Ways of Listening was an exhibition presented by Assemble at the British School at Rome as part of Brave New World: New Visions in Architecture. The exhibition was centred around three UK-based projects developed or founded by Assemble with which we continue to have an active involvement: Granby Four Streets, OTOProjects and Baltic Street Adventure Playground.
The projects were presented through the voices of collaborators, residents and volunteers, illustrating different approaches to work that have developed through incremental collaborative processes.
Ways of Listening provided an opportunity for us to reflect on the experience and the reality of long-term collaborative work from the point of view of the projects’ users. All works represent Assemble’s approach to practice – hands-on and interdisciplinary, employing a range of means to make spaces that support independence, creativity and difference.
Selected exhibition resources
Play Developing Place/Play Developing Practice – essay from Lee Ivett, Chair of the Baltic Street Adventure Playground Board
Fabric, Light Pull & August 2018 – poems by Paula Frew, Granby resident and member of the team at Granby Workshop
The Alternatives: how a Liverpool suburb upended its housing market – The Guardian podcast with Aditya Chakrabortty and Hazel Tilley, chair of the Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust
Project Space – MP3 from the album Geäder, recorded by Ute Kanngiesser in the OTOProjects space
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Takiyah Daly, Paula Frew, Jacqueline Kerr, Sumuyya Khader, Vicki Opomu, Michelle Peterkin-Walker, Hazel Tilley, Granby Workshop, The Guardian, The children of Baltic Street Adventure Playground, Alistair McCall, Will Cooper, Lauren Gault, Laura Harrison, Lee Ivett, Robert Kennedy, Alan Kennedy, Daniel Blumberg, Ute Kanngiesser, Ross Lambert, Lia Mazzari, Cressida Kocienski, Onyee Lo, Leah Millar, Tom Wheatley, Billy Steiger, Seymour Wright, Marina Engel and The British School at Rome.