situation and where we could go next.

This great article the House of the Commons team wrote for Red Pepper gives you a flavour of how their events bring together creative solutions to the housing crisis.

Bilal Zafar

Bilal Zafar

Comedian nominated for Best Newcomer for his debut show at the Edinburgh fringe 2016

Fran Edgerley and Hazel Tilley

Fran Edgerley and Hazel Tilley

Fran Edgerley from Assemble and Hazel Tilley from Granby 4 Streets CLT on their Turner-prize winning collaboration