Hello and welcome! Here is a brief summary of what we've been up to and upcoming projects. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, a number of projects have been delayed, however we have been exploring how we might initiate new projects that creatively support communities in light of both the pandemic and the climate emergency.
Studio Polpo are signatories and supporters of the Architects Climate Action Network, Architects Declare and the Architects' Journal's Retrofit First initiatives and we hope to add our voices to these campaigns for meaningful change.
Our space in the British Pavillion at the next Venice Biennale will now be opened in 2021. Curated by Unscene Architecture, the pavillion as a whole is themed around the privatisation of public space, and we have examined issues around the high street as part of this. We've now been further developing audio work initially produced for the Biennale together with Alex de Little.
Our Aquaponics Microfarm structure for the University of Sheffield has now received planning permission.This uses connected systems of fish and soil-free plant growing to address issues of urban food supply. In a similar vein, we've inititated a project at Abbeydale Picture House to design a modular street furniture unit that uses algal bioreactors and green walls to explore how these can reduce air-borne pollutants and are awaiting funding.
We continue our exciting project around play structures with The Hepworth in Wakefield, and hope to be able to produce and install the playful infrastructure in the fantastic gardens later in the year. Our collaboration with artist Tereza Buskova about migrant mothers will now be launched at Chats Palace in Homerton in the autumn as part of this year's London Festival of Architecture.
2020 sees us working with East St Arts and Leeds Community Homes on a Power to Change funded research on artist-led housing, a carbon-positive theatre project in Sheffield with cycle-powered thespians The Handlebards, a community structure in Birmingham, and a return to Portland Works