Sustainable Future – Matthew Barnett Howland: The Corkhouse

  • Interview Corkhouse
1 Std. 25:15 Min.
Versatile Space (s) – Bazon Brock
32:17 Min.
Versatile Space (s) – Materialnomaden
1 Std. 08:29 Min.
Versatile Space (s) – Werner Sobek
31:59 Min.
Sustainable Future – Johannes Zeininger: Alternative Energiesysteme
30:33 Min.
Sustainable Future – Emanuele Naboni
33:06 Min.
Sustainable Future – Sabina Riss: Feminist Urbanism
30:46 Min.
Sustainable Future – Der Verein „LIVING FOR FUTURE“
30:42 Min.
Sustainable Future – Oliver von Malm: Informelle Siedlungen und Twistblock
29:42 Min.
Future Living – Christina Schraml und Martin Färber: Social Design

Welcome to our episode of Spaceuriosity. As part of the module Emerging Fields in Architecture, we wanted to know more about the results of the Corkhouse in Berkshire, England. Therefore, we chose architect Matthew Barnett Howland, who designed the prize-winning Corkhouse in cooperation with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, as our interview partner. It was designed in response to the architecture industry’s impact on biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on single-use materials and is an attempt to make solid walls and the roof from a single bio-renewable material. Howland works in architectural practice and research and on broader experience in self-building, property development, set design, and architectural education – always in collaboration with others.

We broadcast a recording of the interview with Matthew Barnett Howland. The conversation took place in the frame of the course Emerging Fields in Architecture, TU Vienna (WS 2022/23). Students were investigating the ‚essentials‘ in relation to current and future issues relating to our environment, sustainability and humanity. For this series, they asked researchers, creative people and experts from different disciplines and research fields about the following questions: What kind of future do we want to create? Which role(s) does architecture have in which context? What can / must architecture offer? What can we learn from other disciplines for contemporary architecture? What visions are there and where do they lead? And what can / must be learned from the past for future projects?

Ognjen Ogrcic and Vanessa Jäger conducted the interview and produced this broadcast as part of the course Emerging Fields in Architecture at the Vienna University of Technology.

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Broadcast series focus 2023: Sustainable Future

Architects play a crucial role in shaping our future. Through their concepts and designs, they initiate spatial, social, and technological innovations that can have far-reaching impacts on our coexistence. How we will live in the future is a complex question that engages researchers, creatives, and experts from various disciplines. As part of the „Emerging Fields in Architecture“ module at TU Wien, numerous experts were interviewed on this topic during the winter semester of 2022/2023. Concrete as well as far-reaching proposals were discussed, and multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strategies were developed to address current and future design challenges in the context of social change. Architecture has a crucial role to play in addressing global challenges such as climate change and demographic change. Therefore, it is essential that architects have a broad understanding of sustainability, technology, and social issues and incorporate them into their designs. By pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, architects can contribute to shaping a sustainable and future-proof world in which we can all live.

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