Talk Auditorium

Restore Talks: APPARATA and Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

London-based architects APPARATA join Design Researcher in Residence Delfina Fantini van Ditmar.

What to expect

Programmed to celebrate the Design Researchers in Residence: Restore exhibition, this event features two conversations on architecture and the city in the age of environmental crises.

Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham of Apparata Architects will join Researcher in Residence Delfina Fantini van Ditmar to discuss ways of designing buildings using fewer materials and the limits of the net zero agenda. The conversation will draw on Apparata's celebrated House for Artists project in Barking, East London, and Delfina's research into domestic heating and materiality in a speculative future.

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Pre-booking required.

Adult: £5

Student/Concession: Free

Members: Free

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Apparata Architects

APPARATA is a studio for architecture, design and research. They design and construct buildings, furniture and books: tools for everyday life that open up unknown possibilities. They work with how things are put together: materials, structures, identities, communities, landscapes. The studio has recently completed A House for Artists, a new form of low rent co-housing combined with community arts centre in Barking, London. It is one of the Observer’s best 5 buildings of 2021.

Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

Delfina is a researcher and lecturer at the RCA's Design Products + Futures Programme. She has a transdisciplinary background linking design research, critical algorithmic studies, architecture and ecology. She holds a BA in Biology and completed a PhD at the RCA. Responding to environmental crisis from a systemic perspective, her research examines dematerialisation – an act of removing unecological behaviours and materiality from the world as a necessary paradigm shift for the design sector.

Related exhibition

Researchers in Residence: Restore

A free display of design research responding to the climate crisis by this year's Researchers in Residence.

Future Observatory

Future Observatory

The museum's new research unit focusing on the net zero agenda and related environmental issues.

In collaboration with AHRC

Future Observatory is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funding independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages, design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Background image by Delfina Fantini van Ditmar.