Architecture Fringe 2021

Uncomfortable Conversions

07 June

Edinburgh & The Lothians Workshop

Event Summary

Attempting to design housing that resists conversion, then trying to convert it.

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6pm BST


07 June


Augustine United Church 41 George IV Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1EL
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Keetah Konstant and Esmond Sage


Uncomfortable Conversions

Keetah Konstant and Esmond Sage

Architectural orthodoxy is that one measure of a good space is its adaptability. The more receptive it is to conversion, subdivision, extension, the better. In this workshop, we explore if this is always the case under private landlordism. We question office conversions into flats with one window, or houses subdivided into ever smaller 1-bedroom units.

Can we design ‘anti-conversion’ spaces that protect more lasting values than future profits? Do we want to? We will design concepts together then test them against the urge to make every inch of floorspace count.

No artistic experience or skill necessary. All materials provided.

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