Community Participation in City-Making – free public lecture

A free public lecture with Joan Raun Nielsen & Sofie Willems of Spektrum Architects (Denmark)

6.00 – 7.30 pm Monday 16 April
DL – D Block Lecture Theatre, Ara Institute of Canterbury, 60 Madras St

There is a lot of interest in Christchurch in how communities can be more and better involved in helping revive and remake public spaces, buildings and parks. So how can we facilitate community participation in public space and architecture projects?

In this free and public lecture, Joan Raun Nielsen and Sofie Willems, award-winning architects from Spektrum Architects (Denmark), present their approach to co-creation and participatory practice, and share some of their superb projects with us.

They have worked with a broad range of people, including communities with very limited budgets, and have achieved stunning results through the use of community consultation. Regardless of land ownership or who the client is – be it public, community or private or a mixture – their practice is applicable to a wide range of situations and to a variety of people

Joan Raun Nielsen and Sofie Willems – Spektrum Architects

Spektrum Architects works with building architecture, landscape, urban planning and public participation in the pursuit of design that takes into consideration a specific site’s qualities and social dynamics. Working within the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, the office insists on an architectural approach where the inside and outside environments are inextricably linked.

Joan Raun Nielsen and Sofie Willems were awarded with the prestigious Nykredit Sustainability Prize 2016 for ‘placing sustainability centrally in their architecture through inclusion, social awareness and commitment’. The work of Spektrum Architects is a testament to how architects with few resources and dedication can create projects with deep roots. Their work stands out with processes of strong social anchoring, where climate, landscape and people are engaged in an active learning process for the whole community. Spektrum Architect’s site-specific work manages to combine resource-conscious and social responsibility with local responsibility, architectural poetry and sensibility.’

This lecture is presented by Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making. It has been made possible with the support of Boffa Miskell, the Canterbury branch of the NZIA, Firth and Mark Herring Lighting. We also wish to acknowledge our accommodation partner, BreakFree on Cashel and to thank Ara for the venue.

Nielsen and Willems will also be speaking at the 2018 NZILA Firth Conference taking place in Auckland.