muf architecture/art


72-74 Mare Street, London E8 4RT

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studio@muf.co.uk

Diary

June

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Perfume, an exhibition opened at Somerset House. Designed by muf,led by the brilliant Marie Price (her parting shot after 2 years at muf) and Julia (graphic design ++).

May

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Now the fieldwork is complete, Liza Fior, muf,  marks the end of the 12 months embedded residency exploring  V&A, East .  This was a  residency with a shifting status from governess to eavesdropper to finally  understanding the local  dialect and the importance of an object for any exchange. Fieldwork concluded,  muf  proposed  a new object for acquisition. To be shared later this year.

April

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RIBA Social Housing Exhibition

Two muf housing public realm projects, Tower Court designed with Adam Kahn Architects and King’s Crescent Estate with Karakusevic Carson Architects, are part of the exhibition and associated publication.

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“What is it good for?” Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

muf helped to develop an “Index of Value” for the garden in association with J&L Gibbons and Marie and Brian at the Eastern Curve Garden

March

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Tate Lates: “What I see. What I know.” When the Turbine Hall was first designed it was called a street. muf architecture/art turned the Boiler House into a mini observatory of the Turbine Hall for a night.

February

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January

a response to an invitation from Disegno Daily

December

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Art Commission, Trumpington, photograph by Roger Northfield who came across it and sent us this picture.

“The idea of the mosaic is as if the ground has been cut away to reveal the layers of the past beneath from the prehistory of a shallow sea through the Saxon times to the Plant Breeding station and up to the present day, so motifs and artefacts from a range of historical periods are brought together as the objects that might be placed in the grave of a contemporary girl of the age the saxon body was assesed to be. The setting was an attempt to make something that is ‘discovered’ so each person who comes across it can have that sense of puzzling what it is – rather than everything being explained and so take away the idea that perhaps there is more mystery in the landscape to be found.” muf December 2016

October

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Wonderlab, the new immersive gallery at The Science Museum, launches. An interactive and immersive experience of scientific exploration. muf has designed the gallery and much of its contents in collaboration with the Science Museum, crafts people, artists, contractors, engineers, lighting designers, graphic designers, cost consultants and project managers, including: Siobhan Liddell, Felix de Pass, Luke Jones, Michael Grubb, Arnout Visser, Will Yates Johnson, Swedish design practice Front, graphic design practice Objectif, furniture makers Benchmark, interior designers Paragon, engineers Arup, Ramboll, Lendlease & Gardiner and Theobald.

Guardian review: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/09/wonderlab-science-museum-cabinet-gallery-vauxhall-pleasure-gardens-review

Disegno review: https://www.disegnodaily.com/article/designing-public-space

Wallpaper review: http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/the-wonderlab-opens-at-science-museum-in-london

September

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Barking Town Square: European Prize for Public Space 2008 and a Specsavers ad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVaIJEPOPmQ

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Bedlam the Asylum and Beyond opened at the Welcome Trust, designed by muf with Martin McGrat . Learn more from Mike Jay one of the curators: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/19/bedlam-can-be-a-place-of-sanctuary-again

July

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June

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Open School East, New Producers exhibition 29.06.16; furniture from locally procured carpet tubes made during day long muf workshop. New Producers is a two-week long Bronze Arts Award programme set up for 16 to 18 year old students to learn a range of practical and professional skills around the production of cultural activities and events: from the original idea, to making, to producing, marketing and distributing. The group worked alongside fourteen emerging artists at Open School East, and received training from creative professionals, including muf.

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muf’s new interactive gallery at the Science Museum was launched to the press – opening in October. (Image above – prototyping exhibits with Toby Parkin, Science Museum, and Sofia Lagerkvist, Front / Wright of Derby.)

May

The next phase of Ruskin Square is on site, due to complete in the Autumn.

April

muf are looking for a post Part-II/Part-III who is both idealistic and pragmatic and can move from the detail to the strategic and back again.
Experienced in working in the UK and fluent in English, ideally with experience in public realm work.
We are based in Mare Street, London E8, and have a proven track record in offering meaningful, flexible working.
Please email jobs@muf.co.uk with a short digital CV and no more than 150 words on why you want to work at muf, and 100 words on your response to a muf built project.

January

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The Festival of Toil and the Dinner Debate is the action research process to establish the art strategy for the Ruskin Square development.

The Festival and Debate, commisioned by Stanhope Schroders, explores what form a contemporary art work for Ruskin Square might take in response to the propositions of the nineteenth century artist, critic and social entrepreneur John Ruskin, after whom this development is named and who once lived in Croydon.

Ruskin believed in the value of communal endeavour and artisan labour as a model of social and cultural equity. How this is relevant today was tested by a production process and debated by the dinner guests, who bring local and international expertise from their fields in the public and private sector, from the social, cultural and economic structures of global capitalism to ‘not for profit’ organisations and individuals.

The cutlery, crockery and food for the dinner was produced working with local social enterprises and with a team of local young care leavers. The team constructed bellows and a furnace, to smelt aluminium waste from the building site, to make cutlery which is polished on the pedal powered grinders and clay was extracted from soil dug from the site to make drinking vessels and an oven, in which to cook bread.

