Rising from the Water: Designing in a Climate Emergency

01 June - 30 June

12:00 -16:00

How can architecture respond to rising water levels?

Against the backdrop of rising flood risk in East London, we take a fresh look at what it means to build in wet and flooded areas.

This month, Create London is conducting a 7-day workshop, led by research practice Material Cultures, alongside acclaimed Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, recipient of the 2023 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Back in 2011, Lari created a bamboo structure on raised stilts - the Darya Khan Village Women's Centre - to avoid flooding in Pakistan. This groundbreaking project forms the starting point for our workshops, which explore the potential of making buildings from plants that grow in wet and flooded areas.

The workshop will involve the design and build of an experimental flood structure, which can be visited throughout June as part of the London Festival of Architecture. Embodying Lari's approach to building and living with nature, the structure will use natural materials such as willow and reeds, which can be found at the water's edge in nearby Barking Riverside. Presented at A House for Artists, the project will be used to spark conversations about climate change, our industrial heritage and the rising risk of flooding in East London.

This project forms part of our Breaking Waves programme, coinciding with the anniversary of the Great Flood of 1953. The devastating aftermath saw the construction of several flood defences, including Barking Creek Flood Barrier. Now, to coincide with the anniversary of the Great Flood, we explore what it means to build during a climate emergency. Breaking Waves was commissioned by Create London and made possible with the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The architecture commission is supported by the British Council.

Opening times: Thursday-Saturday, 12-4pm

Image: Yasmeen Lari at Darya Khan Village Women's Centre

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36 Linton Rd,
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