Connected Streets

Sketchbook for Future Cities Catapult project, Connected Streets: How our cities will feel and perform when spaces, objects, buildings, infrastructure and people are connected.

Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult This films are made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, and explores themes of innovation in the provision of housing. Topics include: Crisis, Fabrication, Timber homes & Emerging models. Wikihouse links the so-called third industrial revolution to Britain’s housing crisis and the film explores associated themes of localised production, carbon efficient building, localism, land markets, new business models and material innovation. If we can enable citizens to design and build what’s preventing…

Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, and connects the so-called third industrial revolution to Britain’s housing crisis. “Why is it that one of the wealthiest countries in the world has built the smallest houses in Europe?” - Alastair Parvin, WikiHouse, Architecture 00 Exploring The Future of Housing - Pt.1 from Future Cities Catapult on Vimeo. Watch the next video in the series on fabrication…

(Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult.) This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, it explores the WikiHouse project and how distributed design and build might change how we provide homes in the future. As production becomes increasingly localised and precise through automated fabrication how could this change the way we build homes? Exploring The Future of Housing - Pt.2 from Future Cities Catapult on Vimeo. Watch the next video in the series on Timber Homes…

(Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult.) This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, it explores the self-build of a cross-laminated timber home in Bermondsey, London. "So in a way a lot of the work is done on the drawing board or on the computer screen in terms of sorting out the relationship between the different pieces. Then it turns up like a giant lego kit” - Martin Williams, Hampson Williams Architects Exploring The Future of Housing -…

(Connected Homes is a collaborative research project between Wikihouse, Arup, The Building Centre and Future Cities Catapult.) This film is made to accompany the construction and exhibition of Wikihouse 4.0 for the London Design Festival, here we explore some of the emergent models around community, self-build, and custom-build. “So as part of the planning permission we create what we call plot design codes. So for each plot there are a small number of rules you have to comply with. So there’s a consistency between the different homes. But people always bring something of themselves to the homes.” -…

As part of our research to support BERG's Pixel Track prototype, the Catapult explored the question of connected displays via discussion, interviewing those who procure, design or curate displays and public signs. Finn Williams, of the Greater London Authority, is responsible for urban regeneration projects across London. He discusses the Mayor of London's strategies to de-clutter the high street, whilst reinforcing local culture through signage. Corinna Gardner of the Victoria & Albert Museum is part of a new team curating this emerging product category. She also describes the museum's need for a more dynamic form of display. Jon Hunter is…

Future Cities Catapult is interested in how our cities will feel and perform when spaces, objects, buildings, infrastructure and people are connected. As part of a design research agenda exploring how the street may change, we collaborated with BERG, a UK-based technology company, to explore the idea of connected displays. While we conducted a series of research interviews, BERG explored the question via making, creating a prototype of a connected display called Pixel Track: With Pixel Track, Berg explore the idea of connected displays through prototyping, creating a display appropriate to a specific kind of emerging networked use. The display…