October

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Trenchard street/Bristol : The project is reaching the end of the construction site
Final completion end of October – Other photos coming soon

September

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Kinterbury Creek / Plymouth – New bridge – Charms workshop :
Participative project to enable the local community to make charms cast from recycled aluminium collected as litter from the site.
The charms will be hung on the bridge when is it complete next spring

June

Public Lecture: ‘Come Together: Reinventing the Arts Centre, Barbican’: Liza spoke as part of Restless Futures at Central St Martins

May

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As part of the exhibition ‘All This Belongs to You’ at the V&A, muf have introduced in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries: the over-60’s social club at St. Peter’s Italian Church meet to play cards, have lunch, sing and dance; drawing boards and a drawing lesson; St Joseph’s Hospice away day (‘Curare’: to heal, to care for, to curate).

April

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Wall drawing installed at Knole House

March

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Public Lecture: Urban Design From a Gendered Perspective: Zaida Muxi Martinez & Liza Fior in conversation, chaired by Anne Thorne. Tuesday 10 March, 18:00
muf have been developing an installation for to the exhibition ‘All This Belongs to You’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1 April – 19 July 2015
Liza and Katherine are featured in the exhibition ‘Urbanists’ at Roca London Gallery, 6 March – 27 June 2015

February

muf is lecturing at Architectuurwijzer vzw, Belgium on 10th February.
muf is lecturing at UCL on “Prototyping Uncertainty” on 2nd February

January

The redevelopment of Kings Crescent Estate with public realm delivered by muf is now starting on site!

December

muf has been selected to create meanwhile uses projects on Reeves Corner and London Road in Croydon

September

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muf’s design for a Pocket Park (aka the Community Orchard) has been shortlisted for the Hackney Design Awards. It is a community-lead initiative that is intended to set the tone for the public realm design of the forthcoming wider regeneration of the adjoining housing estate, and starts to establish a shared ground between the estate and its neighbours. You can vote for the scheme here.

August

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Payers Park, the centrepiece of the 2014 Folkestone Triennial has opened, transforming a wasteland into a place of vertiginous adventure. (Image, above right: Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate, enjoys the park.)
muf has been selected to design a new Interactive Gallery at the Science Museum, London.
muf has been selected to design a new visitor experience at Fell Foot park including a new boat house and camping facilities for the National Trust.

July

muf has been shortlisted to design a new Interactive Gallery at the Science Museum, London.
Opening of The Promise exhibition at the Arnolfini in Bristol: muf are showing an installation featuring a film made with residents of two neighbouring tower blocks.

June

muf has been shortlisted for the 8th Rosa Barba Landscape Prize for Making Space in Dalston, a project with J&L Gibbons. The prize is the sole award of the International Landscape Biennial, to be held in Barcelona in September.
Liza Fior has been appointed Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium, San Fransisco
Mark Lemanski delivered a lecture on art and architecture at the Architects’ Summer Seminar on Saaremaa, Estonia

May

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muf has been awarded a grant by the Graham Foundation for an experimental publication (the potential of digital and print-on-demand publishing) for the dissemination of ideas and to provoke debate. The publication, to be produced in collaboration with Helen Thomas will explore the work of muf architecture/art and their collaborations with artists, writers and designers in London, America and Europe, the inner workings of urban development from a small corner of the UK is explored within a wider global context and from a lateral perspective.

March

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Payers Park for the Folkestone Triennial is on site! Ground is broken – due for completion in August.

The vision for Hofbogen, by muf and Crimson, is launched in Rotterdam.

February

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muf is working on the design of a future park in a former industrial harbour in the new area of ‘Frihamnen’, Gothenburg.

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We have moved into our new premises at 72-74 Mare Street, London E8 4RT.
muf has been appointed as part of the team to devise the Neighborhood Plan led by the local community in Redcliffe, Bristol.
The Kings Crescent Pocket Park has started on site.

December

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The Ruskin Square pedestrian link was opened in Croydon.

November

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Lighting tests for Barnet Council’s OLF project were realised around 4 of the 6 sites where improvements are expected to be delivered by March 2014: Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, The Market, The Library, The Grand Arcade, and along the High Street. Two mature tulip trees were planted on Nether Street in November, with more tree planting taking place in December.

October

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We presented our concept design proposals for improved visitor experience at Knole in Kent.

August

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Prototyping Uncertainty, Art Camp 2013 was delivered in August with Tom Woolner and Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad on the disused St Clements Hosptial site as part of the East London Community Land Trust meanwhile uses.
Art Camp is a muf initiated, artist led program of activity on pre development sites, to explore the potential for the overlap between play and art practice to inform development.
For documentation of Art Camp click here.

July

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Muf will be designing the apple orchard pocket park for King’s Crescent Estate in Hackney.
The Open Air Museum of the Everyday, a two-week series of events and activities as the first stage in the transformation of Payer’s Park, took place in Folkestone.
The next stage of Ruskin Square in Croydon is on site.

June

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muf’s proposals helped to secure funding for the temporary redevelopment of the Hofplein Station in Rotterdam, with Crimson Architectural Historians.
We are working with the National Trust on a new project to develop improved visitor experiences at Knole in Kent.

May

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Art Camp 2013 was launched with a dinner debate art the Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick.
muf contributed to the InterActivity 2014 conference in Pittsburgh at part of the Reimagining Children’s Museums project.
Liza was invited to Stockholm by Mohamed El Abed to give a lecture, visit Farsta (one of the development areas for the city) and then give a workshop with the planners and culture team.