Join The University of Texas School of Architecture with Louis Schulz, of Assemble, London, for a lecture on “House of Annetta: Facilitating Grassroots Action” live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel.
Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design, and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, while retaining a democratic and cooperative working method that enables built-, social-, and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen. When a derelict, early-eighteenth-century townhouse in Central London was given to an obscure Swiss charity, Assemble was invited to come up with an idea of what to do with it. The house had belonged to the artist, cyberneticist, beekeeper, campaigner, and polymath Annetta Pedretti, whose energetic spirit Assemble sought to maintain in the house, while creating a space for grassroots resistance to decades of top-down redevelopment projects. In this talk, Louis Schulz will discuss the ideas behind the project and the amazing woman that lived and died in the house.